How to Make Rose Potpourri
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How to Make Rose Potpourri

Do you have roses in your garden that produce beautiful scented blooms and you want to preserve that aroma to scent your home? This easy guide shows how to make rose potpourri at home.

Tools Needed

  • Pruners
  • Bucket or basket for collecting the blooms
  • Drying racks or spare drawer or trays with paper towels

Materials Needed

(These amounts can be adjusted depending on how many rose petals you have)

  • 6 Cups Dried Rose Petals
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon or 2 Cinnamon Sticks Crumbled
  • 1/8 Tsp. Rose Oil or 2 to 3 drops of Essential Rose Oil – Try this quality oil from Amazon. (Paid link)

Optional Ingredients

  • 2 Tsp. Orris Root Powder – This can be purchased from Amazon. (Paid link)
  • ½ Cup Mandarin or Orange Peel
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried Mint Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried Rosemary Leaves
  • 2 Cups Dried Lavender Flowers


Firstly, the colour of the petals you use is important to the overall look of the potpourri. If you are putting the potpourri in a gauze satchel then the bloom colour won’t matter as it won’t be easily seen, but if you are storing in a jar then keep in mind that white and yellow blooms tend to go brown when dried whereas red blooms will turn a deep maroon creating a more pleasing look.

How to Make Rose Potpourri

  1. Pick the Rose Petals

    Pick the petals anytime from when the bloom is fully open to when some of the blooms start to dry around the edges. Either cut the flowerhead off with pruners then pick off the blooms or take the blooms in one hand and pull off the flowerhead.

    Open Rose Perfect for Rose Potpourri

  2. Dry the Blooms

    Place the blooms in one layer either on drying racks or on trays lined with paper towels. Another option is to line a drawer with paper towels then arrange the petals in a single layer. Leave the drawer open by at least an inch so enough air can get in.

    Drying rose petals on racks.

  3. Toss all Ingredients Together

    Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss together. The Orris root powder is a natural herb which helps to set in the aroma.   It can be found online or in health food stores.

  4. Store your Potpourri

    Place into clean jars or airtight containers then leave for one to two months to let the scents mix and develop. When ready to use take the lid off the jar to let the wonderful rose scent fill your home.

    Storing rose potpourri in a jar.

Drying Potpourri Ingredients

How Long Does It Take to Dry Rose Petals?

Depending on the weather it can take a few days to a week or two for the rose petals to completely dry. During this time dry the other ingredients needed. The herbs can be tied together and hung.

How do you Dry Citrus Peel for Potpourri?

Mandarin or orange peel can be dried by laying the peel between two paper towels. Mandarin peel is dried as is but for the orange use a peeler to cut strips off the outside. This avoids the white pith creating a better look for the potpourri.

Do you have lavender in your garden? Try this guide to making Homemade Lavender Potpourri.


Put a Christmas ribbon around the top of the jar with a personalised label for a unique Christmas Gift.

Make satchels using gauze or sheer fabric such as chiffon to add the scent to your lingerie drawer or as a gift. See this guide to making Lavender Satchels for step by step instructions.

How to make a Potpourri Satchel

How to Make Rose Potpourri Satchels

Cut out two pieces of Chiffon or similar gauze material 10 cm (4 inch) by 15 cm (6 inch).

Sew a hem along one of the 10 cm sides on both pieces.

Place right sides together with the hem ends together then sew around three sides leaving the hem end open.

Turn inside out then fill 2/3 full with potpourri. Gather together at the top of the potpourri and hand sew the gathers together so the potpourri will not be able to escape.

Tie a ribbon around the hand sewing with an attractive bow.

Looking for a sewing machine to do basic projects such as these satchels? Try this top rated Brother sewing machine from Amazon. (Paid link)

To save or print this guide on how to make rose potpourri, here is the PDF Version.

Do you love using herbs from your garden?  Try these guides on Drying Thyme or Mint.

Looking for more free craft projects? Try these Craft Ideas, making your own Heat Pack or a Christmas tree bird.

Do you love growing and preserving your own food? Try this free Homesteading guide to save money at home.

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