DIY Stovetop Potpourri Simmer Pot Gift Jar

This unusual Christmas potpourri smells festive and delicious. It makes a great gift and comes with free printable gift tags. Surprise your loved ones this holiday season and help them to have a Merry Christmas with a house that smells all Christmassy and festive. The fruit and spices in this Christmas stovetop potpourri recipe all combine wonderfully and it really does smell like Christmas.

A homemade potpourri gift featuring a set of jars filled with oranges, cinnamon sticks, and pine cones.

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All you need to make perfect potpourri for Christmas is a jar, some dried fruit and spices, and a free printable gift label for the jar. That way, you can give the gift of something cute, homemade and extra-special.

A festive glass jar filled with a fragrant mix of cinnamon sticks, oranges, and pine cones - perfect for creating a cozy atmosphere during the holiday season. A delightful gift idea, this Christmas

Why You’ll Love It

Easy:  Making your own Christmas potpourri isn’t difficult, since you just need to pack the ingredients into a Weck jar and affix a label.
A great gift: Mason jar gifts are becoming increasingly popular during the holidays and you might like to make several of these after thinking about which of your family members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues might enjoy this Christmas stovetop potpourri recipe.
Smells amazing: Everybody loves Christmassy aromas like cloves, orange, pine, and cinnamon, but rather than buy synthetic wax melts, candles or potpourri you can make your own with all-natural ingredients.

A potpourri gift of dried oranges and pine needles arranged beautifully on a wooden cutting board.
A simmer pot filled with orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and sprigs of spruce, making it the perfect Christmas potpourri gift.

Ingredients for Mason Jar Potpourri

You will need Weck jars (here) or other mason jar along with whole cloves (here), dried orange slices (here), star anise (here), cinnamon sticks, a cutting of pine if you can find it, and the free printable gift tag along with some cotton twine to tie it to the jar.

A set of ingredients including cinnamon sticks, oranges, and cloves for homemade potpourri.

How to Make Christmas Simmering Potpourri

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Add the ingredients to the jar:  Add the ingredients to the jar, either tossing gently together first or arranged in layers, whichever you prefer.
Add the free printable gift tag: Print out the free printable gift tag, punch a hole near the top and use twine to tie it to the Weck jar or mason jar. Wrapping it around the jar several times looks prettier than if you just wrap it once.

Three jars with oranges and pine cones on a wooden cutting board, perfect for creating homemade potpourri or holiday simmer pot.

Free Printable Simmer Pot Potpourri Jar Tag

Jar filled with potpourri simmer pot ingredients with a free printable tag.

Substitutions and Variations

Leave out any of the ingredients you either can’t find or don’t like. You might not be able to source fresh pine tree branches easily. It depends on where you live of course. Add other ingredients too if you wish, such as dried or fresh cranberries.

Two jars of homemade potpourri with cinnamon sticks and oranges on a wooden cutting board.

How to Use Stovetop Potpourri

When you’re ready to use it, simply follow the instructions on the free printable gift tag. Pour the potpourri into a saucepan suitable for a simmer pot, then fill the jar with water and add that. Fill it again with water and add that.

A festive homemade potpourri gift featuring dried oranges and pine cones.

Once the mixture reaches a boil, turn the heat right down until it’s at a slow simmer. Your kitchen and soon the whole house will smell incredible thanks to the DIY Christmas stovetop potpourri ingredients.

A Christmas potpourri, consisting of dried oranges and pine needles, displayed in a glass jar.

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri FAQs

What is a Weck jar?

Weck jars are similar to mason jars but they’re shorter and made from thick glass. They are also wider at the bottom (which is why they’re also known as tulip jars) unlike mason jars which are straight-sided. You can use Weck jars (here, and here) or mason jars (here) for this Christmas potpourri.

What are some other ways to personalize this Christmas stovetop potpourri?

You might like to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract or peppermint extract to the potpourri while it’s on the stove. You can also sub pine essential oil if you don’t have a pine tree nearby or a florist with this in stock. You might like to add a sprig of fresh rosemary to your holiday potpourri just for a splash of color.

Christmas Potpourri Recipe

Two jars of Christmas potpourri with cinnamon sticks and oranges simmering inside.

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri

Course: DIY
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
Elevate your holiday season with this festive Christmas stovetop potpourri. It makes the perfect gift with free printable tags included!


Materials for one jar:


  • Add all of your ingredients into the Weck jar.
  • Print the jar label. Print on cardstock for a more sturdy label.
  • Cut the label out, and punch a hole in the top of the label.
  • Tie the label onto the jar using cotton twine. The twine looks best if you wrap it around the jar 3 to 4 times before adding the label.


  • If you can’t print the label on cardstock, print it on regular paper, then glue it onto colored cardstock. Once you cut the label out, this will make it thicker and add a fun color to the back of the label.   
  • Add one tsp of vanilla extract to your potpourri while simmering to add even more depth to the smell.  
  • If you do not have a pine tree nearby, you can substitute pine essential oil, or leave it out entirely. 
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

This festive favorite is well worth making. You only need a few ingredients to make this simmer pot diy gift and it boasts so much homemade charm and is incredible easy to put together. As long as you have some jars, a printer and the ingredients you can make it quickly and easily and gift it to your loved ones this Christmas. It will smell amazing in the sauce pan and the fragrance will linger in the house and make it smell like Christmas.

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