How to Make Homemade Simmering Potpourri

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

The Holidays are all about home and hospitality for me so I was so glad when Sonya asked me to be a part of this series

Hospitality Filled Holidays!

And as I thought about home and hospitality, I thought about what I love about a holiday home.

I surely love the decorations and the food and the stories and the laughter.

But I also LOVE the smells!

So today I’m going to share my favorite recipe for homemade simmering potpourri!

And make sure to check to end of this post for 6 more amazing ideas for hospitality filled holidays!

homemade simmering potpourri for the holidays

ingredients for homemade potpourri



fresh cranberries



cinnamon sticks

clear bags


printable tag

holiday potpourri

To use in your own home:

Quarter the orange and add the rest of the ingredients to a pan suitable for the stovetop.

Cover with water and simmer on medium low.

Keep adding water!

You can use this for the entire holiday season.

Just keep it in the pan…keep adding water…and heat when you want to fill your home with a wonderful holiday fragrance!

simmering potpourri

To make for gifts:

Package up all of the ingredients in a clear bag.

Tie with a ribbon.

Add the printable tag.

Store in the fridge until you need a quick gift!

They make great hostess gifts!

And they also are great for when you have a few friends over and you want to just gift them with a little something.

homemade potpourri4

I made a free printable just for you!

free printable for simmering pot pourri

Click HERE to download this image!

May your home be filled with hospitality this holiday season!

Make sure you check out these other AMAZING bloggers with their ideas!

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The White Buffalo Styling Co.


Finding Home

Thistlewood Farms

Life to the full!


I’m sharing this at Tatertots and Jello.

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  1. I can almost smell this now Melissa! Such a great idea to give as a gift. Thanks for joining me today my friend. ~Sonya

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! This is such an easy and wonderful and doable idea to bring the scent of Christmas to the whole house!!! And what a great gift! I’m going to use your tags and make these gifts for hostesses this year! Such a fun tour!

  3. I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing – I can’t wait to get my home smelling like Christmas! Take care, Laura

  4. LOVE this Melissa!!

  5. What a cute and useful idea for friends! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. I love making my own too – makes the house smell like Christmas!

  7. Love this idea! Wonder if I could substitute a lavender sprig for the rosemary without wrecking the scent?

  8. Would you be able to use the little Halo or Cutie oranges?

    • I’m sure you could! Although, I don’t know if their citrus smell would be as strong? If you do, let me know how it works!

  9. Thanks for sharing..i will have a breakfast with friends and I will give to them.
    Merry Christmas!!!

  10. Love your idea. I will be handing these our at my cookie exchange this year


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