This homemade potpourri is less sweet than you’d expect, more complex in scent, easy to make and won’t cost you much. Find out how to make your own here.
**If you’d rather watch a short recipe video here it is!
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 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?)
(Money saving tip: buy bags of cranberries before Christmas when they’re on sale. Freeze and enjoy in recipes in months to come!)
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.
Can you leave this on the stove?
Turn the stove off before all the liquid is drained and add a bit more water and freshen with oils and you’re good to go the next day!
I love to find easy ways to make entertaining easy. In the past I was the “hostess with the mostest” but everything had to be perfect.
Every year I would host a Christmas party for my church choir and I did all the things. All the food. All the decorating. Invitations. You name it!
But what I’ve realized as I’ve matured is perfection is highly overrated. With that tendency came the stress of making everything just right. And whew, that takes a lot of work!
Now I’m more concerned with making sure my guests are comfortable and happy! Relationships are my number one priority and I hope friends and family who spend time in my home know they are well loved.
Next month, put on some Christmas music, take the initiative by whipping out the baking supplies and make some memories with your family!
I promise you won’t regret it!
Simmering Homemade Potpourri Instructions
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Simmering Homemade Potpourri
- 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 set on lowest burner setting.
- As the potpourri simmers, add water as necessary.
Have you seen all my favorite drinks for entertaining?