Crafting Potpourri Hearts: A Charming Addition to Any Home


Welcome to Sparta Country Candles! Today, we’re diving into a delightful DIY project that combines the beauty of nature with the warmth of handcrafted décor: potpourri hearts. These charming scented decorations are perfect for adding a touch of fragrance and rustic elegance to any space. Whether you’re looking to freshen up your home or create heartfelt gifts, potpourri hearts are a versatile and easy project you’ll love.

What Are Potpourri Hearts?

Potpourri hearts are small, heart-shaped sachets filled with fragrant dried flowers, herbs, spices, and essential oils. They are a fantastic way to bring natural scents into your home. Typically made from fabric, these hearts can be hung in closets, placed in drawers, or displayed as part of your home décor. The combination of aromatic ingredients not only provides a pleasant scent but also adds a touch of handmade charm to your surroundings.

Materials Needed

To create your own potpourri hearts, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Fabric: Cotton or linen works well. Choose patterns or colors that suit your style.
  • Dried Flowers and Herbs: Lavender, rose petals, chamomile, and rosemary are popular choices.
  • Spices: Cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise can add warm, spicy notes.
  • Essential Oils: Lavender, rose, or citrus oils enhance the fragrance.
  • Thread and Needle: For sewing the fabric hearts.
  • Scissors: To cut the fabric.
  • Ribbon or Twine: For hanging the hearts.
  • Stuffing: Cotton or polyester fiberfill to give the hearts a soft, plump shape.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Potpourri Hearts

Step 1: Preparing the Fabric

Start by selecting your fabric. Cut out two heart shapes of equal size. You can use a template to ensure uniformity. The hearts should be about 4-6 inches in diameter, but you can adjust the size based on your preference.

Step 2: Mixing the Potpourri

In a bowl, combine your dried flowers, herbs, and spices. Aim for a balanced mix that appeals to your senses. Add a few drops of essential oil to the mixture and gently toss to distribute the fragrance evenly. Let the potpourri sit for a few hours to allow the scent to meld.

Step 3: Sewing the Hearts

Place the two fabric heart pieces together with the right sides facing inward. Sew around the edges, leaving a small opening for turning and stuffing. Once sewn, turn the heart right-side out.

Step 4: Stuffing the Hearts

Fill the heart with your potpourri mixture and a bit of stuffing. The stuffing helps give the heart a fuller shape while the potpourri provides the fragrance. Be careful not to overfill, as you’ll need to sew the opening closed.

Step 5: Closing the Heart

After filling the heart, sew the opening closed with small, neat stitches. If desired, add a ribbon or twine loop to the top of the heart for hanging. Secure the ribbon with a few stitches or fabric glue.

Tips for Customizing Your Potpourri Hearts

  • Fabric Choices: Experiment with different fabrics for a variety of looks. Lace, burlap, or even felt can add unique textures and styles to your hearts.
  • Fragrance Combinations: Mix and match different dried flowers, herbs, and essential oils to create custom scents. For a calming effect, try lavender and chamomile. For a festive touch, combine cinnamon and cloves with orange essential oil.
  • Decorative Elements: Enhance your potpourri hearts with decorative elements like buttons, beads, or embroidery. Personalize each heart to suit the recipient if you’re giving them as gifts.

Benefits of Potpourri Hearts

  • Natural Fragrance: Potpourri hearts offer a natural alternative to synthetic air fresheners, filling your home with soothing scents.
  • Decorative Appeal: These hearts can be both functional and decorative, adding a handmade touch to your décor.
  • Versatility: Use them in various places around your home, such as in closets, drawers, or as part of a centerpiece.
  • Eco-Friendly: By using natural and often recycled materials, potpourri hearts are an environmentally conscious choice.
  • Handmade Gifts: They make thoughtful, handmade gifts for friends and family, suitable for any occasion.

Caring for Your Potpourri Hearts

To maintain the fragrance of your potpourri hearts, occasionally refresh them with a few drops of essential oil. Gently massage the hearts to help redistribute the scent. If the fabric becomes soiled, spot clean with a damp cloth, avoiding any harsh detergents that might damage the material or the scent.


Potpourri hearts are a simple yet delightful way to bring the beauty and fragrance of nature into your home. They offer a charming blend of functionality and aesthetics, making them perfect for personal use or as heartfelt gifts. At Sparta Country Candles, we’re passionate about helping you create a warm, inviting home with handcrafted items. Visit us at spartacandles for more DIY projects, fragrant candles, and home décor inspiration.

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