Here’s a great idea that uses simple ingredients found in most kitchens. This homemade potpourri is made with all natural ingredients and doesn’t take much time to prepare!
When you walk into your home what do you see? Is it cluttered or clean? Messy or orderly?
What sounds do you hear? Is it the pitter patter of your beloved pets welcoming you home or the laughter (or bickering) of children?
What do you smell?Pet odors or air freshener? Your spicy garlicky dinner or the scent of flowers?
I almost always notice the smells as I engage with my surroundings. (It can often be annoying!)
A pleasant scent immediately makes me feel welcome while an overpowering odor grabs my attention.
Does anyone else feel the same way?
We’ve owned pets for years and I always wonder if someone might sniff out a bad odor when they visit me. (Plus I’ve always had dogs who tend to pass gas at the most inopportune times!)
With this easy DIY homemade potpourri the worry is gone!
I love to make this recipe because it’s easy, smells amazing and adds to the festive party atmosphere when I’m entertaining.
What is potpourri?
Potpourri can be a mixture of flowers, fruit, oils and other natural scents.
Made with four ingredients, this potpourri will have your home smelling like the holidays in no time!
How to make homemade potpourri.
The cinnamon and cloves together create such a rich fragrance that I also enjoy simmering this homemade potpourri during the day to get us in the holiday spirit.
I’m a huge fan of cloves (have you seen my Instant Russian Tea recipe?)
Can you use essential oils in this mixture?
Of course you can! If you have a favorite oil just add a few drops while it’s simmering. If oils are your thing think about which ones would go well with dried fruits and spices.
Can you leave this on the stove?
Turn the stove off before all the liquid is drained and add a bit more water, freshen with oils or additional fruits and spices and you’re good to go the next day!
Simmering Homemade Potpourri Instructions
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Just a few ingredients
Quarter the orange and add to a small saucepan (or just use the orange peel).
Place in a small saucepan (or just use the orange peel).
Add cranberries to saucepan.
Add in cloves.
Add cinnamon sticks.
Fill pan with water.
Allow to reach a boil and then reduce to lowest burner setting.
As the potpourri simmers, add water as necessary.
This is the perfect recipe for experimenting to get the perfect scent for your occasion. Think sliced citrus fruits, lemon peel, dried bay leaf, rosemary, vanilla extract, star anise, nutmeg or allspice. Try these one at a time or a couple together. You’re the boss!
If natural elements are your favorite expression for hosting guests try adding flower petals, fragrant leaves or pine cones to your simmering pot.
I would recommend just trying a teaspoon at a time of the spices to create a fragrance you’ll enjoy and want to use over and over.
Tips & Tricks
Don’t allow the water to evaporate. I check the water and refill as necessary every time I use it.
Buy extra bags of cranberries when they’re available around Thanksgiving and Christmas and freeze them for later.
Potpourri will last several weeks, but you can add more ingredients to freshen the scent as necessary.
It’s also possible to make this a slow cooker potpourri. I would double the water and add enough ingredients to you don’t have to keep watch over it as diligently as on your stove top.
Homemade Potpourri Printable Recipe Card and Video
Homemade Potpourri with All Natural Ingredients
- 1 small sauce pan
- 1 whole orange or orange peel
- ½ cup cranberries
- 1 tbs whole cloves
- 3 sticks of cinnamon
- Quarter the orange and add to a small saucepan (or just use the orange peel).
- Add cranberries, cloves and cinnamon sticks.
- Fill pan with water and and allow to reach a boil and then reduce to lowest burner setting.
- As the potpourri simmers, add water as necessary.