I love getting flowers, and roses are my favorite. Spring is in the air and flowers are blooming everywhere. Making your own potpourri makes a great gift around the holidays. It’s perfect for a guest bathroom, or centerpiece on the table. These also make great hostess gifts.

I made this batch with 12 pink roses and baby’s breath.

Yield: 4 cups of potpourri


Fresh flowers, stems, and leaves. (any combination you like)

2 kitchen towels

dinner plate

essential oils, spices, or perfume


Peel off all the petals gently from the flowers.

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Lay the towel over the dinner plate

Working in batches, spread the petals evenly on the towel. Microwave for 2 minutes. Take out and gently lat the petals on the other towel. Repeat this process until all the flowers are done.

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There is a little moisture left in the petals so let them dry overnight.

The next day you can sprinkle the petals with essential oils like vanilla, lavender, or spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. You can also use perfume to create your favorite scents.

Store the potpourri in a sealed glass container. Before use just give a gentle shake, open and enjoy your very own beautifully scented potpourri.

rose potpourri

Happy Cooking!