Make autumn potpourri

Fallen pine cones, bark and dry leaves form the perfect base for a colourful and fragrant potpourri

How to make autumn potpourri

Tip: Dried orange and lime rounds can be reused as Christmas-tree decorations.

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You Will Need

  • Oranges and limes
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Star anise
  • Cloves
  • Essential oils
  • Pine cones, fallen bark and sturdy dry leaves, all foraged from your garden or local wood

Step 1

How to make autumn potpourri

Slice the oranges and limes into 1cm-thick rounds. Pat the slices dry with a cloth then lay on a metal rack above a baking tray. Place the tray in a low-heat oven (65°C) for four hours or until the oranges and limes are dry. Remove and allow to cool.

Step 2

How to make autumn potpourri

Put the oven-dried fruit into a medium-sized bowl, then add the cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves to the mix. You can be creative and throw in whatever you like, as long as it smells good and is dry. Bay leaves, rosemary and dried apple work well.

Step 3

How to make autumn potpourri

For an extra burst of aroma, add a few drops of essential oil. Frankincense, pine and cedarwood are particularly festive and can usually be found at your local health store or market. Mix well and distribute into smaller bowls to place around your home.

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Words by Jessica Barton