How To Make Stovetop Potpourri – DIY Holiday Gift Jar
One of the easiest ways to make your home cozier when temperatures start to drop is to fill your space with a seasonal scent. When I was little, my mom and I used to take oranges and fill them with whole cloves. The mix of orange and clove scent was so lovely and still reminds me of fall and winter. Today I’m sharing a simple one Potpourri falling on the stove that you can make yourself without much effort and that also makes a great hostess gift!
Required accessories for potpourri:
- Red Apple
- Whole cloves
- cinnamon sticks
- knife and cutting board
- Airtight container if you want to give it as a gift, or a pot and some water if you want to use it yourself!
Step-by-step instructions for the hotplate potpourri:
Step 1: Preparation.
Cut your orange and apple into thin slices. The thinner the slices, the faster they dehydrate.
How to dehydrate fruit
Step 2: Dehydrate.
Organize your slices later in your dehydrator, then dehydrate according to your machine’s instructions. You don’t have to just use the “pretty” pieces, either. You’ll notice that I also used the stem ends of the apple and orange. Even if they are not particularly tasty, they still give off a wonderful scent! I also dehydrated some sprigs of fresh rosemary that I had on hand, but you can easily use pre-dried rosemary for the same effect.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, search online for ways to dry orange and apple slices and fresh rosemary in a regular oven. It can be made easily, I happen to have a dehydrator that I use for herbs.
Step 3: Gather your ingredients.
When everything is sufficiently dehydrated, it’s time to assemble your potpourri. First, place your orange and apple slices in a bowl.
Then sprinkle in all your cloves…
…and add your cinnamon sticks and dried sprigs of rosemary!
There is no science as to how much of each ingredient you should add. I love the scent of orange and clove so I used a lot of that. Whatever amount of each ingredient you choose, it will smell amazing! It’s a process of forgiveness.
Step 4: Store in an airtight container.
Once you’ve mixed your ingredients in a bowl and cooled them completely, you can store them in an airtight container like a mason jar. These would make a wonderful DIY Christmas gift!
To use the stovetop potpourri, simply pour the mixture into a pan, fill the pan with water and simmer together on your stovetop or hotplate. Make sure you keep the heat low; You don’t want the water to start bubbling up. The goal is to heat it up enough to start “cooking” and releasing the scent of the ingredients.
As a bonus, if you’re making this for yourself, you can skip the dehydrating step and just throw everything straight into a pot to simmer. dry out is only a necessary step if you are storing the potpourri for future use. Enjoy!
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