On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Nine Ladies Dancing
The nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit: 1) love, 2) joy, 3) peace, 4) patience, 5) kindness, 6) generosity, 7) faithfulness, 8) gentleness, and 9) self-control. (Galatians 5:22)
Nine ladies dancing was a beautiful sight,
I applauded so loud, it gave them a fright!
They ran away quickly, leaving a shoe or two,
So I filled them up with potpourri for you.
To hang in the closet, or in a drawer hide,
They'll always smell pretty, that won't be denied
Lavender bags are always popular as drawer fragrancers.
Cut the stems of lavender just before the flowers start to open and hang them upside down for a few days for them to dry before rubbing them down to remove the flowers. Once made, the bags should remain effective for 1–2 years.
Fragranced potpourri, whether homemade or shop bought, can also be made into gift sachets. One way of doing this, avoiding any sewing, is to tie it up in cotton handkerchiefs.
Wash and iron the handkerchiefs. Pour about 1/2 cup of potpourri into the centre of the handkerchief. Gather up the ends and either wrap a rubber band around the part near the ball of sachet or tie it up with strong cotton. The sachet should be tightly enclosed. Tie a matching ribbon around the band, making a bow with long ends. If you make the ribbon long enough, then it could be used to hang the sachet in a cupboard or wardrobe.
As an alternative to a handkerchief, you could use a square of muslin or any thin material, though you may need to hem the edges or trim them with ribbon or lace.
I have put mine into containers like the little shoe above or a pretty little bowl.
You could include a small bottle of essential oil with the sachet, for refreshing the potpourri once the fragrance begins to fade.
DDIL#6 made this cute little lighted bowl of potpourri one year for Christmas gifts and I keep it on the dresser in my room.
I hope your day is filled with sweet fragrances !