Tips & Goods | December 7, 2020

Holiday Stovetop Potpourri

Transform your home into a holiday wonderland with the fragrances of winter and holiday baking. This Holiday Stovetop Potpourri is easy to throw together, smells amazing, and makes a wonderful gift.  We will show you exactly how to do it.

Stovetop Potpourri in glass mason jars. There are bottle brushes, rosemary, cranberries, and orange slices surrounding.

What Is Stovetop Potpourri

Potpourri is a mixture of spices and fruit that is used for home scent. It can be in dry form, which typically includes dried flowers, herbs and spices – that is kept in a bowl. It can also be made by simmering the mixture on the stove. It’s often made around the holidays or to match the season.

An overhead shot of Stovetop Potpourri in glass mason jars. The two jars are atop a marble cutting board.

What Do I Need To Make Stovetop Potpourri?

To make homemade potpourri you’ll need:

  • 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp confectioners corse sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 whole nutmegs
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 4 cups of water

Ingredients needed to make Stovetop Potpourri.

Dried Orange Slices

For this stovetop potpourri I am making dried orange slices.  You do not need to dry your oranges for this potpourri, but it is a beautiful touch if you are giving this as a gift.  If you prefer to skip this step – you will still have a beautifully fragrant home.

Dried orange slices on a marble tray surrounded by sugared cranberries and rosemary.

How To Make Dried Orange Slices

This process is easy, but requires a bit of time.  Let me tell you how to do it!

1. Cut your oranges into thin slices.  I like to remove the ends of the orange and discard them.

2. If you have a mandolin this is a great way to get even, beautiful slice.  Alternately, you can use a serrated knife to cut your orange into slices.

3. Place orange slices on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.

4. Sprinkle with corse confectioners sugar.  This step is optional.

5. Place toward the bottom of the top of your oven and bake at 200 degrees F for 2-3 hours until slightly translucent and dry.

6. Use in your potpourri or as decor.

How to make dried orange slices.

How To Make Holiday Stovetop Potpourri

1. Using a pint sized mason jar or a cellophane bag, add cranberries.

2. Add in dried or fresh oranges.

3. Toss in cinnamon sticks.

4. Add bay leaves.

How to make Stovetop Poutpourri.

5. Add fresh rosemary.

6. Add whole nutmeg.

7. Sprinkle in whole cloves.

8. Either seal your mason jar and gift your potpourri or transfer it to a saucepan and add 4 cups of water. Simmer on the stovetop for a beautiful fragrance.  Continue adding water throughout the day.

How to make Stovetop Poutpourri.

Stovetop Potpourri Q&A

How long does stovetop potpourri last?
About 4 days.  You can continue adding water to your pot and the ingredients will continue producing fragrance for about 4 days.  After this, discard.
How do you make potpourri smell stronger?
Add drops of the matching oil to your potpourri any time you want to make it smell stronger.  Make sure the oils you are using are safe to heat.
Stovetop Potpourri in a white saucepan, atop a marble tray. There are cranberries and rosemary scattered around.
How long will the dried oranges last?
Your oranges will last about two years if they were dehydrated and stored properly. The remaining ingredients of this potpourri are not shelf stable.

How do I give this as a gift?

To turn this homemade home fragrance into a gift I put all ingredients in a celophane bag or pint sized mason jar and tie it up all cute with some ribbon, tule, or bakers twine. This makes a wonderful neighbor gift that does not require any baking.

Two mason jars filled with An overhead shot of Stovetop Potpourri. There is sugared rosemary and cranberries surrounding the jars.

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Dried orange slices on a marble tray surrounded by sugared cranberries and rosemary.

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Stovetop Potpourri in glass mason jars. There are bottle brushes, rosemary, cranberries, and orange slices surrounding.
Holiday Stovetop Potpourri
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins
 

Transform your home into a holiday wonderland with the fragrances of winter and holiday baking. This Holiday Stovetop Potpourri is easy to throw together, smells amazing, and makes a wonderful gift.  We will show you exactly how to do it.

Course: tips
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday frangrance, stovetop potpourri
Servings: 1
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp confectioners corse sugar optional
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 whole nutmegs
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 4 cups of water
Instructions
How To Make Dried Orange Slices
  1. This process is easy, but requires a bit of time.  Let me tell you how to do it!
  2. Cut your oranges into thin slices.  I like to remove the ends of the orange and discard them.
  3. If you have a mandolin this is a great way to get even, beautiful slice.  Alternately, you can use a serrated knife to cut your orange into slices.
  4. Place orange slices on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
  5. Sprinkle with corse confectioners sugar.  This step is optional.
  6. Place toward the bottom of the top of your oven and bake at 200 degrees F for 2-3 hours until slightly translucent and dry.
  7. Use in your potpourri or as decor.
How To Make Holiday Stovetop Potpourri
  1. Using a pint sized mason jar or a cellophane bag, add cranberries.
  2. Add in dried or fresh oranges.
  3. Toss in cinnamon sticks.
  4. Add bay leaves.
  5. Add fresh rosemary.
  6. Add whole nutmeg.
  7. Sprinkle in whole cloves.
  8. Either seal your mason jar and gift your potpourri or transfer it to a saucepan and add 4 cups of water. Simmer on the stovetop for a beautiful fragrance.  Continue adding water throughout the day.
Recipe Notes

Dried Orange Slices

For this stovetop potpourri I am making dried orange slices.  You do not need to dry your oranges for this potpourri, but it is a beautiful touch if you are giving this as a gift.  If you prefer to skip this step - you will still have a beautifully fragrant home.

Stovetop Potpourri Q&A

How long does stovetop potpourri last?
 
About 4 days.  You can continue adding water to your pot and the ingredients will continue producing fragrance for about 4 days.  After this, discard.
 
How do you make potpourri smell stronger?
 
Add drops of the matching oil to your potpourri any time you want to make it smell stronger.  Make sure the oils you are using are safe to heat.
 
How long will the dried oranges last?
 
Your oranges will last about two years if they were dehydrated and stored properly. The remaining ingredients of this potpourri are not shelf stable.

How do I give this as a gift?

To turn this homemade home fragrance into a gift I put all ingredients in a celophane bag or pint sized mason jar and tie it up all cute with some ribbon, tule, or bakers twine. This makes a wonderful neighbor gift that does not require any baking.

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  1. 5 stars
    LOVE THIS SMELL!! Wish it was circulating through my nostrils all year long but alas, i’ll have to wait for the colder months!