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?
A pleasant scent immediately makes me feel welcome while an overpowering odor grabs my attention.
Does anyone else feel the same way?
With this easy DIY homemade potpourri the worry about how your home smells is gone!
I love to make this stovetop potpourri because it’s easy, smells amazing and adds to the festive party atmosphere when I’m entertaining. (If you could drink what you smell this Instant Russian Tea recipe with cloves would be the one!)
Just a few ingredients
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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.
FAQs about homemade potpourri
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 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.