Creating Pot Pourri

This activity offers a wonderful sensory experience for participants as they are immersed in the scents and textures of the pot pourri materials. It is a good way of using flowerheads that you have previously harvested and dried.


Develops fine motor skills; promotes social interaction; offers sensory stimulation and a sense of accomplishment.

Materials required:

  • gloves
  • 1 litre (2pt) dried flowers, leaves, roots or seeds
  • fixative (see recipes below)
  • essential oil
  • wooden spoon
  • small bowl
  • large bowl for mixing
  • airtight storage container.


  1. Place fixatives, such as orris root powder or ground gum benzoin, and any powdered spices in a small bowl. Add essential oils and rub the mix between your fingers until it is well-blended. Gloves should be worn.
  2. Blend the remaining dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Add the fixatives and essential oils and stir the mixture well using a wooden spoon.
  4. Store the mixture in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag for 4 – 6 weeks.
  5. Remove and place in a decorative dish or other container. Decorate with additional dried flowers, dried fruit or seeds. Pot pourri can also be added to muslin bags or used to create scented pillows.
  6. Recipes

    Spicy Lemon Mix

    1 litre (2pt) mixed blue flowers
    30g (1oz) orris root
    1 finely crushed cinnamon stick
    2 teaspoons allspice berries
    4 drops clove oil
    4 drops geranium oil
    4 drops lemon oil

    Citrus and Marigold Mix

    500ml (1pt) mixed yellow and orange flowers
    500ml (1pt) lemon verbena
    500ml (1pt) oakmoss
    30g (1oz) mixed sweet herbs
    30g (1oz) senna pods
    2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
    2 broken cinnamon sticks
    peel of ½ an orange
    Peel of ½ a lemon
    4 drops marigold oil
    2 drops orange oil
    1 drop lemon oil
    Yellow flowerheads and seedheads to decorate

    Rose Mix

    500ml (1pt) mixed whole roses
    500ml (1pt) oakmoss
    60g (2oz) dried mint
    30g (1oz) orris root powder
    1 teaspoon crushed mace
    4 broken cinnamon sticks
    Peel of a lemon
    3 drops rose oil
    1 drop lemon oil
    1 drop peppermint oil

    Soul Mix

    60g (2oz) rose petals
    30g (1oz) each of camomile flowers, meadowsweet and agrimony
    15g (½oz) lemon balm
    8 crushed bay leaves
    1 tablespoon crushed cinnamon sticks
    1 tablespoon crushed vanilla pod
    2 teaspoons crushed cloves
    2 teaspoons crushed allspice
    3 tablespoons orris root
    3 drops carnation oil
    2 drops violet oil

    Sweet Wood Mix

    1 litre (2pt) mixed scented woods (for example, cedar wood, cinnamon bark, cypress wood, sandalwood) and fragrant sawdust
    60g (2oz) lavender
    30g (1oz) ground gum benzoin
    2 teaspoons crushed allspice berries
    4 star anise
    4 drops Bois de Rose oil
    4 drops cypress oil.

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