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Holiday Light Potpourri Bowl - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Holiday Light Potpourri Bowl
Today I refreshed my holiday light potpourri bowl.  I've had this thing for years, it just needs to be taken apart every 2-3 years to replace the lights and potpourri.  While some people now make these with LED lights, I should point out it won't work nearly as well.  What is normally "waste heat" from incandescent lights is the engine of this project, warming the potpourri to release its scent.  Also, when putting the lights in, I find it impossible to point them toward the outer shell unless I put a toilet paper tube down the center to coil them around.  At the end, just drop some larger pieces of potpourri down the center and carefully wiggle out the tube.  Getting the lights positioned nicely is the biggest challenge of this craft, so test it before you put the cover on, as it's usually necessary to adjust some of the lights.

You can use commercial potpourri or make your own.  This year I couldn't find potpourri but I did find a miniature version of cinnamon-infused pinecones, which I mixed with some of the old potpourri. We'll see how that works.  Most people prefer a wintery scent for this project, such as cinnamon or pine.  I think I've always used something from the cinnamon family.  If you can find a good bag of cinnamon bark chips, you can just throw in some star anise, cardamom pods, and your favorite fixative to have a nice blend.

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: December 5th, 2017 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, craft items do go out of fashion and when they do, finding the ingredients you used to use to make those craft items becomes either a lot more difficult or downright impossible to find.
(Someone who was in love with silk ribbon embroidery was complaining the other day about not being able to find all the different sizes of needles that she needed for it.)
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