How to Make Crystal Potpourri

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If you are looking for a safer alternative to incense or candles, which require heat or flame to scent your home, crystal potpourri may just be the perfect option for you. Crystal potpourri or "aroma rocks" are made from large salt crystals and not dried plant matter like what you would normally think of as potpourri. These salt crystals are sold where craft supplies are sold without any scent to them so that you can make your own with your choice of fragrances and colors.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Liquid glycerin
  • Spray bottle
  • Teaspoon
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Liquid dye or food coloring
  • Dipropylene glycol
  • Fragrance oil
  • Glass jar with lid
  • Mica powder
  • Spread 1 pound of unscented salt rock crystals evenly on a thick piece of cardboard.

  • Pour 1 tablespoon of liquid glycerin into a small, clean spray bottle. Add 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol and 20 drops of liquid dye or food coloring. Close the top of the spray bottle tightly and shake the content well. Spray the salt rock crystals evenly with the mixture until the spray bottle is empty. Wait up to 8 hours for the rocks to dry thoroughly.

  • Pour 1 tablespoon of dipropylene glycol into the empty spray bottle. Add 30 drops of the fragrance oil of your choice. Shake the bottle up. Spray the mixture evenly over the rock crystals and wait 8 to 12 hours for the rocks to dry. The dipropylene glycol will provide coating to the rocks and help retain the scent of the rocks.

  • Bend the cardboard slightly in the center and carefully lift it up with the rock crystals on it. Pour the scented crystals into the glass jar. Add a tablespoon or more of the mica powder to add shimmer to the rock crystals. Close the lid of the jar tightly and shake it well.

  • Open the jar and place it in the room to release the scent.

Tips & Warnings

  • Work in your garage or outdoors to avoid staining your furniture and delicate household items with the oil or dye.

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