In this blog post you’ll learn how to make this simple dried stovetop simmering potpourri using dried herbs, spices, and citrus!
A variety of simple seasonal ingredients make up this handmade Christmas gift complete with darling printable gift tags! This simmering potpourri will make your entire home smell festive and delicious, all-naturally!
Read below for tips on dehydrating citrus, the perfect simmering potpourri blend, and how to batch it all up into the perfect handmade gift!
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 amazing 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 simmering potpourri:
- Whole Cloves
- Whole Allspice
- Dried Citrus
- Dried Cranberries
- Dehydrated Apples
- Dried Rosemary
- Dried Thyme
How to Dry or Dehydrate Potpourri Ingredients
- Slice the fruit into uniform pieces, the smaller and thinner – the quicker it will dry.
- Set your oven on the lowest setting (around 175 F). Place the ingredients on a Silpat baking mat or parchment lined baking sheet in your oven spread evenly.
- This will take anywhere from 3-6 hours depending on the fruit, size, and humidity level.
- Be sure to dehydrate fully so that all moisture is removed preventing any mold from growing.
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. That simply isn’t the case! The dried simmering potpourri is equally as effective as scenting the home.
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 linen tea towels and a holiday note. I hope you enjoy making these for your neighbors and friends! Don’t forget to save a batch for yourself!
Handmade Christmas Gift: Stove Top Potpourri
- paper trimmer (optional)
- kraft paper (optional)
- glue dots (optional)
- twine (optional)
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- Prepare the Jars: Print out the free labels, and using a paper trimmer, cut the strips of tags.
- Place a varying amount of dried fruit, herbs, cinnamon sticks, and spices into small glass jars until full.
- 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.
- 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!