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Summer Fun: Make “Perfume”

Let your children create their own “perfume” from fresh flowers this summer. Life as MOM contributor Janel will show you how her girls do it.

Lavender Field

All Photos: Janel Piersma

When we first arrived back in California for our summer of house-sitting, we stayed at the home of some dear friends in the charming little town of Los Olivos. While the girls were thrilled to play with their friend Harry’s toys, they were just as excited to play in the beautifully landscaped yard that has so many fragrant flowers and bushes. Without any direction from me, my girls decided that they wanted to make “perfume.”

With the go-ahead from the homeowner, the girls picked some different flowers and leaves and got to work. They spent HOURS creating yummy smelling “perfumes” and what my daughter called “perfume packets.” She thought that it would be the perfect way to sell her product — just package up a perfume mix in a bag to sell. My little entrepreneur!

Perfume Packets

It turns out, my kids aren’t the only ones who enjoy making “perfume.” They taught their little friends how to do it too.

This is a simple activity that kids can do on their own for the most part. Of course, you will want to offer some direction in the choosing of flowers, herbs, etc. You certainly don’t want your kids making “perfume” with something poisonous like poison ivy or poison oak. But, once the materials are selected, they can have it on their own mixing up their own fragrant concoctions!

Lavender and Rosemary


Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two daughters and a “law school wife” in Virginia. Raised in a budget-conscious and DIY-minded family, she blogs about motherhood, crafts, and living on a law school budget at Life with Lucie and Ella.

DIY-on-a-DIME-summer-fun-125This post is part of the DIY on a Dime: Summer Fun series. For more ideas on how to enjoy the summer holidays on a budget, check out the list.

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