Simple Holiday Potpourri

It’s so easy to make your own potpourri, and it’s such a fun and inexpensive gift.

Make up a small batch of this orange spice holiday potpourri and keep it in your kitchen to simmer any time you want a fresh, festive scent in your home.

Or make a big batch to make several small gifts for anyone on your list.  Buy small, holiday treat bags with ties, or you can use pretty sachet bags then fill with potpourri and tie with ribbon or raffia.  Attach a homemade gift tag with simple instructions (simmer 1/4 cup potpourri in 1 cup water) for an added touch.

How to Make Simple Holiday Potpourri

Ingredients (Amounts vary according to how much you need):

  • dried orange peels –  about one cup
  • cinnamon sticks  (6-8)
  • whole cloves  (about 2 tablespoons)
  • whole allspice  (about 2 tablespoons)


  1. Use leftover orange peels and air-dry overnight by placing on paper towels on counter.  (Do not cover.)
  2. Mix ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Store in airtight container.
  4. Simmer one tablespoon plus 1/2 cup water in small pot or potpourri warmer.
Planning for a homemade Christmas? Look forward to more homemade gift tutorials over the next couple of weeks!

What’s your favorite homemade gift?

About Brandy Ferguson

Brandy is a wife of 17 years and a homeschooling mom of eight boys. She spends most of her time teaching, cooking, and managing a busy, happy home.  She also enjoys writing and encouraging mothers at her blog where she shares household tips, homeschooling resources and recipes at

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  1. I usually use pickling spice too which adds to the smell of this. I love making this every Christmas holiday.

  2. I have some of this going right now, Brandy – it smells amazing! I’ve done this with spices before, but the dried orange peels really add a special touch :) Great idea!

  3. Yes, I will definitely try this. I’ve made a habit of saving my orange peels in the freezer to simmer on the stove with cinnamon and cloves, but I’ll have to try the traditional, dried potpourri.

  4. what a fabulous idea– particularly for teachers who might be on homemade cookie overload!! i love things like this where measurements need not be precise, so little hands can get in on the gift making. thank you for sharing this idea!!

  5. Can’t wait to try this! I can already smell it! So, dumb question, you put the whole thing (all the orange peels in spices) in that amount of water?

  6. I’ve made this for years for myself and to give away. Sometimes I add dry apple peel. I’ve even used it to make spiced apple cider. Just put some in an infuser, drop it in the apple cider on the stove and let it steep for several hours.

  7. This is a great gift idea! I do this on the stove, but don’t always use the same ingredients and surely never thought to give it away as a gift! Hmmm that is something for me to remember here!

  8. I think this is a great idea! The favorite gift I made was a journal for a friend. I made the paper from recycled junk mail, used cardboard boxes and scrap fabric and ribbons for the covers, and sewed the binding. My friend loved it, and my mom has asked me to make one for one of her co-workers this year. It takes a little time, but they turn out adorable!

  9. This is a great idea. I usually just use cloves and cinnamon sticks. The allspice should make it smell even better!

  10. Great idea! We do homemade gifts every year (with my side of the family). Some of my favorites have been homemade laundry soap, coasters, family calendars, framed shadowboxes, etc. Makes Christmas SO much more enjoyable!! We love it!

  11. Yeah, I was wondering the same thing… do you buy orange peels or do you dry them yourself? I assume if you had a dehydrator you could dehydrate them. Can you dry them in the oven. I’m looking for some inexpressive gifts for some moms who have been watching my children a few times a day. This seems like a neat gift, something a little different that can make your house smell homey.

    • I had looked and looked for a place where I could buy bulk orange peels, but didn’t find anywhere except Azure Standard, and I didn’t want to order and then wait. I figured with this many boys eating oranges, it wouldn’t take me long to accumulate the peels I needed. :) I just peel them, leave them on a paper towel in the corner of the kitchen, and the next day, they’re already dried. So easy! :)

  12. Do you have a ratio that you generally use for the ingredients? Also, how do you dry the orange peels?

    • Hey there, ladies. I did edit in some more details like that for you guys. Thanks so much for the great questions. I had hesitated to put an exact amount of ingredients because there’s a bit of wiggle room in there for this easy recipe. Have fun, and I hope you enjoy! Blessings, Brandy


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