Christmas Potpourri

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Don’t you wish you could bottle up that holiday Christmas smell and keep it forever? Now you can with this DIY Christmas Potpourri!

Christmas Potpourri in white pot

If you want your house to smell like a Hallmark movie, look no further than this DIY Christmas Potpourri! I don’t know about you, but I love the smell of Christmas. Whether it’s candles, potpourri, or orange garland, I can’t get enough of holiday smells!

potpourri ingredients mixed with water in large pot

The holidays are all about getting in the holiday spirit. Making this project is super easy. All you need is some fresh cranberries (you can use frozen but they don’t smell as good), a naval orange, two to three sprigs of rosemary, three cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, vanilla, and nutmeg. Talk about a festive-smelling household!

ingredients needed for christmas potpourri

How to Make Christmas Potpourri

  1. Combine ingredients in a small pot with water and simmer over low heat for as long as desired. You can also place the ingredients in your crockpot on low.
  2. Add more water if it gets low.
  3. Get ready for your house to smell like the holidays!
simmer Christmas Potpourri on stove top


If you want a more low-maintenance project, you can set it and forget it by putting the potpourri in a crockpot! I LOVE this method because I’m a super busy mom and don’t always have time to stand by the oven! When cooking potpourri in the crockpot, put the temperature on low so the water doesn’t evaporate too quickly. You’re going to need to put more water if you’re using the crockpot method versus the stovetop method because you don’t want the water to evaporate too quickly if you’re not home. Another tip is if you don’t have oranges on hand, you can use lemons and even grapefruit to add a citrusy smell! If you can’t find cranberries or want to switch it up, you can swap them out for apples which still give the potpourri a festive scent! If you’re sensitive to smells, don’t let the potpourri simmer for too long. The longer it simmers, the stronger it gets.

rosemary, cranberries, orange slices added to pot

Get Creative

Since this is a conglomerate of several different ingredients, you can add or take away whatever you want! The great thing about this project is that you can make it smell however you want! If you want your potpourri to smell like Kirkland’s, you can! If you want your house to smell like your grandma’s house, you can do that too! I recommend adding one thing at a time so you don’t overwhelm yourself with too many smells. For example, if you like sweet and spicy smells, you can add cardamom pods to give your potpourri a woody smell. Then, if that concoction smells good, you can add another spice!

What I Love About Christmas Potpourri

I love this Christmas Potpourri for several reasons. First, you can be super creative with this project. There’s no limit to what kind of smells you can throw in! Second, it’s super easy to make and it’s very inexpensive. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to have your house smell amazing! Lastly, you can give Christmas Potpourri away as gifts! All you have to do is wrap small amounts of potpourri in little bags and give them out to friends and family! I like to either make it myself and bag up the potpourri or put the ingredients in baggies with instructions on the outside!


If you want to feel like you’re in a Christmas movie, look no further than this Christmas Potpourri! You can easily make this in a couple of minutes and your house will be smelling like the holidays all season long!

Christmas Potpourri ingredients in Pot

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