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


  • 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


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!


You may also add a sprig of rosemary or a few trimmings from your tree or fresh evergreens from your yard.

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The smells are SO yummy! Can’t wait to make this again!


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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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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

    Pure awesomeness! I love this idea :)

    • Bretta posted on November 27, 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 posted on December 4, 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 posted on December 16, 2013 at 1:32 am (#

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

      • Jamielyn posted on December 16, 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 posted on December 16, 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 posted on December 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm (#

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

  12. Mellie posted on November 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm (#

    I couldn’t wait until thanksgiving!! I made 2 stops for the ingredients! My house smells amazing! Thank you!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 6, 2014 at 12:19 am (#

      Mmmm! This potpourri would be amazing anytime of the year! :)

  13. Tracey barker posted on November 6, 2014 at 12:25 pm (#

    Thanks for this idea!  Also love the gift idea, perfect for teacher or neighbor gift.  

    • Jamielyn posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:04 am (#

      This makes a wonderful gift! I just put it all in one of those clear cellophane bags and attach a note. :)

  14. Shaunaly posted on November 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm (#

    I’ve made this before… it smells incredible!

  15. Sylvia posted on November 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm (#

    I would probably use one of those little tiny crock pots made for potpourri, my stove is gas, and doesn’t get very low. Simmering on my stove is impossible, plus I only have three burners.
    Would make a great Christmas gift, especially if I include the mini crock as part of it.

  16. Barb posted on November 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm (#

    Sounds great!!!   I think I’ll heat it and pour into my small crockpot….that way I don’t have to worry about forgetting about it!!  :)

    • Jamielyn posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm (#

      Great idea! Hope you enjoy this yummy Christmas potpourri. :)

  17. Carla Stanley posted on November 10, 2014 at 12:42 am (#

    Christmas  stove top potpourri smells fabulous. 

    • Jamielyn posted on November 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm (#

      I agree, it is my favorite for the holidays! :)

  18. Michelle posted on November 11, 2014 at 7:42 am (#

    Yummy!! Can’t wait to try! Thanks for he recipe!

  19. Michelle posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:52 am (#

    Ok I made this recipe with 6 cups of water in a Dutch oven on my gas cooktop on low for 3 hours and the smell {AMAZING!!!} permeated my large open concept entire first floor with vaulted ceiling living room. I Googled it to discover that cost about $.12-.$15 for all three hours {natural has cost}. So my house will smell amazing all winter!!! The crock pot? Not at all in my open space. Tried that too. :)

    • Jamielyn posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:08 pm (#

      Great idea!! So glad you enjoyed the potpourri. :)

  20. Regina posted on October 9, 2015 at 12:20 pm (#

    Can u put this in a crockpot?

    • Laura Capello posted on October 11, 2015 at 1:19 pm (#


  21. Jaytee posted on November 30, 2015 at 1:52 pm (#

    Every year
    I leave a small, food gift, on my neighbors’ front porch.Admittedly, I’ve taken the short cut of buying small, plastic bowls with lids at ,y local Dollar Store and filling the bowls with assorted nuts or candies I buy in bulk. These little treats have always been appreciated. I leave these anonymously because I don’t want anyone feel they have to precipitate. This year, my holiday treats will be Potpourri Bags. (Rather than adding powdered nutmeg, I think I’ll toss in a who nutmeg—just because I want too, and I think it will look pretty in the pot!

    Happy Holidays!!

  22. Clarissa posted on December 13, 2015 at 12:39 pm (#

    How many days could you keep it?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on December 14, 2015 at 7:31 am (#

      You can assemble everything without the water and keep it in the fridge a day or two; once you heat it up, let it sit out on the stove all day to make your home smell nice and cozy!