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Our Holiday Stovetop Potpourri Recipe Smells Like Christmas Morning

Simmer pot detail fruits

It’s finally the time of the year when our homes can smell like Christmas (without any judgment). A holiday simmer pot is a perfect way to add instant holiday cheer to your home without much time, money, or effort. And today, we’re showing you how it’s done. Follow this easy step-by-step guide to make a holiday stovetop potpourri recipe you’ll enjoy all season long. Let’s do it!


prepping fruits and cutting oranges

Materials Required: 

  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • 1 Green apple
  • 1 Red apple
  • 1/2 Grapefruit
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 cup of Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 tsp forest pine essential oil or a branch of fresh pine
  • 2 drops of vanilla extract
  • Pot

Related: This Homemade Stovetop Potpourri Makes Your Home Smell Like Fall

adding water to a pot


Step One: Firstly, you will need to fill a medium pot with water until it reaches 3/4 way up. Don’t overfill it.

Step Two: Cut all your favourite fruits into slices. Although you can really use whatever you have on hand, we recommend citrus, forest pine, vanilla and apples for a holiday scent.

adding fruits to a sauce pot

Step Three: Place your pot on the stove and let the water simmer at a low temperature. Start adding the pine scent, drops of vanilla extract, and the fruits one by one. Make sure to add more water when necessary and let it simmer for up to 6 hours.

The best part of all?  You can let your simmer pot cool overnight and reuse it all over again for up to two days. Just always remember to add more water when needed.

Related: Top 10 Secrets of People Whose Houses Smell Amazing

holiday potpourri

Do you need other festive simmer pot recipe ideas? Here are our favourite ones for you to try all season long:

  • Fresh cranberries, lemon, lime, cinnamon and pine branches (cut straight from the tree)
  • Oranges and clementines, cloves and pine (scent or fresh)
  • Lemon, eucalyptus and fresh ginger
  • Rosemary, vanilla scent, grapefruit and peppermint oil
  • Cranberry and cinnamon
  • Red apple, apple cider vinegar, apple juice, whole clove, nutmeg
  • Lemon and rosemary

We’re warning you, if you love candles, this might just switch you over to homemade potpourri forever!

Images courtesy of Maca Atencio

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