DIY Christmas Potpourri



There's nothing more festive than a sweet smelling orange am I right?! Just to add to that festive feeling, I was actually really inspired to do this from watching vlogmas (which I am SERIOUSLY loving so far by the way... it never fails to get me feeling Christmas-y!) but yeah, I was completely inspired by Tanya Burr's vlogmas where she was making Christmas wreaths and although I don't think I'm quite skilled enough to make a wreath just yet, I thought I might have a go at making the little dried oranges that went on her wreath and what better way to display that than in a pot - and there you have potpourri, haha! I haven't actually DIY-ed anything on this blog before (to be honest I haven't really DIY-ed much in my life!) but this was quite a simple little DIY and I'm glad with the way it turned out - so if I can do it, you can do it! Potpourri really is the best way to get your house smelling festive though by the way, not only when it's cooking but also when you put all the bits together in a little pot. We've got our sat on the coffee table and it smells like Christmas and I LOVE IT! So I thought I would share this little DIY, it's super super easy, all you need is a little patience and you too can have the best smelling house this Christmas, haha!




As I said, this is super duper simple to make! Just get yourself some oranges (I had around 12 in total), slice them up into thin slices (be careful of your fingers because it gets really slippery and juicy, haha!) the thinner your slices the quicker they'll dry so bare that in mind if you've got a time limit. Once your oranges are sliced pop them onto some kitchen roll or a clean tea towel in order to drain out any excess juice, you can then pop another layer of kitchen roll or tea towel on top and leave them for around 30 minutes to and hour to drain out. Once a lot of the juice was drained I then popped them onto some parchment paper on a baking tray and popped them into the oven. Using parchment paper means that the oranges will take longer to dry out, but I didn't want to pop them directly onto the oven racks or onto the baking tray because I didn't want them to stick or burn - it's completely up to you though, since loads of recipes say different things! I popped mine in the oven on a very low heat for around 3 hours total (enjoying the gorgeous festive smell!) until the oranges felt dry - they will still feel a little sticky though, don't worry about that! I then left them on a rack to cool for around 30 minutes before putting them into a bowl with some cinnamon sticks and star anises (apparently that's the plural of star anise.. but I'm not so sure?! Someone correct me, haha!) which made the whole thing smell super spicy and festive - actually star anises smell very cough syrupy but mixed together in with the orange and the cinnamon it was such a great mix, I definitely recommend it! You don't even have to put these into a bowl either, you could string them on a garland and hang them around your house - you can even dry some lemon and limes too for a more colourful garland! These also make great gifts if you pop them into a cellophane bag and decorate them with cute string and a label - easy peasy festive Christmas gift! 

 


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8 comments :

  1. I love this! I'm definitly going to try making it! I have been debating buying some to put round my house, but you have just sold this to me, I can do it myself lol! Also think a lot of people will be receiving these in their gift boxes. Thanks so much sweets! x

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    1. It's so much cheaper to make your own and you can add you own little touches to it if you like! :) x

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  2. This is a great idea! Your photos look lovely too :) xXx

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  3. This looks fab! I've never tried drying oranges before, but you've made it look SO simple :) Thanks! It sure would make such a cute gift too xx

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    1. It really is simple! You just need a little patience! :) x

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  4. I never thought to make my own but now I want to, it looks great!

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    1. I'm glad you're feeling inspired! :) x

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