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!

Christmas stove top potpourri on ...makes your home smell like Christmas!

Christmas stove top potpourri on ...makes your home smell like Christmas!


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?

Looking for more Christmas ideas? Find 100’s of ideas HERE.

Christmas stove top potpourri

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potpourri
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 21 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

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.



  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks broken in half
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon 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!

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Christmas stove top potpourri
Amount Per Serving
Calories 21
% Daily Value*
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 15.4%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 1.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

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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35 comments on “Christmas stove top potpourri”

  1. Pure awesomeness! I love this idea :)

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

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

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

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

  7. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  14. I’ve made this before… it smells incredible!

  15. 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. 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!!  :)

  17. Christmas  stove top potpourri smells fabulous. 

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

  19. 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. :)

  20. Can u put this in a crockpot?

  21. 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. How many days could you keep it?

    • 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!

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