Simmer on the stove the scents of winter and holiday, with this Stove-top Yuletide Potpourri Recipe. Add citrus, outdoor elements, apples, and fresh herbs!

Stove-top Yuletide Potpourri Recipe

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This Stove-top Yuletide Potpourri Recipe is one of my favorite “homemade” things for the holidays. You know, “favorite things” is a popular saying. Well, add in a delicious smell of “holiday,” and your home smells so cozy and lovely!

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What is potpourri?

What I love about this potpourri recipe is that it’s super easy to make. For us in our mountain home, we just grab a few outdoor elements.

Potpourri is a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl (or small sachet), to perfume clothing or a room! My friend, Cheryl, made a wonderful variety to make your home smell like Christmas

For the holidays, add in spices and fruit that are beautifully scented. We simmered ours on our wood stove, but you can make it on a regular stove-top, too.

How do you make simmering potpourri for Christmas gifts?

Better yet, how do you make simmering potpourri for Christmas gifts? It’s easy!

  1. Give a small bag away as a gift.
  2. In a ziplock or plastic bag, add the outdoor elements, 2 apples, 1 orange, 2 lemon, cinnamon sticks, a hunk of ginger, and fresh rosemary!
  3. Tie a ribbon around the bag, add a note with instructions, how to add water, simmer on the stove, and ENJOY the aroma.

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Ingredients for Yuletide Potpourri

Below are my favorite ingredients to use when making Christmas potpourri. You can add ingredients based on the season, such as apples, lemons, vanilla extract, etc. You can always add fresh cranberries for Christmas color (but they don’t really give off an aroma).

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Juniper
  • Pine
  • Fresh ginger
  • Rosemary (or sage or thyme)
  • Cranberries
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Water

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How to Make Yuletide Potpourri Recipe

Grab my recipe below and print it out–it’s super easy.

Mix everything together in a large pot and pour in the water.

Simmer and wait … wait for the house to start smelling amazing!

There is wonder in waiting

Friends, I was reading through Magnolia Journal, and I loved the words here.

Stove-top Yuletide Potpourri Recipe - Joanna Gaines

The gift of being together

Truly, the gift of this time of year is just being together.

Snuggled up in our cozy homes, sometimes with fireplace or wood stove, or just being able to click that switch and turn on the heat.

We have so much to be grateful for.

It reminds me of the scent of a home, which is why I was inspired to try Joanna’s Gaines’ Yuletide Potpourri (from the Magnolia Journal) recipe on our wood stove.

Oh, the scent of fresh pine and juniper!

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Remember, Friends, this mixture is not edible; it’s for aroma only! ENJOY!

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Stove-top Yuletide Potpourri Recipe

This mixture is not edible, it's for aroma only!
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  • 2 apples
  • 1 orange
  • 2 lemon
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 extra large cinnamon sticks, or 4 small
  • 1 sprig juniper
  • 1 sprig pine
  • 1 big chunk of fresh ginger
  • 3 sprigs rosemary


  • Combine ingredients in a medium pot and simmer over low heat for as long as desired. Add more water if it gets low. Enjoy the holiday scent!
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Stove-top Yuletide Potpourri