DIY: How to Make Easy Christmas Potpourri {VIDEO}

Creating the scent of Christmas is easy! The simple additions of a few ingredients like citrus and pine in your home in 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.

Putting Together Your Own Christmas Potpourri Is Easy - Watch Here!

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.

What is Potpourri?

Potpourri is an easy way to create an inviting scent into your home. Potpourri can be dried and shared in an open space in your home. Or in this potpourri recipe, simple simmer over a low heat to share the aroma with a combination of fruits, spices, plant materials and sometimes essential oils.

How do I make my house smell like Christmas?

I love how easy it can be to invite the smell of Christmas into your home! Very little effort required here to accomplish this recipe and inspire Christmas wishes and dreams and a spirit of joy! A few ingredients placed into a pot and simmered will make everyone excited about the holidays. Cinnamon, citrus fruits, pine and cranberries mix up beautifully. You can use all or some of the ingredients as you have them around the house. You can even use a crockpot so you can take advantage of the 4-6 hours it’ll be good for.

How long will potpourri last?

This is a mixture of ingredients that are good for the day. After placing the ingredients in the crockpot and submersing them in water, the heat will use up all the scent from the pieces for about 4-6 hours, maybe longer. Be sure to toss out the used foods. To re-create the aroma, another batch of fruits, spices and plants should be put together.


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! In the fall you can put the pot on with a fabulous Fall Potpourri scent. It’s a wonderful scent too to be enjoyed evenings as you enjoy the season change!



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DIY-How To Make Christmas Potpourri homemade potpourri will make your home smell like Christmas ALL DAY LONG! Great for parties or just a winter weekend at home.
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How to Make Easy Christmas Potpourri

prep time: 10 minscook time: total time: 10 mins

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


  • 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.
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