How to Make the Best Stovetop Potpourri With Your Kids!

by Sharlene Habermeyer

Inside: Here are 3 recipes for making the best Fall stovetop potpourri with your kids! As it simmers on the stove, your house will smell like a cross between a freshly baked apple pie or a gingerbread cookie. Plus, your children will learn some interesting scientific information…all in the name of fun! Note: look for “Teaching Tips for Parents,” at the end of the blog. It will give you ideas on how to make this a learning experience with your kids and raise brighter children. 

When Fall arrives, I feel like a cupboard has been opened and all the sights, sounds and smells of the season come tumbling out. Cinnamon, clove, ginger, cranberry, orange, lemon, nutmeg and more. Combining these delicious ingredients produces a luscious stovetop potpourri that will permeate your home and make it smell like warm gingerbread cookies popping out of the oven.

This DIY potpourri recipe is simple enough for the smallest of hands to make. It’s a fun gift for you or your kids to give at holiday time and it’s the perfect activity for grandparents to make with their grandchildren.

Do you like activities to do with your kids that are fun AND have a learning curve? I do. So look for the “Teaching Tips for Parents,” at the end of the blog and discover interesting information about how this activity teaches the power of scientific patterns and how to share these ideas with your kids.

Stovetop Potpourri for the Holidays

The recipes are considered stovetop potpourri meaning that their essence, oils, and fragrance are released when simmering on the stove.

There are 3 variations: one for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Each starts with the same base ingredients. Most of the items are dried, but before putting the potpourri on the stove, I like to add fresh oranges, lemons, apples or cranberries (depending on the holiday).

Click here to watch the 2-minute video here on how to make the stovetop potpourri.

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This Fall stovetop potpourri is easy to make and has 7 basic ingredients: cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, bay leaves, and depending on the holiday: orange peel, cranberries, and fresh lemons, oranges or apples.

3 Recipes, 7 Ingredients, 4 Easy Steps

Check out Atlantic Spice Company and Nuts.com for the ingredients. Both places sell in bulk and have great prices.

Halloween Stovetop Potpourri Recipe

Halloween Stovetop Potpourri to Make With Your Kids!
 
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A fun and easy potpourri recipe to make with your kids. Easy to assemble. Let simmer on the stove for 2 hours and enjoy the wonderful smell throughout your home!
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Recipe type: Fall Potpourri
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 T whole cloves
  • 3 Bay Leaf
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 T dried lemon peel (1/4 inch diced)
  • 3 slices dried oranges
  • ½ fresh lemon, cut in quarters (this is optional--because you have the lemon peel, but I add it anyway)
  • ½ fresh orange, cut in quarters
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a 2-quart pot
  2. Add 4 cups water.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Lower heat and let simmer. Add water as necessary.
  5. When ready, turn off and let cool
  6. When cool, put the potpourri into a plastic container; cover; refrigerate and use another day. It will keep for at least 1 month.
Stovetop Potpourri

This is delicious smelling potpourri…perfect for the fall season! Most of the ingredients are dried, but before putting it on the stove, add either a fresh lemon, orange, apple or cranberries–depending on the season. After simmering, cool and refrigerate to enjoy another day.

Thanksgiving Stovetop Potpourri Recipe

Thanksgiving Stovetop Potpourri to Make With Your Kids!
 
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A yummy fall and Thanksgiving stovetop potpourri that your kids will love making around the holidays. Easy to make and let simmer on the stove for an amazing smell in your home. Great for gifts, too!
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Recipe type: Thanksgiving Stovetop Potpourri
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 T whole cloves
  • 3 Bay Leaf
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 T dried lemon peel (1/4 inch diced)
  • 3 slices dried apples
  • ½ fresh lemon, cut in quarters
  • ½ fresh apple, cut in quarters
  • optional: ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a 2-quart pot
  2. Add 4 cups water.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Lower heat and let simmer. Add water as necessary.
  5. When ready, turn off and let cool
  6. When cool, put the potpourri into a plastic container; cover; refrigerate and use another day. It will keep for at least 1 month.
Stovetop Potpourri for Thanksgiving

For the Thanksgiving potpourri, instead of adding dried or fresh oranges, substitute dried apple and a 1/2 of a fresh apple to simmer on the stove. When combined with the cinnamon, your house will smell like an apple pie right out of the oven!

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri Recipe

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri to Make With Your Kids!
 
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Easy DIY stovetop potpourri to make with your kids. Simmer on the stove for an amazing smell that will fill your home for the holidays!
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Recipe type: Christmas Stovetop Potpourri
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 T whole cloves
  • 3 Bay Leaf
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 T dried lemon peel (1/4 inch diced)
  • 2 T dried cranberries
  • ½ fresh lemon, cut in quarters
  • ½ fresh orange, cut in quarters
  • You can also add dried oranges to the bag (it looks pretty)
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a 2-quart pot
  2. Add 4 cups water.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Lower heat and let simmer. Add water as necessary.
  5. When ready, turn off and let cool
  6. When cool, put the potpourri into a plastic container; cover; refrigerate and use another day. It will keep for at least 1 month.
Christmas Stovetop Potpourri

For the Christmas potpourri, use dried and fresh oranges and lemons. I also add 2 tablespoons of dried cranberries to the mix. It adds beautiful red color to the potpourri and a wonderful smell to the room.

5 Ways to Wrap the Stovetop Potpourri for Holiday Gift Giving

Check out these different ways to wrap the potpourri for that special gift.

1. Labels & Directions

Attach a label and the directions on every bag of potpourri. Make your own or download this printable. It has 3 sheets of labels; one for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The intensity of the colors works best when you use a high-quality paper or cardstock. I ran a test copy on both an ink-jet printer and laser printer. Both work great, but again–quality paper is key.

Click here to download the FREE labels

2. Cellophane Bags

Purchase clear cellophane bags. Carefully place all the ingredients into the bag. Tie a bow with ribbon or fold the edges down and clasp with a small clothespin. Attach a label with directions.

Stovetop Potpourri,

For this photo, the label is on the side, but attach it to the actual potpourri cellophane bag

3. Fabric Bags

There are dozens of fabric bags you can use to put the potpourri in. Check Paper Mart for bags that come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and fabrics.

Stovetop potpourri bags

4. Baskets

When giving this as a gift include the potpourri along with fresh orange, lemon or apple. Put everything in a colorful basket for the perfect fun gift!

basket with potpourri in it

5. Attach to a Larger Gift

If you’re looking for something to make a special gift to someone look extra creative, think about adding a bag of potpourri to the top of your gift. Put the potpourri in a cellophane bag, tie with ribbon and tuck it underneath the bow of your package.

stovetop Potpourri wrapping for Halloween

This is a Halloween gift (wrapped in black paper) and after putting the potpourri in a cellophane bag, you can tuck it underneath the bow of your package. The label is attached underneath the potpourri. It makes the package more interesting and fun.

These are easy recipes to put together, but if it seems too daunting, consider the alternative: air fresheners from the store…ugh!

Stovetop Potpourri: Safe, Healing & Cleansing Benefits

The ingredients used in this potpourri can build the brain and calm the nerves. When heated, the oils in the cinnamon sticks, cloves, bay leaves, and fruits release oil into the air that cleanses, brightens and freshens the air—not to mention creates the most amazing AND safe smell that will permeate your home.

Here is a chart showing some of the health benefits of three of the ingredients used in the potpourri (share this information with your children):

Last, make this a fun teaching experience for your children. Here are some tips on how to teach your children and teens about scientific patterns. 

The Best Stovetop Potpourri for Holiday Gift-Giving

This easy stovetop potpourri recipe will safely freshen your home and make it smell amazing. And use it as part of your holiday gift-giving. It’s perfect for that small gift for your family and friends around the Thanksgiving table, or an additional special touch on a Christmas package; or a fun gift for your kids to give their school teachers. A family is all about creating memories and establishing traditions. This DIY stovetop potpourri can be both because it’s “Scent with Love…”

Have you ever made a potpourri? Any recipes you would like to share? Please comment in the section below.

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Sharlene Habermeyer is the author of “Good Music Brighter Children.” A blogger (Good Parenting Brighter Children) and educator; she has lectured all over the U.S.; holds a Master’s degree in Education and started a community orchestra in 1999. Visit: https://goodparentingbrighterchildren.com

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