How to Make Your Own Christmas Potpourri Recipe

I love almost everything about this time of year including the scents that fill the entire house in a natural way similar to the pleasant aroma of a real Christmas tree. A great and inexpensive way to enjoy the aromas of this season is by simmering this simple Christmas Potpourri Recipe.

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

It's so easy to make, budget-friendly, and smells amazing!

When there's a chill in the air and the first thing you or guests smell are unforgettable holiday scents 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 homemade Christmas potpourri.

beautiful pan on stovetop filled with fresh orange slices, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, anise, and more for a homemade stovetop Christmas potpourri

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This can be simmered on the stovetop in a small pot (small saucepan) or a large pot for an extra oomph of scent.

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

It can also be made in a small crock pot (the ones below are my new favorite!). I like to leave it on my buffet to simmer all day.

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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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The crock pot is a nice option since you can plug one in anywhere, especially the smaller ones, making it a nice option not limited to the kitchen.

☃️Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It's a great way to add a seasonal scent to your home without burning expensive candles or running an essential oils diffuser.
  • It's a great gift (like these hot cocoa ornaments!). This is perfect for neighbor gifts or to give to guests. The ingredients can be placed in cellophane bags or a mason jar. I have a free printable gift tags (scroll to the bottom of the post) that can be tied around the bag or jar making it an all in one gift!
  • This can be started in the morning or early in the afternoon and by the time guests arrive your house will have a wonderful Christmas smell.
  • Even if you're not entertaining this is an inexpensive and easy way to keep the smell going all through the holiday season.
  • All the ingredients can be found at the grocery store.

🤶Simmer Pot Ingredients

  • orange slices, orange peel
  • lemon slices, lemon peels
  • lime slices, lime peels
  • *basically any citrus fruits sliced or their peels are an option!
  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole cloves
  • bay leaves
  • star anise *these impart a sweet, licorice scent and are so pretty to add to any simmer pot blends that you'll be giving as gifts
  • rosemary sprigs
  • fresh pine sprigs
  • cranberries

Note that not all of the above ingredients are required. You can use a different combination and any or all of those listed. Customize it to suit your preference. As long as you don't use ground spices (which will make a huge mess and not emit the aroma you desire), you'll be fine.

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🎁Instructions

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

Crockpot Method

  • 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.
  • Add water as needed.
  • 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.

Stovetop Method

  • Fill whichever size pot you'll be using approximately ¾ of the way full of water.
  • Add ingredients.
  • Heat over medium-high heat until everything comes to a low rolling boil.
  • Reduce heat to the lowest setting possible and simmer.
  • Check often and add water as necessary.

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

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Christmas Simmer Pot Recipes

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.
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Overhead view of homemade simmering Christmas Potpourri with orange slices, cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and more
Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes

Equipment

  • Simmering Pot or Saucepan

Supplies

  • 1 orange slices, peel as well
  • 1 lemon sliced, peel as well
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 4 bay leaves
  • cranberries

Instructions

Crockpot Method

  • 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.
    Add water as needed.
    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.

Stovetop

  • Fill whichever size pot you'll be using approximately ¾ of the way full of water.
    Add ingredients.
    Heat over medium-high heat until everything comes to a low rolling boil.
    Reduce heat to the lowest setting possible and simmer.
    Check often and add water as necessary.

Notes

The ingredients listed are the very basics but any of the ingredients below can be added as well! This can be as simple or as fancy as you desire. You're the boss. 
  • orange slices, orange peel
  • lemon slices, lemon peels
  • lime slices, lime peels
  • *basically any citrus fruits sliced or their peels are an option!
  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole cloves
  • bay leaves
  • star anise *these impart a sweet, licorice scent and are so pretty to add to any simmer pot blends that you'll be giving as gifts
  • rosemary sprigs
  • fresh pine sprigs
  • cranberries

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Calories:
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $3.00 to $6.00
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

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16 Comments

  1. Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable says:

    I love this, Mary Beth! I am not a huge fan of scented candles or sprays...too many chemicals! I usually simmer cinnamon sticks, but have never made an entire potpourri! Great idea! 🙂

  2. Oooh, I bet that smells heavenly! Thanks for sharing Mary Beth.

  3. Christy @ Our Southern Home says:

    Om, my! I can smell this now! I have one of those small crock-pots! I plan to do this over the weekend as I start to deck the halls! ~Christy

  4. This must smell amazing! Cannot wait to do this!
    Pinning!

  5. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says:

    I never thought to do this with a crock pot! I love that idea - so much simpler than checking a pot on the stove. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. Kelly@MySoulfulHome says:

    Mary Beth…what a great scent! Love it. Your photos are very pin worthy and I shall be doing so!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you SO MUCH, Kelly! 🙂

  7. 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.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      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!

  8. Katie @ Horrific Knits says:

    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!

    1. Mary Beth says:

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

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  10. Christina says:

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

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Christina!

  11. Jocie@OPC says:

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

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Jocie!!!