Make a Single Layer Potpourri.
When I moved from the Cottage I brought with me the last of the harvested petals from the garden with the idea of making a "memory potpourri" for my new home.
Dried petals of pink peony, yellow rose buds, daffodil blossoms, herb leaves from my old home, and a few blue hydrangea blossoms from the garden here, were mixed together. I didn't have any orris root for use as a fixative.
Hmmm...what to use to hold the scent of the essential oils I'd planned to mix in?
I recalled that other items such as sliced dried corn cobs and real corks from wine or champagne (not the plastic/vinyl corks now in use by many wineries) could be used as a substitute.
While I didn't have any corn cobs, I did have some champagne corks I'd acquired for a project that has been sitting on the back burner for a long time.
From my essential oils "still cupboard" I gathered the essential oils that have a peaceful vibe...lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, rose, and cedarwood.
I put the corks in a large stainless steel bowl and dripped a few drops of each oil on them and stirred them around. Then I added the dried petals and stirred those gently to pick up the sheen of essential oils clinging to the inside of the bowl and any excess on the corks.
Pleased with the look and scent of my new potpourri, I filled a pretty bowl in my front entry hall. I had some left but not enough to fill another bowl. But, there was just enough left to cover the bottom of silver tray--perfect for my bedroom dresser top.
A potpourri of only a few ingredients such as dried petals, leaves, and berries plus a few drops of one or more essential oils is so pretty, aromatic, and satisfying to create.
Or, create a bowlful.