Stovetop Christmas Potpourri: 10 Recipes to Make Your House Smell Like The Holidays

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Things are cozy inside, lights and snow are dazzling outside and everything feels cheerful and bright — it’s the most wonderful time of the year. In other words, it’s the holiday season!

Even if you don’t have time to bake Christmas cookies, your house can still smell like the holidays. We’ve created a DIY guide for Christmas potpourri to take your home to the next level with Christmas cheer.

From cranberry to gingerbread, Christmas smells are some of the most pleasing aromatic experiences out there. Don’t have a real Christmas tree this year? No problem! An “enchanted forest” blend and other recipes can be found below.

diy stovetop potpourri recipes materials

How to Make Simmering Pot Potpourri

There are two types of DIY potpourri: dry and boiled. In this guide, all the recipes are meant to be boiled. A traditional air freshener, boiled potpourri hails from Europe and the Middle East.

These aromatic stews are typically made in a pot on the stove. However, they can also be put in a crockpot.

Just like perfume, there are scents that best complement different seasons. Generally, you’ll want more citrus-heavy ingredients in the warmer months and warm, spicy scents for fall and winter.

With these ingredients, it’s all about the holidays. Warm, enchanting scents will wind through your home. Here’s how to make stovetop Christmas potpourri, and you can find our recipe blends below.


  • One saucepan or small crockpot
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 recipe blend from the below list

steps to making stovetop potpourri

Preparing Your Potpourri

Making homemade Christmas potpourri is so simple almost anyone should be able to do it. Just follow the simple instructions below and enjoy!

1. Measure out around 5 cups of water and pour into a cool saucepan.

2. Set the saucepan on the stove and add recipe blend ingredients.

3. Turn the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir occasionally.

4. That’s it! Leave the potpourri simmering as long as you choose. Check it occasionally for low water and refill ingredients if the scent starts to fade.

5. If you choose to use a crockpot, simply put all of the ingredients in the pot, turn it on high and cover.

It’s as simple as that — DIY potpourri is a fun way to spend time as a family and get the house in the Christmas spirit. Choose one of the holiday blends below to get started!

raw materials for holiday potpourri

1. Homestead Holiday

  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 sliced orange
  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

2. Red Nose Delight

  • 1 tablespoon crushed cardamom
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2-3 crushed cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • ¼ cup candied ginger
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 cup Satsuma

nordic potpourri materials

3. Simply Cinnamon

  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 quartered orange

4. Enchanted Forest

  • 1 cup pine tree clippings
  • 10 drops cedar essential oil
  • ½ of a lemon
  • 1 quartered orange
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon white cloves
  • A dash of nutmeg

dropper for potpourri

5. Nordic Fairytale

  • 1 cup pine tree clippings
  • 1 cup elderberries
  • 1 tablespoon white cloves
  • 1 crushed cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

6. Tropical Christmas

  • 2 quartered apples
  • 1 quartered orange
  • 2 quartered lemons
  • 4 crushed cinnamon sticks
  • 1 sprig of juniper
  • 1 sprig of pine
  • 1 chunk ginger
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary

potpourri dropper and candy cane

7. Santa’s Workshop

  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 4 candy canes
  • 2 sprigs of pine
  • ½ cup ginger
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 cup cranberries

8. Mrs. Claus’ Bakery

  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

fragrant potpourri ingredients

9. Cozy Cocoa

  • 10 drops cacao fragrance oil
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

10. Gingerbread Goodness

  • 10 slices of ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

From opening presents to enjoying a warm meal together, these recipes will suit the ambiance perfectly.

It’s one thing to have the house smell like the holidays, but you can find a personal scent to match the festive spirit as well! The best fragrances for this time of year are those with dark and warm notes. Spicy perfumes or ones with notes from earthy plants like juniper are popular go-to’s for the holiday season.

Treat yourself, then stuff the stocking for that special someone — whether they’re naughty or nice! Shop our holiday fragrances to find gifts that are sure to please!

infographic describing the steps to make holiday potpourri

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