Craft Potpourri

1. Mix applesauce, cinnamon and glue until it forms a smooth ball. If too sticky, add more cinnamon.

2. Chill for about 30 minutes.

3. Roll dough on waxed paper about 1/4″-1/2″ thick.

4. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes.

5. Use the straw to make a hole in top for hanging.

6. Let dry at room temperature for two days.

7. String a ribbon through hole and hang “cookies” for a warm, cozy smell.

Making and using potpourri:

According to San Francisco Herb Company (www.sfherb.com), here are a few tips on using potpourri ingredients:

1. Mix dry ingredients in a non-metal bowl or even a paper bag.

2. Fixatives such as Oak Moss, Orris Root, Cellulose, Citrus Peels and spices help absorb, preserve and release the fragrance of your blend.

3. Dyed potpourri items should be blended after potpourri is scented to prevent color from bleeding.

4. Use a pipette to gradually add fragrance or essential oils to potpourri. Campers often want to add a few teaspoons of fragrance, which can be very over-powering!

Silvana Clark has over 20 years experience helping thousands of children create arts and crafts projects and presents keynotes and workshops on a variety of recreation related subjects. Silvana can be reached at (615) 662-7432 or Silvanac@msn.com.

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