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How to Make Your Own Christmas Potpourri

How to Make Your House Smell Like the Holidays with Slow Cooker Christmas Potpourri

I love almost everything about the holidays including the scents and this Christmas Potpourri is easy to make, budget-friendly, and smells amazing!

How to make your home smell like the holidays. Easy Slow Cooker Potpourri. Start it simmering in the morning before guests arrive and your house will be filled with the scent of the holidays in no time. Get the details at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

When there’s a chill in the air and the first thing you or guests smell is that unforgettable holiday scent there’s almost nothing better.

All throughout the year, weather permitting, I have my windows open but once the winter hits I can’t do that very often but that’s a great time to make this super easy simmering potpourri.

This can be simmered on the stovetop but I prefer to place it in a small slow cooker (the ones below are my new favorite!) and leave it on a countertop to simmer all day.

Small 2 Quart Slow Cooker
$33.99

Great for dips and appetizers and for creating an amazing natural aroma in your home with a DIY simmering potpourri (details and recipe here).

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12/08/2021 12:08 am GMT

{I love my slow cookers  and the easier the recipe the better – you can find more slow cooker recipes right here}

How to make your home smell like the holidays. Easy Slow Cooker Potpourri. Start it simmering in the morning before guests arrive and your house will be filled with the scent of the holidays in no time. Get the details at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Start it in the morning or early in the afternoon and by the time guests arrive your house will smell just like the holidays.  

Even if you’re not entertaining this is an inexpensive and easy way to keep the smell going all through the holiday season.

Christmas Potpourri Recipe

Ingredients:

1 orange, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

4 cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon whole cloves

4 bay leaves

Directions:

I use a small crockpot – slow cooker, for my simmering scents {potpourri}.  I first add 4 cups of water to the pot, then layer the oranges, lemons, bay leaves and cinnamon topping it all off with the cloves.

You can use this same batch over and over allowing it to cool off first and then placing in the refrigerator to store for several days.

If you would prefer to make it on the stove top that is another option; keep it at a simmer and check the water occasionally adding more as needed.

I didn’t add cranberries to this the first time I made it but they can be easily added so that your potpourri pops with color!

If you make homemade cranberry sauce or cranberry apple walnut bread, put a few cranberries aside for this potpourri recipe.

Christmas Potpourri in a small slow cooker

How to Make Simmering Christmas Potpourri

Mary Beth
Your home will smell amazing with this heavenly homemade Christmas potpourri that can be simmered on the stovetop or placed in a small crockpot / slow cooker.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 4 bay leaves

Instructions
 

  • I use a small crockpot – slow cooker, for my simmering scents {potpourri}.  I first add 4 cups of water to the pot, then layer the oranges, lemons, bay leaves and cinnamon topping it all off with the cloves.
  • Turn on low setting. Check occasionally and add water as needed.

Notes

  • I didn’t add cranberries to this the first time I made it but they can be easily added so that your potpourri pops with color!
  • You can use this same batch over and over allowing it to cool off first and then placing in the refrigerator to store for several days.
  • If you would prefer to make it on the stove top that is another option; keep it at a simmer and check the water occasionally adding more as needed.
Keyword Christmas potpourri, crockpot potpourri, simmering potpourri
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How to make your home smell like the holidays. Easy Slow Cooker Potpourri. Start it simmering in the morning before guests arrive and your house will be filled with the scent of the holidays in no time. Get the details at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com
How to make your home smell like the holidays. Easy Slow Cooker Potpourri. Start it simmering in the morning before guests arrive and your house will be filled with the scent of the holidays in no time. Get the details at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com
Recipe Rating




Jocie@OPC

Thursday 14th of November 2013

Love this Mary Beth! featuring you tonight and you're our weekly ad space winner! woot woot!

Mary Beth

Thursday 14th of November 2013

Thank you so much, Jocie!!!

Christina

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Love the idea of using natural scents at home! I'm trying this one! :)

Mary Beth

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Thanks so much, Christina!

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Monday 11th of November 2013

[…] The past week was a tad busy ~ I took part in two blog hops with some wonderful bloggers.  I shared a super easy All Natural Way to add the Scents of the Season to your home as part of the LCI {Live Creatively Inspired} Hop ~ you can check out the easy recipe and the other bloggers who shared their favorite Scents of the Season here. […]

Katie @ Horrific Knits

Sunday 10th of November 2013

I would never have thought to use the crockpot for simmering house scents! And I bet this smells amazing. My name is Katie and I host Fall Into the Holidays. All entries get pinned. I would love to have you link up! This week’s round is still open!

Mary Beth

Monday 11th of November 2013

Just linked up, Katie ~ thanks so much for the invite. :)

Joybee

Saturday 9th of November 2013

I once went to a historic plantation (in NC) during the holidays and they decorated with oranges studded with cloves. I imagine it gives a similar sent though simmering the spices would be much stronger. Sounds lovely.

Mary Beth

Monday 11th of November 2013

When I was growing up my Mother would keep a bowl of studded oranges in the dining room ~ you brought back some good memories. Thanks so much for stopping by, Joybee!