Christmas Potpourri

This homemade potpourri will make your home smell like Christmas ALL DAY LONG! Great for parties or just a winter weekend at home.

The snow that fell on us over the weekend seems to have infused our boys with unbridled energy. After school they went straight from the car to the back yard, where they rolled in snow, made snow balls and transported them using a wheelbarrow. Oh the intrigue of freshly-fallen snow. I love this time of year. It's funny how we fall back into winter without skipping a beat. The winter boots go back on our feet and hats and mittens litter our home, but we do it all as if we've been doing it all year long.

Something else that comes along with winter are holiday scents. I made a homemade Fall Potpourri using all of my favorite fall scents, so wanted to create a winter/Christmas version, as well. I made a test batch a few days ago and we happened to have guests in from out of town that evening. One of our guests said, "Your house smells SO GOOD. How do you get it to smell just like Christmas?!" Easy peasy! Put a few simple ingredients into a saucepan or crockpot and your home will slowly begin to smell uhhhhhh-maaaaayzing.

This would be a great thing to prepare for any holiday occasion, even if it's just a weekend day spent with the family and Christmas music. Enjoy the potpourri and the rest of this snowy week!

Homemade Christmas Potpourri

This potpourri is super easy to make and it will make your home smell like Christmas ALL DAY!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Dec 12, 2016

Serves: 1 batch potpourri

Total time: 10 min prep



  • 1/4 of a grapefruit, cut into chunks (peel on)
  • 1 apple, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 of a lemon, cut into chunks (peel on)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • A few small pine branches, clipped straight from tree
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups water
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to Low heat and simmer for 4-6 hours for fresh-smelling potpourri.
  2. Or place all ingredients in a crockpot on Low heat for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.