Homemade Potpourri Gift

homemade potpourri recipe

I love gift giving just before Thanksgiving – before the hustle of the holidays, when it’s a little unexpected. I consider it a little “thankful for” gift. This homemade potpourri can be enjoyed on the holiday itself simmering on a stove top or all winter long in a dish. It’s a perfect project for a cold afternoon at home and will fill your home with fragrance!

A great potpourri begins with great grocery store ingredients. There are no right or wrong ingredients, it’s all a matter of taste, however, I love this combination of fruits & spices for Fall & Winter. They are both fragrant and beautiful, which makes them perfect for gift giving.

ingredients for homemade potpourri

homemade gift - potpourri

Cinnamon, cloves, star anise, oranges and apples – are you ready?

homemade dry potpourri recipe

Start by slicing apples and oranges thin. The thinner they are, the faster they will dry. Bake them in the oven until dry at 250 degrees by placing them on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Apples will continue to crisp once they’re removed from the oven. Toss with your spices and allow them to marinate together for a day before gifting. I like to store & gift mine in classic weck jars.

homemade potpourri recipe

Potpourri can be placed in a dish for up to a few months or boil 2 cups water, add potpourri and reduce to a simmer for one-time use. Get a little extra life out of your dried potpourri by using the stovetop method before disposing of it.

homemade potpourri recipe

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Homemade Potpourri Gift
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  • cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • star anise
  • oranges
  • apples
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Slice apples and oranges thin, really thin. Place in a single layer on cookie sheets and bake for an hour and a half, check every half hour thereafter. Once dry, mix with your spices. Jar and allow to "marinate" for a day before gifting.
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Easy homemade potpourri - make your home smell like fall!

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  • Reply November 25, 2013


    This is such a wonderful gift idea! I love it!

  • Reply November 26, 2013


    Hi there! How long did you leave it in the oven for your batch? Lovely recipe! Gonna try it now! x

    • Reply November 27, 2013


      I pulled some off the cookie sheets earlie than others, but it was all done within 3 hours. Thanks Charmaine! Enjoy and be sure to check out my other easy DIY gifts! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Reply December 19, 2013

    diane {a spot of whimsy}

    Hi Julie! Thanks for the great recipe.

    I have a rather random question – would you tell me what font you used for the “homemade” and “winter spice” labeling on this post? I’m looking for the right font for my wedding invitations, and that might be it.

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  • Reply July 21, 2014



    Hey, I am from the caribbean and I am getting married. I want to use this homemade potpourri in my invitations but would prefer to use caribbean fruits. can you please suggest aromatic caribbean fruits I can use to substitute the apple and orange but will still blend well with the spices you used.

    Thanking you in advance

    • Reply July 21, 2014


      I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with Caribbean fruits. Best wishes to you!

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