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porkchop1313
« on: December 01, 2004 06:41:48 AM »

*I also posted this in LJ- sorry to those of you that may have seen this before* Tongue

Ok- this is not MY idea (disclaimer). For some reason, I was up at 3AM last night and happened to catch "Crafters Coast to Coast" on HGTV (www.hgtv.com). They had all these awesome looking projects, but there was one easy- looking one in particular that I wanted to try...see below...props to Kathy, the busy executive, whose idea this really is...

Holiday Potpourri

Materials:

cheesecloth
red fabric dye (when I watched last night, I thought she used red food coloring. Dunno if this would come off when boiling the potpourri though?)
orange peel
lemon peel
ginger
allspice
cinnamon sticks
***Secret Ingredient- Juniper berries***
twine
scissors
oven
gift card

Steps:

1. Cut cheesecloth into 6-inch squares.

2. Dye the white cloth red.

3. Peel orange, lemon, ginger, and dry overnight or dry in the oven.

4. Place allspice, cinnamon and dried peel (and juniper berries!!!) in the middle of the cheesecloth.

5. Tie with twine and add a little gift card.

This potpourri can be placed in hot water to give off a holiday aroma. Note: It's not meant to drink.

It looked really, really easy and I bet it smells great. Might be good as a little gift embellishment or possible as a stocking stuffer? Enjoy! Grin
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pickledkitty
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2004 11:23:43 PM »

Hey, I was thinking of doing this for my neighbors... now I don't have to go back through my collection of CC2C to figure out the recipe... Thanks a ton!;p
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2004 11:04:00 AM »

That's a great idea!  I originally asked a dumb question, so I had to fix my post.   Cheesy  After re-reading I answered it myself!   Cheesy Cheesy
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porkchop1313
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2004 12:01:17 PM »

I'm glad that someone will try this, as I thought I was going to, and then got caught up in, like, a zillion other projects...
Let me know how it turns out for you guys!!!
 Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2004 02:34:19 PM »

I saw the same episode and have made the potpurri packets already--they are so easy to make and smell very, very nice.  I couldn't find the juniper berries, though, so just left those out.  Instead of the cheesecloth I found cute little baggies at a craft store--they're pretty colors, and transparent (made for bath salts, I believe).  The little packets look so pretty!  I can't wait to give them out.  I also made a few with just cinnamon sticks, anise, whole nutmeg (smashed w/ a hammer), allspice and cloves.  I actually like this one a little better.

FYI:  If you use the same little baggies that I did, do make sure to keep an ever-watchful eye on the boiling pot of water, as it tends to evaporate, and TRUST ME--you do NOT  want your home smelling of burning plastic baggie with potpurri inside it!
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2004 12:20:18 PM »

Also to make it even eaiser buy mulling spices at your health food market I got mine  at Vitamin Cottage in CO and just fill the cheesecloth with it
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