Christmas in a Pot {Stovetop Potpourri}

Give your home a quick festive lift with some help from the fruit on the counter, spices from the pantry and clippings from your tree.

The holidays just aren’t complete without the delicious aroma of Christmas. A stove top potpourri mix is an easy, and inexpensive way to make your home smell wonderful in just a few minutes.

Stove Top Christmas Potpourri

1 whole orange
1/2 cup cranberries
1 Tbsp. whole cloves
3 sticks of cinnamon
A few clippings from your tree
A few drops of vanilla extract
A sprinkle of grated nutmeg or cinnamon

Slice the orange. Toss the citrus and your choice of whole sweet spices into a pot of simmering water. Reduce heat to lowest setting, and refill water as needed {do not let the water evaporate completely}.

{original photo — 12/16/11}

{updated photo 12/15/13}

One batch of stove top potpourri will stay good for weeks {the mix will turn brown, but still smell delicious}. Get creative with your potpourri mix! You can use an orange, lemon, or grapefruit, and add cinnamon sticks, cloves, or allspice berries!

{updated 12/7/15}

You can also enjoy your delicious holiday aroma in a mini crockpot!



  1. Mandy
    December 16, 2011 / 2:32 pm

    I found a recipe very similar to this on Pinterest and tried it. It DOES make your house smell amazing and the smell lasts 🙂

  2. Laurie
    December 16, 2011 / 2:52 pm

    loooove this, I'm such candle junkie. I have tons of them and I'm always spraying stuff trying to make the house smell good. So this is a great recipe and I'm def. going to try it when we have guests over for Christmas!

  3. Nicole-Lynn
    December 16, 2011 / 3:20 pm

    I need to do this 🙂 Thanks for the tip!

  4. The Engaged Life
    December 16, 2011 / 4:21 pm

    I have wanted to try this forever, just always forget! Thanks for the reminder:)

  5. A Simple Southern Life
    December 16, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    I need to try this!

  6. Kate @ Daffodils
    December 16, 2011 / 8:19 pm

    mmmm I can smell this through the computer. yum!

  7. Lindsey Regan Thorne @ be pretty
    December 20, 2011 / 9:02 pm

    I swear I just gained 10 lbs reading this post!! DELIGHTFUL!!! Everything looks delish and your a doll! What fun!

  8. Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate
    December 20, 2013 / 8:38 pm

    So happy you shared this…thanks! Pinned 😉 Merry, Merry Christmas, Christina!

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