Candice Batista putting DIY Holiday Stovetop Potpourri into a glass jar

Who doesn’t want their home to smell like the holidays? It’s easier than ever with my guide on How To Make DIY Holiday Stovetop Potpourri!

As I am sitting here writing this I have a pot of this recipe simmering on the stove, the whole house is filled with warm scents of cinnamon and rosemary, it smells like Christmas.

The combination of citrus, warm spices, cranberries, and rosemary come together beautifully to make the house smell divine.

I love making this, it does take a bit of time, but if you are having a party it’s a great way to greet your guests when they enter your home and it makes such a fabulous, easy, cheap, low waste gift idea. You can use jars you already own or find them on trading apps like Bunz.

Stovetop potpourri is a mix of edible ingredients (fruit, spices + herbs) that you simmer on your stovetop for a few hours. It’s a natural, homemade scent that is a better alternative to synthetic candles that can add to indoor air pollution in the home. Be sure to keep your simmer pot on low heat and replenish with water frequently.

 DIY Holiday Stovetop Potpourri

For this particular recipe, I used  2 oranges, 2 lemons and 2 limes. You are going to slice them into think rounds and place them on a baking sheet. 

You can either dehydrate them or bake in the oven, at 200F for 5 hours. It’s a long time. Check them every 35 mins or so, you want them to get dry. All moisture removed. 

Once they are ready, let them cool, they will harden slightly, then add them to any jar you like. All you need to do is fill the jar, I just eyeball it! 

You can add some vanilla or cinnamon, I like to add dried rosemary to the jars as well. It’s a great pop of colour and smells simply lovely. 


It’s so easy. You need a pot, fill half of it with water, then add the potpourri. Set your stove to very low heat, you want the water to simmer very slowly and you want to check it often, you will need to keep the water topped up. As it simmers the house will begin to smell a little like Christmas heaven.

DIY Holiday Stovetop Potpourri



Once you have added the ingredients to a jar, you can tie a little bow to it.  I also created a little label with the instructions for the person your are giving it too. I created this on Cava and got the idea from Pinterest.

How To Make DIY Holiday Stovetop Potpourri

Here are some other great combinations: 

Sliced apples, cinnamon sticks, vanilla.

Juniper berries, rosemary, pine needles.

Lemon slices, vanilla, rosemary.

Orange slices, cinnamon sticks, whole clove.

Look at this! I love it! 


How To Make DIY Holiday Stovetop Potpourri


Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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