Christmas stove top potpourri

This stove top potpourri is one of my favorite smells during the holidays. I love the combination of oranges, cranberries and cinnamon sticks. The simmering smells during the holidays just cant be beat.

The best part about this recipe is it’s super easy to make. Just put the ingredients in a pot and simmer on low for a couple hours. Trust me… your house will smell amazing! I’ll definitely have a pot on my stove for Thanksgiving. Bring on the holidays!

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Stove top potpourri recipe

Stove top potpourri


  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange (sliced)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (broken in half)
  • 1 TB cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 2-3 cups water


  1. Combine ingredients in a small pot and simmer over low heat for as long as desired. Add more water if it gets low. Enjoy the holiday scent!

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You can also make this into a gift for friends and neighbors. Landee See Landee Do shared a free printable tag HERE last year.

stove top potpourri gift idea

Okay I’m signing off to get my house cleaned. I’ve got to get things organized around here before the holidays. Woo!

Q: What’s your favorite holiday smell?

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  1. Desiree @ The36thAvenue posted on November 26, 2013 at 11:01 am (#

    Pure awesomeness! I love this idea :)


    • Bretta replied on November 27th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      I can’t wait to try this being away from FAM Brettaand working the smell of the holidays will take me home years ago my mom sent from MD to TX a box of pine limbs so I could have the fresh smell of pine at Xmas thanks


  2. Em @ And Nothing Else Matters posted on November 27, 2013 at 7:24 am (#

    Sounds like it would smell delish, fresh cranberries are hard to come by here, I wonder what I could substitute!


  3. Kristyn posted on November 27, 2013 at 8:56 am (#

    I LOVE this stuff and need to make some asap. It’s the best!! Thx!


  4. Krisztina @ posted on November 27, 2013 at 8:59 am (#

    I love doing this with oranges and cinnamon sticks. I’ll have to try it with cranberries too!


  5. Margaret R posted on November 27, 2013 at 9:43 am (#

    Do you think I could put this in my crockpot on high with the lid off? I don’t have a stove top. I just have a hot plate and that will be busy.


  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on November 27, 2013 at 9:56 pm (#

    I wish I could scratch-and-sniff this :) Pinned!


  7. Lisa posted on November 28, 2013 at 8:35 am (#

    If I wanted to give it as a gift, how would it dry out? And is that ok? I wouldn’t want it to get moldy or shriveled looking.


    • Jamielyn replied on December 4th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      This is perfect for a gift! When I have done it, I just put all the ingredients in a baggie minus the water with a note that said to simmer with 2-3 cups of water! Then they can keep it in the fridge for a day or two until they are ready to use it!


      • Becky Jones replied on December 16th, 2013 at 1:32 am

        When giving in a little cello bag, how do you include the nutmeg? Just loose? Thanks.

        • Jamielyn replied on December 16th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

          Yeah I usually just dump it in the bag too! :)

  8. JW posted on December 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm (#

    I’ve done this one before. It smells amazing~!


    • Jamielyn replied on December 16th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      It really does smell amazing…it is my favorite during the holidays!


  9. Mallory @ Classy Clutter posted on December 6, 2013 at 11:30 am (#

    Doing this ASAP! Craig calls potpourri “Christmas stink!” and he means it in the most kindest of ways! LOL! What a nerd! xoxo


  10. Korine posted on December 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm (#

    Would it be possible for you to send me a pdf of the tag? I’ve tried to down load and print and copy and paste and it comes out so small you can’t read the words. I’ve tried to resize and the writing is washed out. Thanks!


  11. GINGER posted on December 13, 2013 at 12:28 am (#

    This sounds more interesting than just cinnamon sticks in water, will give it a go.


    • Jamielyn replied on December 16th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Oh it is so yummy Ginger! I hope you like the yummy Christmas smell in your home! :)