Christmas Stovetop Potpourri

This Christmas Stovetop Potpourri is like christmas in a bottle! It's a great non-toxic way to make your house smell nice and festive! Perfect for the holidays and even an amazing christmas gift! All you do is combine all the ingredients listed, such as rosemary, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, oranges, apples, cranberries, and allspice. Creating the perfect scent this holiday season.

What Makes This The Perfect Recipe

  • Smells Like Christmas. The combination of citrus and spices, will instantly transform your house into a lovely cozy smelling abode!
  • Use Up Sad Produce. Do you still have leftover cranberries, oranges, or herbs from thanksgiving? Use those up to make potpourri! Works with any type or citrus too!
  • Flexible. You can use any variety of spices, citrus, or herbs. Doesn't have to be christmas scented either! You could use anything that is currently in season where you live.
  • Holiday Gifting. Since my son's birthday is right around the holidays, I'm planning to bag these to create cute party favors! And I'm quite sure your party guests will enjoy the gesture too! There are tons of cute printable online, or simply make the tags yourself!

What Do You Put Into A Potpourri

Well, like I mentioned, this recipe is customizable to your preference, whatever is in season, or even whatever you currently have on hand. Here are a few more ideas you might like to add into your own batch of homemade potpourri.

  • Citrus. Any kind will do. Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruits, Mandarins, Tangerines, or even Limes. The citrus adds brightness and freshness.
  • Cranberries. These aren't necessary, but if you're making a batch around the holidays, cranberries make it more vibrant and festive!
  • Fresh Herbs. Like Rosemary or Thyme. Adds a depth and almost a pine-y scent. And it's just gorgeous in the potpourri!
  • Cinnamon Sticks. I always have cinnamon sticks lying around in my pantry. Mostly for pictures and probs, but they work amazingly here as well! And the scent is long lasting too.
  • Whole Cloves, Star Anise, or Allspice. Optional, but will also help the scent last longer.
  • Essential Oils. I love adding a few drops of rosemary oil, eucalyptus oil, and even some peppermint oil.
  • Nutmeg. Also a great choice for the festivities.
  • Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Paste. Just a splash of that, and add a deeper, sweeter scent.
  • Dried Fruits. Such as dried apples or oranges.
  • Sage Leaves. These are also very perfect for a christmas stovetop potpourri.

How To Packages Potpourri For Gifting

Luckily, this recipe is pretty portable and giftable. When you're making this at home, I suggest you try to leave the fruits as whole as possible. Here's what I do...

  1. Have your gift bags, tags, and ingredients ready. I really love these treat bags.
  2. Add in your fruit, like your orange and cranberries first.
  3. Then your rosemary, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.
  4. Twist your bag closed. Most treat bags come with zip ties.
  5. Add your ribbon and your tag, and your done! The perfect gift!

How Long Does Potpourri Keep

It will last for hours and hours! About 2-3 days, just keep refilling the water every 1-2 hours. To make it last up to a week, refrigerate it overnight. Typically though, it will last for 2-3 days for the best results.

Can You Use Slow Cooker Or Instant Pot

Yes you can! Works like a charm just like stovetop. Add everything in, cover with your lid, and putting the settings to HIGH, simmer for hours. Check up on it every once in a while to add in more water.

How Far Ahead Can You Store These For Gifting

If you decided to make these ahead of time for gifting, you can store the packages in the fridge. So you definitely can make these 4-5 days in advance. They'll stay fresh as long as the cranberries and herbs do! Citrus and spices typically will last longer

More Festive Desserts And Activities To Try

Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
30 minutes
Chill time:
Total time:
40 minutes
1 Batch of Potpourri


  • 1 cup Cranberries
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Orange
  • 2-3 Sprigs Rosemary
  • 2-3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 tsp Cloves


  1. In a small saucepan, combine 4-6 cups of water.
  2. Slice or quarter your orange and apple.
  3. Combine all your ingredients, bring the pot to a simmer over medium/low heat.
  4. Let it simmer as long as you like, adding more water as needed.
  5. You can also add your favorite essentials oils to the pot.
  6. Enjoy the christmas aroma!

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