Garden Gift: Simmering Potpourri

Delight your friends and family this holiday season with a homemade gift inspired by the garden and crafted in the kitchen.
Simmering Potpourri

Simmering Potpourri

Fill your home with scents of the holidays all winter long.

Fill your home with scents of the holidays all winter long.

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Homemade gifts are sometimes the most cherished. They are a thoughtful and special way to share the spirit of the season with those around you.

Each year, I like to make simmering potpourri. I love how it adds another layer to the holidays, making the home feel even more warm and inviting. Not only do the sights of the holidays have special meaning, but scents also bring me back to some of my fondest memories. Try making and giving this potpourri to neighbors, friends, family and teachers this year.


  • Two oranges-sliced and dried
  • Two apples-sliced and dried
  • 2 jars of cinnamon sticks
  • 1 jar of bay leaves
  • 1 jar of whole cloves
  • 1/2 jar of dried rosemary
  • Decorative canister
  • Ribbon
  • Gift tag

Take a peek at the gallery below to learn how to make your own potpourri including how to dry your own apples and oranges:

Potpourri How-To

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Simmering Potpourri

Delight your loved ones and their noses with a gift straight from the kitchen, simmering potpourri.

Dry Your Own

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. On a baking sheet, arrange thinly sliced apples and oranges. Dehydrate them in the oven for approximately 2 hours.

You Will Need

2 oranges, sliced and oven-dried /2 apples, sliced and oven-dried /1 jar of bay leaves /2 jars of cinnamon sticks /1 jar of whole cloves /1/2 jar of dried rosemary /mixing bowl /decorative container /ribbon /gift tag

Mix them Up

In a mixing bowl, combine all of your potpourri ingredients.

Use a Decorative Container

Fill your decorative container with the potpourri mix. I love seeing the light shine through the oranges!

The Final Touches

Wrap a decorative ribbon around the top and add a gift tag.

Simmer Away

When ready for use, pull out a cinnamon stick, a couple of bay leaves, apple slices and slice of orange. Scoop out 1 tablespoon of the clove and rosemary mixture. Add this to 1 cup of water and simmer in a saucepan on the stove top.

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