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Homemade Potpourri

An easy recipe for homemade potpourri that would make a great DIY gift for the holidays!

ingredients for homemade potpourri

I made some homemade potpourri for the stovetop this week and wanted to share this simple and affordable DIY gift idea with y’all.  I heated the above ingredients in some water on my stove and the house smelled like Christmas. 🙂 It is a great alternative to giving cookies and you may even have most of the ingredients already hanging around your home!

I first gathered the ingredients from around the house and picked up a few I didn’t have at the store. I used:

  • Orange
  • Apple
  • Lemon
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Bay leaves
  • Whole cloves
  • Evergreen sprigs (trimmed from a tree in our yard)

spices at the store

I found the spices for really cheap ($0.64 each!) in the Spanish foods section of our local grocery store. If you are lucky enough to have a store that carries Badia products, you can get the cinnamon and cloves for just over a dollar.

P.S. I tried some star anise and it ended up smelly too much like licorice. You could also try adding some dried ginger, cardamom, peppercorns, nutmeg, or allspice.

fruit dehydrator

The only additional prep is slicing and drying the fruit in a food dehydrator (or you can use your oven set on warm). I let our food dehydrator run overnight and the fruit was ready the next morning.

homemade potpourri ingredients in a plastic treat bag

I assembled the ingredients in plastic treat bags I had lying around and stapled it closed with a paper label. I added directions on the back (add water and simmer on stovetop) and wrote Merry Christmas on the front. Done!

I like that this is an easy gift to mail because it is so light. It would also make a great neighbor gift. Be sure and make some homemade potpourri for yourself and enjoy the smell of Christmas!

Here are some additional homemade gift ideas on the blog:

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