Christmas Potpourri is simply made on your stovetop using water, cranberries, an orange, cinnamon sticks and rosemary. You can simmer the Christmas smell right into your home!
You can make your home smell incredible without needing to buy fancy oils, melts or other chemical related products. Keeping the ingredients as natural and as whole as it gets is not only better for your health but it also helps to keep the smells realistic and simple. You don’t need fancy high-priced items, just a pot on the stove, some water and a few seasonal ingredients that can help to make your home smell festive and incredible this fall/winter.
Stovetop potpourri is as simple as it gets and gives the added bonus of helping to heat your home ever so slightly, so having a pot going on a cold and chilly day is ideal for creating the perfect holiday feels.
Every year when we put up the Christmas tree and get out the Christmas decorations, this Potpourri is on the stovetop. In fact, when I took these pictures (in September! 😉 ) all of my kids were raving.. ‘Mom, it smells like CHRISTMAS!!’
What’s in stovetop potpourri?
- Fresh cranberries (you can use frozen cranberries, too!)
- An orange
- Cinnamon sticks
- Fresh rosemary
Check out the exact ingredient amounts and the simple steps in the card below!
How to make Potpourri
All you need to do is add your ingredients to a pan. This can be a sauce pan or a skillet, whatever you’d like to use. Then add enough water to nearly cover the ingredients.
Bring the pot to a boil and let it continue to simmer until you are done with it, adding in new water as needed to keep it from running out.
Seriously, it’s that easy!
Can you reuse stovetop potpourri?
Between uses, you can place your stovetop potpourri in the fridge and continue to reuse it until the smells run out. Although, replenishing the ingredients could help to extend the life of the potpourri as well.
How long does stovetop potpourri last?
Once started, you can usually get several hours of intensely wonderful smells, but scents may last up to 4 days if you use the same potpourri. Just keep a close eye on the water levels for safety reasons.
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Looking for more Holiday Recipes? Try these!
- Homemade Stuffing
- Instant Pot Savory Potatoes and Carrots
- Christmas Sugar Cookies
- Peanut Clusters
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Crockpot Honey Ham
- Funeral Potatoes
- Holiday Punch
- 6 oz fresh cranberries
- 1 orange quartered
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- 2-4 sprigs fresh rosemerry
- Add the cranberries, orange, cinnamon sticks and rosemerry to a small sauce pan.
- Cover with water.
- Heat over medium heat until it starts to simmer. Reduce the heat to low and allow the potpourri to simmer for as long as you want.
- Add more water as needed.
I had a store mix-up and had to use craisins and dried Rosemary and the boiling rehydrated the cranberries.
Karli Bitner says
I am so glad it still worked out for you!
Peggy Moore says
I would like to give this to a few special people. Do you have any thoughts on cute packaging to give to someone? Have a very Merry CHRISTmas and a prosperous New Year. Thanking in advance for your suggestions.
Karli Bitner says
Hi Peggy! It would be so cute inside of a mason jar!! I love the idea of giving this as a neighbor gift!