It’s no secret I like to dig out my craft supplies during the cold days of winter. I’ve made everything from handmade earrings and necklaces to baked goods and homemade potpourri – all of which make great gifts for the holidays, or even Valentine’s Day.
If you’re short on time, whip up a batch of this fragrant apple-cinnamon potpourri to put into delicate sachets. These make wonderful gifts to give to teachers, neighbors, friends, and family members.
Apple-Cinnamon Potpourri Sachets
- Fresh apples
- Cinnamon sticks
- Cinnamon essential oil
- Organic landscaping mulch
- Organza or tulle sachet bags
- Dried flower buds
- Cutting board and knife
- Metal mixing spoon
- Food dehydrator
- Small plastic tote
- Large mixing bowl
- Recycled raffia ribbon
- Choose a mixture of red, yellow, and green apples to give your potpourri a splash of color. Start by making dried apple slices. Slice the apples into thin, round disks and dry them in a food dehydrator.
- While the fruit dries, purchase a small bag of organic gardening mulch. Save the large pieces of wood for landscaping projects; you want the wood shavings in the bottom of the bag for this project. Pour the bag of mulch into a small plastic tote and let the kids sort the large and small pieces.
- Place the wood shavings in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle it with cinnamon essential oil and stir with a metal spoon. A oil little goes a long way, so use a small amount at first. You can always add more for a stronger fragrance. Now add the apple slices and cinnamon sticks to the wood shavings. You will want one apple slice and one cinnamon stick for each sachet.
- Scoop the homemade potpourri into pretty organza or tulle sachets from a craft store. Tie the tops of each gift with recycled raffia ribbon and a few dried flower buds. Wrap each sachet in a pretty gift box with handwritten directions to use the fragrant gift to freshen a clothing drawer, hang in the car, place in a bathroom, or use in an office.
Do you also like to get crafty during the winter? Tell us in the comments below what creative projects you’ve been working on this week!
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