This adorable pumpkin potpourri is made with putka pods. Putka pods come from the Glochidion ferdinandi tree that grows naturally in Australia. Tossed in fragrance oil and placed in a jar, these tiny looking pumpkins bring a festive feel to your home.
- 1 cup natural putka pods
- 1-3 teaspoons pumpkin pie fragrance oil
- ¼ teaspoon dried orris root cut
- 1 pint wide mouth jar with metal band
- 1 frog lid
- Add the putka pods and orris root to a fragrance safe bowl.
- Drizzle a little of the fragrance oil over the putka pods at a time and mix. The goal is to lightly wet the putka pods, but not add so much oil that it makes them slimy.
- Transfer the scented putka pods to the jar, place on the frog lid, and then the metal band.
- Give the jar a gentle shake once in a while to release more scent.
- The frog lid is there so the scented putka pods can send its fragrance into the air. If you wish to use the jar lid when not in use, place a piece of plastic wrap between the lid and jar. Sometimes the fragrance oils can corrode the metal lids and eat at the rubber gasket.
- Decorate the outside of the jar for the occasion. Burlap ribbon or homespun tied around the jar is a nice rustic touch.
- Use a rusty frog lid and band for a more primitive look.
- Hand paint some of your putka pods and then seal them for a pop of color. Add them after you’ve already scented the other pods.
- You could use essential oils to keep things all natural.
- Add in some salt dough ornaments, mini grapevine stars, tiny cinnamon sticks, and other natural craft supplies to spice up your potpourri.
- Change your scent! Add spicy and evergreen fragrance oils for a winter feel.
- Frog lids can be found in the floral section of your craft store.
- Over time the scent will dissipate. Just add a few more drops of your fragrance oil to the putka pods in the jar and give them a little shake.