About this project -
- This is a wonderful smelling potpourri recipe. This can be given
to anyone as a small gift at Christmas time (or any time) to
let them know you are thinking of them -- mail carrier, hairdresser
etc. And it is very inexpensive.
- This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
- 1 pound Orange peel (Dime Size)
- 1/2 pound Lemon peel (Dime Size)
- 1 pound Whole Star Anise
- 1 pound Small Cinnamon Sticks (1 inch)
- 1 pound Whole Allspice
- 1 pound Whole Cloves
- 4 ounces Fixative Orris root, Cellulose Fixative
- 1-2 ounce bottle with dropper of Orange, Cinnamon, or Christmas
Note: This recipe uses 1 pound of each ingredient and will make
about 52 snack size ziplock bags. Cost: $35.00 = .65 per bag.
Project how to -
- If making a small amount, use a jar. If making a larger amount, use
something that you don't mind having the aroma in forever. When I make
it I use a plastic shoe box container. When finished I can put my craft
supplies in it and whenever I open it I get the most wonderful aroma.
- Mix together all ingredients except the oil. After mixing, add the
oil by dropping it onto the potpourri. Trying to get as much as possible
of the oil on the fixative. Continue to mix as you drop the oil into
the potpourri. Use 1/2 of the oil. Check the aroma by smelling 2 or
3 days later; you can always decide to add more oil.
- Let the potpourri sit for 2 to 3 weeks in a cool dark spot. Stirring
every couple days. When finished bag up and label. I use ziplock snack
bags and make labels using address labels on my computer.
Remember you can make as little or as much as you want with the recipe
above -- just add and adjust to your liking. Good Luck.
Christine Hammoudeh, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adaptations by Paula Bliss
Spices can be purchase at wholesale prices at:
Attar Herbs and Spices
P.O. Box 245
New Ipswich, NH 03071 orderline: 1-800-541-6900
- This project was contributed by:
adaptive lesson ideas for students with
disabilities or young children:
- First I took each of the 8 ingredients and put a sample of each
in a small jar and labeled the jar in bold print and with pictures
when possible. We passed these jars around and had each student smell
and touch the ingredients (except the orris root which is a powder).
We named the ingredient, described its characteristics in regard to
texture, color, and scent: round, star shaped, rough, smooth, brown,
sweet smelling.....smells like...., feels like....
- I also took an eight item "cheap talker" (communication device)
and recorded the names of each ingredient. The cheap talker buttons
were labeled and are color coded. This was used for nonverbal students
to identify the ingredients and participate in the activity by pressing
the required buttons when each ingredient was being discussed. It
was also used with an "active" student to have a hands on activity
to do, while at the same time we could reinforce color recognition
and appropriate class participation.
- The students helped scoop ingredients out of the spice bags
with a one cup flour scoop and mixed the ingredients in a large stainless
steel bowl stabilized by the assistance of classroom staff.
- Each class period after the initial mixing of ingredients we
took out the 4 large containers of spicy mixture, mixed it up again
by shaking the container, then added a few drops of orange oil and
shook it up again.
- Next we reviewed the ingredients by passing around the jars
of spices and identified them by name, textures, shape etc. using
verbal language and the cheap talker for student responses.
- We did this for about 3 weeks while at the same time working
on other Christmas craft projects.
- I purchased 3 yards of red mesh and cut it into squares. We
scooped a heaping scoop of the potpourri onto the square of netting
and tied a green ribbon around the top of it. I passed around samples
of the netting for the students to feel. Ingredients labels made on
the computer were stapled on the bundles of potpourri. Each student
got a finished potpourri to examine while we were doing this. Finished
potpourris were counted individually by students and as a group.
- To keep short attention span students with the group, they were
given the cheap talker to touch and another was given a big red switch
attached to a tape recorder (via Ablenet switch control box), and
they pressed the switch to keep the Christmas music playing. These
activities where switched after approx. 10 minutes so students
could get a variety of activities to do and to maintain attention
- Next class the students decorated lunch bags that were used
to package the potpourri's to take home. Many of the students need
assistance with writing and fine motor tasks so we provided a variety
of decorative materials that the students could choose from
to decorate their bags. Example: different colors and types
of bows, gift labels, stickers (these were taken off of their papers
and stuck to the edge of the table. This way student with some gross
motor ability could touch the sticker and peel it off the table then
stick it onto the bags independently). The students decided who the
gift was going to be given to and gift labels here written to them
with staff assistance.
- Make up activity sequence cards with each step illustrated
by either drawings or photos and numbered. This would add an activity
to the project for students who have abilities in picture identification,
reading and sequencing.