Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How To-sday - Lighted Potpourri Jar

This is such a great item to make quickly and place in the bathroom.  It is festive, holiday themed and leaves a great scent when you have guests in the delicate room!

How to -

Step one - Gather your supplies.  You will need:

  • 1 wide mouth 1 quart canning jar
  • 1 string of 20 to 30 christmas lights (I got mine from the dollar store)
  • potpourri
  • two rubber bands
  • a paper or cloth doily
Step two - Potpourri
       I suggest making your potpourri rather than buying it, but in the essence of time, you can get some store-made at your local hobby center.  Here is recipe for seasonal potpourri if you want to try your hand at homemade.

Potpourri for the Holiday

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks, crushed
  • 1 to 3 star anise, broken is fine
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom pods, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger or 1/8 cup dried ginger root pieces
  • Needles from a pine branch, or from one sprig of rosemary (about 1 tsp. dried rosemary)
  • 5 to 7 slices of dried orange
  • 1 to 2 tsp dried mint leaves
  • 1 Tbls. dried bay leaves
Combine ingredients in a jar and shake to blend.  Store in the jar for a few days to meld the scents.
Use as the potpourri in this project or add 1 cup mixture to a medium saucepan and fill 3/4 full with water and use as a potpourri simmer on the stove.

Step three - Fill the jar with lights and potpourri

Place a layer (about 1 inch deep) of potpourri in the bottom of the quart jar.  Thread in the lights and arrange on top of the potpourri.  Plug them in while you are working so you can see your progress. 

Add more potpourri as you thread in the lights and arrange the lights and potpourri artfully so you can enjoy the lights and the colors of the potpourri together.

Top off the jar with potpourri, leaving the tail end of the light cord outside the jar.

Step four - top the jar

Place a rubberband around the top of the jar to hold the string of lights in place over the rim.  Add the doily to the top and, using the second rubber band, secure the doily in place.   Now you have a scent opening.  Tie a bit of ribbon around the rubber band to cover it.

Step five - plug in to final resting place and enjoy!

We also had the one with the multi-color lights on the book shelf in the livingroom.

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