Stovetop potpourri for Christmas is a great – and cheap! – way to make your entire home smell like everything that’s wonderful about the holidays! Check out the recipe below and make your own for just $1.70!
As I promised in my previous post, Stovetop Potpourri for Fall, here’s my new wintry stovetop potpourri for Christmas!
The method is exactly the same, but you’re going to change up a few of the ingredients to make your humble abode smell just like everything that’s wonderful about the holidays! For the Christmas version, I’ve added oranges and cranberries and ramped up the amount of cloves. I’ve also included a dash of vanilla and a few sprigs of fresh greenery (you know that delightfully fresh and woodsy smell at the Christmas tree farm? Yeah – THAT!)
Some people find the artificial fragrances from candles or wax melts are just TOO MUCH, and the smell can even make some people a bit lightheaded or trigger allergies. So this natural ‘home fragrance’ gives you the amazing seasonal smell without the punch in the face of artificial fragrances.
What you’ll need:
2-3 cups water – free
1 orange, sliced – .60
Couple of handfuls frozen cranberries (or a sliced apple, if you can’t get your hands on cranberries) – .50
1 1/2 tbsp ground cloves – .20
6 cinnamon sticks (or about 2 tbsp ground cinnamon) – .15
2 tbsp white sugar – .05
1 tsp nutmeg – .05
1 tsp vanilla extract (you can use the cheap artificial stuff) – .15
Several fresh sprigs from a fir or pine tree – free
What you do:
1. Add all the ingredients to a large saucepan, and bring to a low boil on medium-high heat. Reduce to low, leave uncovered and simmer. Be sure to check the water level every so often and add more as needed.
Total cost: $1.70!
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