Homemade Simmer Pot Potpourri


Last week I had a couple of apples and oranges that were past their prime and were no longer good to eat. Instead of throwing them out, I decided to slice and dehydrate them to add to a simple simmer pot potpourri. Now my home can smell warm and cozy each day of the holiday season plus I can share some of this with my friends and family as holiday gifts. Here are some simple steps to make your own homemade simmer pot potpourri.

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Homemade Simmer Pot Potpouri

Materials Needed

There is no right or wrong way to create homemade simmer pot potpourri. Just look at what you have and think about what will smell good in your home.

  • Apples and oranges
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole Cloves
  • Cedar Berries and leaves
  • Dried Lavender leaves
  • Dehydrator
  • Glass Jars or Containers


  • Slice your fruit and lay it out on your dehydrator.
  • Let the fruit dry thoroughly at a medium temperature – aprox. 125°for 1-2 days
  • Mix all the dried ingredients in a bowl
  • Divide the dried ingredients into jars for gifts

Tip: Save extra jars throughout the year so you can use them for gifts. Canning jars with cracks or lids you can’t reuse are perfect for repurposing into potpourri gift jars. I also save empty spice jars that are perfect for these gifts!

Label & Share

Use a piece of natural twine and a simple gift tag to finish off your homemade gift.

Tip: Recycle Christmas cards from years past to create special gift tags. Read full directions here.

How to Use Homemade Potpourri

Add a cup of potpourri to a small pot of water and simmer on low all day. Keep an eye on the water and top it off whenever it gets low. Enjoy the smell of your homemade potpourri all throughout the holiday season.

Have you ever made homemade potpourri? What else do you include? Got any tips to make it smell even better? I’d love to hear!

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