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How to concoct your own autumn potpourri

October 7, 2014

As the leaves fall to the ground outside, you might find yourself longing for the wonderful smells of autumn. Warm and spicy scents are traditional around the holidays, and sometimes you can't find a potpourri that captures the aromas you're looking for. However, you can easily make your own mixture, either dry or on the stove, to fill your house with the wonderful smells of fall.

Dry potpourri
Making traditional potpourri is as easy as mixing together a few ingredients. You can experiment with different scents to make a product as simple or complex as you'd like. To start, gather a large bowl and the container you want to store your potpourri in. You can use a mason jar, a festive bowl or little satchels. Next, begin to collect scents that remind you of autumn. Free People suggested using whole cinnamon sticks, vanilla extract, anise seeds, allspice, nutmeg and whole cloves. You can add in dried apple slices, orange peels, flower petals or anything else you have around the house. In the bowl, combine the ingredients and gently stir to mix the scents. Smell your concoction and adjust the aromas to suit your nose. When you're happy with the mixture, gently pour it into your container. If your potpourri is going to be a centerpiece, you can add in some pinecones, acorns, leaves or twigs for decoration.

Stovetop potpourri
Another way to fill your house with warming aromas is to simmer some potpourri on the stove. This method is especially useful when you're having guests over, as it'll spread through the house and create a welcoming atmosphere. You'll need a medium saucepan filled with water and your favorite aromatic ingredients. Simply add the spices, herbs and other objects to the pot of water and simmer on low. The Kitchn recommended using apple slices, cinnamon and cloves for a warm pie smell or pine branches, orange peels, nutmeg, cinnamon and cranberries for a more earthy holiday smell. Feel free to mix and match your favorite scents or just use one ingredient. Your house will smell wonderful after 30 minutes or so, but you can leave the pot to simmer as long as you'd like. If you leave the potpourri on for more than an hour, be sure to refill the water as it boils away.

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