Handmade Christmas Gift: Stove Top Potpourri

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Posted: 12/18/2017·

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Use simple seasonal ingredients to make this handmade christmas gift; an easy stove top potpourri recipe that packs a serious punch! 

Homemade Stovetop Potpourri Recipe

Learn how to make your own stovetop potpourri to give as a beautiful handmade Christmas gift! Download my free printable gift tags to go along with this lovely holiday gift!

What ingredients are in stovetop potpourri? 

The beautiful thing about making your own homemade stovetop potpourri is that you can customize it with an array of ingredients! 

I like to use seasonal fruit, herbs, and spices to make a blend that smells amazing! Some of the best spices to use are cinnamon, cloves, and allspice! These spices produce a wonderful aroma that naturally makes your home smell just like Christmas! 

Some ingredients to try in homemade stovetop potpourri: 

  • Cinnamon
  • Whole cloves
  • Allspice 
  • Dried citrus 
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dehydrated apples 
  • Dried rosemary 

The last time I visited Chateau Sonoma, I left with baskets full of pomegranates and persimmons, and while I was able to use some of them up in syrups and pureés, I still had quite a few left over, so I decided to dehydrate some in my oven to create a colorful homemade potpourri for Christmas gifts. 

I had never dried fruit in my oven before, and honestly just sort of guessed on how to do it – but the results were fantastic. I simply sliced the fruit into uniform pieces, and then placed them on Silpat baking mats in my oven. I set my oven to the lowest setting, and let them dehydrate all day long.

Each time I opened the oven I was hit with humidity from the fruit – proving that the magic was happening. After roughly 6 hours, the fruit was dry, and ready to use. I let it cool and then placed it in a container to use later. 

You’ll see some recipes call for just a few hours to dehydrate fruit; however, I have found that it isn’t quite long enough. It’s very important to fully dehydrate everything so that mold cannot grow! 

If you’re not up for dehydrating your own fruit, you can always buy dehydrated fruit! 

Or, if you want a simple simmering stovetop potpourri recipe that doesn’t require any dehydration you can always skip the dehydrating and simmer right away, it just doesn’t keep for gifting!

*Note: if you live in a very humid climate, it may take you longer than 6 hours to dehydrate the fruit.

I really, truly love making things. Making my advent calendar this year was one of the highlights of the season, and creating this easy and beautiful gift seconds it. Compiling the fruit and spices into little glass jars with darling little labels was a gift to myself all on its own.

When making this recipe, I initially thought that since the ingredients were dry, they wouldn’t be as potent as my fresh stove top potpourri recipe. Well, I was very very wrong. 

This recipe is truly fantastic, and just as wonderful as a fresh recipe. I was amazed by the lovely scent that has lasted for days. I let my potpourri sit for a few days before tossing it, but by day two it doesn’t look as pretty, but it still smells just as nice! 

I cannot wait to give these as gifts. They are toxin free, which is a huge bonus, and they are very inexpensive to make. I plan on pairing them with turkish tea towels and a Christmas note. I hope you enjoy making these for your neighbors and friends! Don’t forget to save a batch for yourself!

Dried Stove Top Potpourri 

Handmade Christmas Gift: Stove Top Potpourri

Handmade Christmas Gift: Stove Top Potpourri

Prep Time: 6 hours
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 7 hours
Difficulty: Medium

Make this stovetop potpourri recipe as a great homemade Christmas gift idea! Dried fruit, herbs, and spices smell divine and look beautiful all jarred up!


  • 5-6 seasonal fruit such as persimmons, citrus, or pomegranates
  • 1 bundle herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or sage
  • 1 jar whole all-spice
  • 1 jar whole cloves
  • 1 jar whole cinnamon sticks
  • 8 oz mason jars
  • card stock (optional)
  • free printable tags (optional)


  • paper trimmer (optional)
  • kraft paper (optional)
  • glue dots (optional)
  • twine (optional)


  1. Prepare the Potpourri: Slice fruit into uniform pieces. Place sliced fruit and herbs onto a lined baking sheet. Make sure to spread the fruit out so that it is not stacked on top of itself (as if you were making cookies), otherwise it may not dry completely. The fruit must be 100% dehydrated to prevent mold growth once it is jarred up!
  2. Turn your oven to its lowest temperature, and dehydrate the fruit & herbs for 6-8 hours (Maybe even a bit longer if you have a lot of fruit or fruit that contains more moisture!). Make sure the fruit is 100% dry because mold can grow if there is moisture still present.
  3. Remove from the oven, and save until you are ready to assemble the jars. You can expect the listed ingredients to make about 5 jars (possibly 6). I like to add 3 cinnamon sticks in each jar combined with dried herbs and the other ingredients!
  4. Prepare the Jars: Print out the free labels, and using a paper trimmer, cut the strips of tags.
  5. Place a varying amount of dried fruit, herbs, cinnamon sticks, and spices into small glass jars until full.
  6. Cut rounds of kraft paper roughly 1″ larger in diameter than the glass jars. Use a glue dot to secure the kraft paper to the lids.
  7. Use another glue dot to secure the tag to the kraft paper, and then add twine and other festive accessories to the jars. Enjoy gifting these to neighbors and friends!


If you want to speed up the process and skip drying your own ingredients, simply purchase already dehydrated fruit and herbs!

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  1. […] Click here to start browsing gift ideas […]

  2. […] potpourri jars were my favorite. I dehydrated orange slices in the oven and then filled glass jars with cinnamon […]

    • I dried the slices, but they were more for show, they don’t have much of a scent – the herbs are the stars of the show :)

  3. I absolutely love this idea! I’ve done this a zillion times for myself but I’ve never considered dehydrating everything and gifting it!! I’m totally doing this!! Thanks for the inspo!

  4. Hi Chloe, did you use up the entire jars of spices in making 5 potpourri jars? I’m trying to gauge how much of each spice to use in each potpourri jar. Thank you!

    • Since it is all dried out – indefinitely :) just make sure it’s 100% dry or else mold can grow.

  5. Hi. This sounds incredible! Is it a one time use? I read your response that the recipient adds water and simmers being careful not to let the water evaporate. What do they do with it once they are done for the day? Like if they have to leave the house and don’t want to leave the stovetop on? Is there a way to store it? Thank you.

    • Hi Stephanie – essentially it is “one time” although I leave mine out for 2-3 days before discarding it. I simply leave it out, uncovered – and haven’t experienced any problems. Of course, it’s not very pretty the 2nd or 3rd day, but still smells lovely!

  6. Hi Chloe where did you purchase the spices used in this recipe? Did you just buy McCormick spices from the grocery store or bulk spices off of amazon? Thanks!!

    • Hi Allison – I did! However, I have linked to some bulk spices in the recipe card in case you’d like to make a big batch! xo

    • Hi Susan, there is a large button above the steps that says: "download the free printable labels" – are you able to find it? Thank you!

  7. Hi! Love this idea! I have a question tho, the jars of allspice and cinnamon and cloves, are those spice jar size? Like McCormick or did you order online? Thanks in advance!

  8. Hi there! Thank you for sharing, love this idea…I made it this weekend but the herbs turned brown in the oven. Do you dry these for less time? Any suggestions how to keep these green?

    • Erin – I used herbs that I had dried over the summer from my garden – so I hadn’t put the herbs in the oven for this recipe. I am guessing that it is a natural process as they dry out (to loser their color)? Or perhaps mine were just extra green from the garden? Wish I had a better answer for you!!

  9. Hi Chloe,

    I am hoping to make these for holiday gifts this year but can’t seem to find the labels to print…

    Thank you,

  10. Chloe is there a printable tag to attach to the jar? I think there is but I can’t find it. :) So excited to gift these beauties!

    • I am so sorry I don’t know what happened, but the link to the labels was missing!! It’s updated now! Just click the button below the recipe and it should open into a new window!

  11. Do you add water to the jars or leave it dry? I am giving these as gifts and I want them to persevere well incase they do not use them right away. Thanks!

    • What fun! Leave them dry, you want to dry them alllll the way out. Any moisture left over will cause mold.

      Then the recipient will add water only when ready to use, simmer on the stove in a large pot. Keep a close eye on the stove to make sure the water doesn’t evaporate all the way, it will burn!

  12. What fruits did you use for your run? I am about to google seasonal fruit good for potpourri, because other than citrus I have no idea what will dehydrate well

    • I used persimmons, pomegranates, and oranges! Citrus works well as do persimmons. Dried apples would be great too!

    • I just updated the recipe because that has been a common question, I am sorry I didn’t add that to begin with! You can expect about 5 jars, perhaps 6. It depends on the size of jar you use how large you slice the fruit. If you want to stretch the recipe, add a few more cinnamon sticks and dried herb branches to fill the jars up!

  13. Hi Chloe! I would LOVE this as a gift but I will definitely try this again…last year I had a problem with the fruit so this year I’m going to set the oven on 200 and make this the actual day I buy the fruit.

    But I have made the stove top potpourri with cranberries and oranges and rosemary, I think cinnamon too. Boy was that heavenly!!!

    • Hi Janet! I am wondering if you had stacked the fruit on top of each other? Or perhaps it needed to dehydrate longer? It can be such a long process. I may even purchase a dehydrator this year to use for many things, but it would be great for this recipe!

  14. Very beautiful your potpourri, I can imagine the wonderful smell. If I received a gift like that, I would feel very happy. xo from Dominican Republic.

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