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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!

stove top potpourri

Homemade Potpourri smells amazing and is so cozy

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.

What’s potpourri?

Potpourri is a mixture of dried herbs, spices and sometimes flowers that is either on display or used for their fragrance.

Stove top Christmas potpourri

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri Ingredients

  • Fresh cranberries (you can use frozen cranberries, too!)
  • An orange
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Water

Check out the exact ingredient amounts and the simple steps in the card below!

Christmas Potpourri Recipe variations

There are a lot of different variations when to comes to Christmas potpourri. Add some vanilla extract, apple slices, pine needles, or even peppermint leaves!

How to make Stovetop 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.

how to make potpourri

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!

Homemade Christmas Stovetop Potpourri Storage

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.

Does stovetop potpourri need to be refrigerated?

Because this is not being consumed, no it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

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.

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri FAQs

How long does stovetop potpourri smell last?

As long as you keep adding water to the pan and simmering, it will smell for hours and hours and hours!

How to make potpourri for Christmas gifts? 

Add all of the ingredients besides the water to a mason jar and tie with a ribbon!

What spices make your house smell like Christmas?

To me, cranberries, rosemary, orange and cinnamon smells like Christmas!

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Homemade Christmas Potpourri (Stove Top Potpourri Recipe)

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!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 6 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange, quartered
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2-4 sprigs fresh rosemerry
  • water


  • 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.


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  1. 5 stars
    I had a store mix-up and had to use craisins and dried Rosemary and the boiling rehydrated the cranberries.

  2. 5 stars
    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.

  3. Hi Peggy! It would be so cute inside of a mason jar!! I love the idea of giving this as a neighbor gift!