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Fall Dried Fruit Potpourri


 

Fall Dried Fruit Potpourri

How would you like an easy fall project that gives you the ambience of autumn and makes the house smell so scrumptious in the process?  I really enjoyed making this dried fruit potpourri because it made my house smell so good,  when the fruit was cooking!  The rich colors look so  fabulously fall, and the cinnamon/citrus scent that is added is the icing on the cake!  You can pour this wonderful potpourri into your favorite fall bowl or even fill mason jars and give it as seasonal gifts.  Your friends will love it too!

I have never made any kind of potpourri before, and I found this was very easy to make.  All you need is plenty of time to dry the fruit, so make sure to give yourself several days to make a few batches (depending on how much you want to make.)  Two cookie sheet pans will fill up a quart-sized mason jar, and four pans will fill up a half-gallon mason jar, like the one I used in the pics.

One way I like to display my dried fruit potpourri is with a mason jar and frog lid.  The mason jar displays the different colors of the potpourri while the frog lid lets the ‘OH SO WONDERFUL’ scent out of the top.  Click HERE to see my simple DIY Frog Lid Tutorial.

Fall Dried Fruit Potpourri Tutorial

Supplies:

  1. Fruit (apples, limes, oranges, lemons, pears)
  2. Cinnamon Sticks (you can buy them in any grocery store or you can buy them HERE)
  3. Cloves (you can find them at any grocery store or you can buy them HERE)
  4. Tiny Pine Cones (you can find these at most craft stores or you can buy them HERE)
  5. Putka Pods (you can find them HERE)-I love these because they look like little mini pumpkins!
  6. Essential Oils-I found mine at Sprouts but you can also get them here:
  7. Cookie sheets (I used two at a time because I only have two racks in my oven)
  8. Parchment paper
  9. Mandolin slicer (you can find one similar to mine HERE)

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Dried Fruit Potpourri Instructions

Preparing the Fruit:

First gather your mandolin.  It should have several fittings that will allow you to cut your fruit at different thicknesses.  Find a fitting that will cut the fruit at approx. 1/4 inch thick (Mine has a little red slide-in guard that allows me to cut 1/4 inch thick slices).

Now it’s time to grab your mandolin hand guard.

Next, push a piece of fruit onto the spikes of the mandolin hand guard.

Then, run the hand guard along the blades of the mandolin, slicing your fruit.  Slice enough fruit to fill your cookie sheet(s).

Drying the fruit:

First, find your cookie sheet and place a piece of parchment paper over it.

Now, place your sliced fruit onto the cookie sheets, making sure the slices lay flat.  For this particular cookie sheet I dried oranges, apples, lemons, and limes.

Bake at 150 degrees for 6-8 hours and then let it cool.  After cooling, your fruit should be hard to the touch and not soggy or soft.  If it’s still soft, place the fruit back in the oven for 1-2 more hours.  As you can see, the fruit darkens a bit after being dried.  The lemons really turn dark and the apples crisp into little curled-looking chips.

Here are some pears that I sliced.

After drying the pears, they curled up just like the apples did.

Adding the scent:

First, pour your dried fruit into a bag and then add your essential oils by shaking each bottle a few times over the fruit.

Next, shake the bag around for a minute or so until all the fruit has been coated with the oil.  You can use the same bag for storing and keeping your potpourri fresh during the off-season.

Now your potpourri is ready!

Add extra ingredients:

You can now mix in the cinnamon sticks, cloves, tiny pine cones, and putka pods (or whatever else you want to add).

Pour it all into your favorite dish to show off!  As I had mentioned before, one way I like to display my dried fruit potpourri is with a mason jar and frog lid.  The mason jar reveals the eye-catching colors of the potpourri while the frog lid lets the absolutely DELICIOUS scent out of the top (Click HERE to see my easy Frog Lid Tutorial). I tied some raffia around the lid and hot glued 2 small fall flowers to make it look cute.

Happy Fall!!!

Fall Dried Fruit Potpourri


 

Sharing at these great link parties:

Busy MondayInspire Me TuesdayThe Hearth & SoulMetamorphosis Monday – All About HomeFollow the Yellow Brick HomeInspire Me MondayYou’re the Star – – Inspire Me MondayLittle Cottage Link Party Inspire Me MondayWonderful Wednesday –  Creative Muster PartyWow Me WednesdayYour Whims WednesdayTuesday Turn AboutHomestead Blog HopTuesdays with a TwistWonderful Wednesday – To Grandma’s House We GoVintage Charm PartyOur Hopeful Home

More great link parties I’m sharing at:

Waste Not WednesdayParty in Your PJsThursday Favorite ThingsGrace at HomeKeep in TouchFriday Favorites  – Funtastic FridayFuntastic Friday  – Happy Pink SaturdayDare to ShareSaturday SparksCreate, Bake, Grow & GatherA Morning Cup of Joe!Farmhouse FridayHappiness is HomemadeSnickerdoodle Create Bake MakeOver the MoonSilver Pennies SundayLove Your Creativity

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26 Comments

  1. Great Idea. and inexpensive ❤🧡🌾🍁

  2. Awesome idea, looks pretty too! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 18.

  3. Your dried fruit looks beautiful in that jar with that big flower! Fabulous! I’m pinning this!

  4. This is such a great idea. I’ve never made potpourri before, but I love the look and smell of it. I like how you’ve used the jar with the frog lid. Great idea! This tutorial makes it look doable! Thank you for sharing!

    • Tee

      Thank you so much, Marielle! It is a wonderful smell to have this season! I appreciate your kind words!

  5. Love your potpourri Tiffany – thanks for sharing at inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! Congrats for being one of our Featured Guests this week! #462

  6. I am in love with this idea! Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial with us, over at You’re the Star! We hope to see you again soon!

  7. Your potpourri jar is gorgeous! It is featured on the Little Cottage Link Party today.

  8. I love all the different ingredients you are using in your DIY fall potpourri, Tee! I bet the fragrance is amazing! I’m happy to be featuring you at Tuesday Turn About tomorrow! Pinned to two boards!

    • Tee

      Thank you, Julie! You are right! It does smell wonderful and fills the house with a yummy scent! I’m so happy you visited today!

  9. Ann

    What a fantastic way to make your house smell wonderful! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s – you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.

  10. That must smell amazing!
    But I will admit that I just look how pretty this looks in your mason jars! It’s lovely, and ought to last for a long time!

    Love it!
    Laurie

    • Tee

      Thanks for your kind words, Laurie! I think it will last for years, because all you have to do is add scent drops to it when you close it up for the year and it will be so wonderful smelling all over again!

  11. CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 19, open until December 26 at 12:05 am.

  12. What an amazing idea, I love homemade popourri.
    I would love to have you stop by and share on my Linky party. Find link below.
    Have a great weekend!

  13. Tee,
    What a great potpourri. Wonderful tutorial as well. Congratulations, you are being featured at Over The Moon Linky Party. I hope you stop by.
    https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2020/11/over-moon-linky-party_28.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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