Creating the scent of Christmas is easy! This homemade Christmas Potpourri will make your home smell like the favorite holiday ALL DAY LONG!
Original post: December 2016 | Updated: November 2020
One of my favorite smells in the entire world is the smell of Christmas. Is there anything better? Freshly cut pine trees perched prettily inside my home are the best way to achieve this smell, but what happens when that smell starts to fade? Christmas Potpourri to the rescue!
This “recipe” is magic, friends. Throw a few ingredients into a saucepan and saturate your home with the delightful scent of the holidays. This also makes a great gift! Keep reading for directions about how to best do that.
What Is Potpourri
Potpourri is an easy way to create an inviting scent into your home. Potpourri can be dried and shared in an open space in your home.
In this potpourri recipe, simply simmering potpourri over a low heat a mix of fresh ingredients to share the aroma with a combination of fruits, spices, plant materials and sometimes essential oils.
How To Make Homemade Christmas Potpourri
I love how easy it can be to invite the smell of Christmas into your home! Very little effort required here to accomplish this recipe and inspire Christmas wishes and dreams and a spirit of joy!
A few ingredients that simmer throughout the day will make everyone excited about the holidays. Use whichever ingredients you have around the house. The smell is amazing!
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to Low heat and simmer for 4-6 hours for fresh-smelling potpourri.
Or place all ingredients in a crockpot on Low heat for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
How Long Does Potpourri Last
This mixture of ingredients will be good for the day. After placing the ingredients in the slow cooker (or saucepan) and immersing them in water, the heat will use up all the scent from the pieces for about 4-6 hours, maybe longer.
Be sure to toss out the used ingredients. To re-create the aroma, another batch of fruits, spices and plants should be put together.
I love this version of an air freshener because I know exactly what’s in my pot or slow cooker, no chemicals and all delicious smelling ingredients I typically have on hand during the holidays. I hope you love it, too!
Christmas Potpourri Makes A Great Gift
Give the gift of homemade Christmas smells! It’s a perfect gift idea for someone you’re going to spend the day with or just want to surprise them with a little gesture that you’re thinking of them.
Pick up a pint-sized mason jar and fill it with all your favorite ingredients! Place a gift tag on it and let friends fill their home with a comforting and welcoming scent!
DIY Gift Ideas
How To Make Easy Christmas Potpourri
- Sauce Pan
- Crock Pot
- 1/4 grapefruit cut into chunks, peel on
- 1 large apple cut into pieces
- 1/2 lemon cut into chunks, peel on
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger chopped
- 1 cup cranberries
- Few small pine branches cut straight from a tree
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cups water
- Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to Low heat and simmer for 4-6 hours for fresh-smelling potpourri.
- Or place all ingredients in a crockpot on Low heat for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
Ok so I know this post is a year old and I’m taking a long shot at getting an answer, but do you save your potpourri for more uses after you’ve used it the one time or do you just make a fresh batch the next day when you need it again? If you save it, how do you do it? Thanks so much!
Hi Kelli! I never save the ingredients after the first use but…sure, I’d bet they’d work great the following day. I wouldn’t try much beyond Day 2. Please let me know how it goes if you try!
MELODY K MOELLER
I bet you could get a weekend out of it! Think I will try as well!