I love potpourri. There are bags of it in all my cupboards, all the time. Even my crafts cupboards! The problem is, the scents are so permanent. I like mint & lemon at the moment. But what about 2 months from now? I’m not sure if I’ll like it anymore. One solution is to just change the potpourri. Another idea, is to use perfume that leaves a subtle scent & evaporates with time. And that’s what we experimented with, this week: Mini perfume pillows in bright colours for my favourite scents.
Time: 30 minutes max to execute. Takes longer if you count the time it takes for paint & glue to dry.
Steps for making perfume pillows:
The first half of this DIY, is to get the cloth ready for the bags. Which is actually much simpler than it looks. Here’s what to do:
- Taking a flat brush, cover the cloth with a layer of water. Make sure to put the cloth on newspaper, because the water will soak the cloth.
- Daub colours onto the cloth. For the best effect, add paint without water. Leaving a little space between two colours. This way, when the colours spread on the water, they will blend.
- Let the cloth dry for a couple of hours. The colour is going to dull out a little. So, add more colour if you want a brighter effect.
Once the cloth has dried out, we can start on the second half of the tutorial.
4. Cut a long rectangular strip of the cloth. Ours, was about 12 cms. But, you can variate that, per choice. Don’t worry too much about the edges. The next step will take care of it.
5. After cutting the strip, create folds in the cloth at the centre & on the borders. You can choose the cut the strip into two and paste it on top of each other, if you want a rougher look.
However, if you want a more finished look, fold the margins inwards & paste it using fabric glue. Apply glue on the longer sides, only on the folds made. And fold the strip in half to make a bag. You can wait for 30 minutes for the glue to dry. But, if you’re impatient like me, just put the bag under a heavy book & it will speed up the process a lot.
6. After the glue has dried out, spread out a cotton ball into a square & insert it into the bag. Don’t stuff the bag too much. And leave a little space on top, for the pillow to close.
7. Put a little bit of glue on the remaining edge & press the two edges on top of each other, using a fat book (Is that a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? Yes, it is)
8. Spray the bag generously with your perfume. And that’s it!
We actually tried a couple of looks for the pillows. The first was the one we just made. Another was like an open bag, which could be sprayed on the inside as well, so that the scent is a bit stronger. And the last was a rougher looking design, with frayed edges.
Things to keep in mind:
- You can use a spray or deodorant instead of a perfume. But, that will wear of much faster. Probably in a day. So, its a waste to use, here.
- Don’t put the cloth under water to make it wet. As if the cloth is too wet, the paint will dull out a lot.
- If you’re confident with a glue gun, you can try that. Personally, I think fabric glue works better here. Glue from guns, isn’t as flat.
- The colour will dull out on drying. So, make it a littler darker than you need when you’re painting. Acrylic paint will need more layers, than fabric paint.
- When painting, make sure the cloth is on a disposable surface. In case the paint soaks through.
Interesting idea? Let us know, what you think of it! Also, let me know what your favorite scent is at the moment. I’m in the mood to experiment 🙂