Homemade Christmas Potpourri — In Less Than Two Minutes!

I pulled out oranges for lunch yesterday and found that they were unfit to eat… apparently they’ve been hiding in my fridge drawer for longer than I realized.

The idea struck me almost immediately: I could whip up some homemade Christmas potpourri with these!

Within two minutes, I had some delicious-smelling potpourri simmering on the stove. It made our whole home smell ridiculously good — like I’d been slaving away in the kitchen all day. In fact, when Jesse got home, he took one whiff and said, “What smells so good?” I kinda hated to disappoint him and tell him it was likely mostly just the potpourri, not some amazing delicacy I’d cooked. :)

By the way, be sure to check out Mindy’s recipe for Homemade Christmas Potpourri that you can give as gifts.

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  1. shannon says

    Crystal you are so resourceful and I learn something new from you every day. Love this idea and what a great way to upcycle non edible oranges 😉

    • says

      Thanks for your kind words! I’ve got another post coming tomorrow on what I did with the other non-edible orange. I think I like it even better than this idea, though I really liked this one! :)

  2. says

    I have always seen people do this with whole cloves and cinnamon sticks and think I should try that, then never get around to picking up whole cloves and cinnamon sticks, this I could do with just the spices in my cupboard. Love it!

  3. Vanessa says

    I do something very similar to this, except I use a crockpot. I have a very tiny one that came part of a crock pot deal I got a few years ago. I haven’t tried using cloves when I do it, but I definitely will next time!

  4. says

    Love your post Crystal!! I just did the same thing to the boys in my family last weekend. The girls in my family were having a cookie baking session. I got the potpourri going before everyone arrived, and the boys thought I had been in the kitchen cooking for hours. Love your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Melanie says

    I haven’t used oranges, but I love to put a small pot of water on the stove with a good sprinkling of cinnamon and vanilla, and let it simmer for hours. The only problem is that the cinnamon gunks up on the pot, so it has to be scrubbed by hand, but that’s no biggie.

  6. says

    Yumm! Sounds delicious! This reminds me of a holiday favorite I made as a kid. You take whole cloves and poke them in a whole orange and hang via ribbon in your closet… great holiday scent all month long!

  7. Jen says

    I did this as gifts last year… orange peel, lemon peel, whole cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon stick… all wrapped up in one of those cheap, clear cellophane bags with a pretty ribbon. I typed up instructions and hole punched them, stuck one on each bag through the ribbon. It was so easy, inexpensive and everyone loved it… took to neighbors, teachers, friends, etc. (Can do with whole oranges or lemons but you will need to use it up faster–with old, dried peels, they can wait until they’re ready to use it.)

  8. Nicole says

    Hello, I always add a lemon sliced and cinamon stick 2-3 (found a huge pack at the dollar tree) I have done this for years, works well on stove top or small crock pot. All my friends have borrowed the recipe its a great way to freshen up the house for the holidays. I also use apples and cinamon in the spring time works well but does not keep as long.

  9. Whitney says

    I ate 3 oranges yesterday – wish I’d thought to save the peels! I can get spices so cheaply from the bulk store, this would likely cost me about 5 cents!

  10. Heather H. says

    Thanks so much for this recipe! We had a get together last weekend and couldn’t burn my candles because someone had asthma. This was a fabulous alternative and everyone loved the smell. I will be using this more often. =)

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