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Homemade Potpourri Gift

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!

homemade potpourri recipe, perfect for holiday gifts

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

easy potpourri recipe for fall and winter

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

how to make homemade potpourri

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.

easy potpourri recipe the perfect hostess gift idea

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potpourri ingredients for thanksgiving

Homemade Potpourri Gift

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 2 hours Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins


  • cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • star anise
  • oranges
  • apples


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!

TIP: 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.


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61 comments on “Homemade Potpourri Gift”

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

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

    • 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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  8. 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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    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

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  18. great idea. could you dry the fruit slices in a dehydrator rather than the oven?

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  21. Preheat oven to 250 Degrees: is that F or C?

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  24. Hi,

    What is the font you used for your labels.



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  29. Hi Julie,
    I tried baking the oranges and apples for the potpourri. The oranges were fine but the apples didnot turn out right.
    They loose sugar and thinner the slices they get stuck to the sheet and didnot even come off.
    Please help as I am suppose to make 50 of these for a friends party.

  30. How much of each ingredient did you use for a single jar of potpourri? I am making these for Christmas but don’t want the spices to be to overpowering.

  31. What size weck jars do you use?

    • You can use any size, unfortunately Arck jars aren’t labeled with size so I’m not sure, but I purchase them at Crate and Barrel and Williams Sonoma.

  32. I love the simplicity and wonderfulness of this! I am making them for my coworkers (as long as baby doesnt come too early!). Do you have a recommendation for a type of apple?

  33. Hi Julie

    I have a rather hot oven, I’m scared I might burn it. You cook them for 2hrs and then take them out?
    Will an sort of apples do?

  34. Do you have a ration of each ingredient or how much of each you typically use? This potpourri will be part of my Christmas basket I am working on. Thanks, Ann

  35. How long will they last? That is to say how long will they smell for?

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  39. Is this potpourri intended to be hydrated and simmered, or just left in the jar? Thanks for the lovely and natural idea!

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