Christmas Potpourri in a Jar With Free Printable Tags

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This holiday season let the fragrance of Christmas fill the homes family and friends with this DIY Christmas potpourri in a jar. You won’t just be giving a gift; you’ll be giving the magic and warmth of the festive season. Oh, and I’m sharing a free printable gift tag for personalized gift giving too!

Christmas potpourri recipe for homemade holiday gift giving.

One of my favorite holiday traditions that I look forward to every year, is creating DIY Christmas gifts for family and friends.

It’s something I’ve done since the kids were little and something I still do to this day even though the kids are older (and don’t help me anymore). 

You can see what I gifted loved ones last year, here

One of my favorite gifts from Christmas’ past was stovetop potpourri, and so I wanted to create something similar this year. 

The great thing about this holiday potpourri recipe is that it can instantly be enjoyed by simply opening the jar. It doesn’t require the gift recipient to do anything else like adding to a pot of water.

Simple recipe for homemade potpourri for holiday gift giving.

This charming and aromatic great gift idea not only spreads the scent of the Christmas season, but the joy of the holidays, and your loved ones will cherish a homemade gift so much more than any you can buy in the store. 

Why You’ll Want to Make This Homemade Christmas Gift

I think what you’ll love the most about the process of crafting this aromatic present is that it allows you to infuse love and creativity into every jar. 

As you carefully select and layer the ingredients, from the fruit slices to warm and spicy cinnamon sticks; you’re capturing the essence of Christmas. 

The perfect handmade gift idea with natural ingredients and dried fruit.

Gifting this homemade potpourri is a way to envelop your friends and family in the cozy ambiance of the season, evoking memories of holidays past and making new ones together. 

It’s a gift that keeps on giving! Filling their homes with the heartwarming scent of Christmas and reminding them of your love throughout the season.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • EASY GIFT IDEA – Simple steps and basic ingredients make crafting this potpourri effortless, which means you won’t have to spend much time crafting a thoughtful gift.
  • CUSTOMIZABLE – Tailor the fragrance and natural ingredients to what your gift recipient’s love, allowing for a personalized and thoughtful gift that reflects their tastes.
  • BUDGET FRIENDLY – Crafting this potpourri jar is not only easy and customizable but budget friendly too. It’s the perfect DIY Christmas gift option that won’t break the bank.

How to Make Christmas Potpourri in a Jar

Christmas potpourri in a jar is a delightful blend of fragrances that will instantly make your home smell like a winter wonderland. 

By combining elements like dried fruit slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and pinecones you’ll capture the essence of the holiday season.

Easy DIY Christmas gift idea for the holidays with natural ingredients.
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Supplies for Homemade Potpourri

Note: Dried cranberries, bay leaves, dried eucalyptus, acorns, rosemary sprigs, and dried florals are some other examples of natural items that can be used in a holiday potpourri.

Essential Oil Blend for This Potpourri

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED

Christmas Potpourri Recipe

The amount of ingredients you’ll need for this recipe will depend on how much potpourri you want to make. The dried ingredients do not need to be measured, you just throw in a little bit of this and a little bit of that!

Natural ingredients for potpourri include star anise, cinnamon sticks, dried fruit, and more.

The essential oil blend will coat approximately 2 cups of potpourri.

Dry Orange & Apple Slices

Before you can assemble your potpourri, you’ll need to dry fresh oranges and apple slices. 

You can find the simple recipe on how to dry orange slices here and how to dry apple slices here

Drying fruit is incredibly easy, you can save a few bucks by doing it yourself (and they will make your house smell so much better than what you’ll find in the store).

Handy Tip: Prepare Ahead!

It’s a great idea to dry your orange and apple slices ahead of time. Storing them means you’re always ready to create Christmas potpourri, making the gifting process much quicker and more convenient.

Create the Essential Oil Blend

In a small mason jar, mix together the essential oils and swirl to combine.

Add Dry Potpourri Ingredients to a Large Bowl or Ziplock Baggie

Place all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl or a large ziplock baggie.

Christmas potpourri mix with dried oranges, apples, and whole spices.

Pour the essential oil blend over the dry ingredients and either stir with a spoon or seal the baggie and gently shake to cover the potpourri with the essential oil blend.

Package Christmas Potpourri

Place the potpourri into mason or glass decorative jars, I used these Weck canning jars, then seal each jar.

Make sure each jar has each of the dry potpourri ingredients. You may need to hand select and layer the ingredients into the jar, to ensure the jars are visually appealing.

Christmas Potpourri in a jar with printable gift tags for holiday gifts.

Add festive ribbon or twine around the lid, a cinnamon stick, a gift tag, and then secure with a bow for the perfect handmade gift.

Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags

To make your Christmas potpourri in a jar even more special, I’ve created a beautiful free printable tag that you can attach to your potpourri gifts. 

Download and print a free printable gift tag for Christmas potpourri.

Just download, print, and attach them to your jars using a hole punch and a piece of twine or ribbon.

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Download the Free Christmas Potpourri Printable Gift Tags

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Tips & Tricks for This Potpourri Recipe

  • Experiment with different essential oils to create unique fragrances tailored to your gift recipients favorite scents.
  • Seal jars tightly to preserve the freshness of the potpourri. Using airtight containers ensures long shelf life.
  • Repurpose old jars from your kitchen. This reduces waste and adds rustic charm to homemade gifts.
  • When placing ingredients in the jar, layer them strategically. For example, insert cinnamon sticks vertically to make them more visible, and tuck smaller elements like cloves between larger items.
  • If you’re storing the potpourri before gifting, give the jars a gentle shake every few days to redistribute the scents and keep the mix balanced.
  • Whenever possible, choose organic fruits and whole spices. They not only smell fresher but also ensure there are no added chemicals, enhancing the overall quality of your potpourri.
  • Consider placing this small gift in a basket filled with shredded paper, pinecones, or holiday ornaments. 
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Other Holiday Essential Oil Blend Ideas

Here are a few other essential oil blends that would be perfect for Christmas potpourri. Each blend will cover 2 cups of potpourri.

  • Winter Wonderland Blend
    • 10 drops Fir Needle essential oil
    • 8 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
    • 5 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil
    • 3 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • Spiced Citrus Blend
    • 10 drops Orange essential oil
    • 6 drops Clove Bud essential oil
    • 5 drops Ginger essential oil
    • 4 drops Cardamom essential oil
  • Festive Forest Blend
    • 12 drops Pine essential oil
    • 6 drops Cedarwood essential oil
    • 4 drops Juniper Berry essential oil
    • 2 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • Gingerbread Spice Blend
    • 10 drops Ginger essential oil
    • 8 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil
    • 5 drops Nutmeg essential oil
    • 3 drops Vanilla essential oil
  • Comforting Holiday Blend
    • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
    • 7 drops Bergamot essential oil
    • 5 drops Frankincense essential oil
    • 3 drops Sandalwood essential oil

Note: Remember, essential oils are strong, so it’s best to start with a few drops of each oil and adjust according to your preference. Feel free to experiment with these blends to create a custom aroma that captures the holiday spirit for your potpourri.

What to Do If Your Potpourri Fragrance Begins to Fade

If the scent of your potpourri begins to fade over time, don’t worry there’s an easy fix! 

Reviving the fragrance is as simple as adding a few drops of essential oil to the potpourri mix. Choose oils like cinnamon, orange, or clove to complement the existing scents. 

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To do this, sprinkle a few drops of the chosen essential oil directly onto the contents of the jar. Seal the jar and give it a gentle shake to distribute the oil evenly. Allow the potpourri to sit for a day or two, letting the essential oils infuse the mix with their fragrance. 

Your potpourri will be revitalized, filling your space once again with the warm and inviting scents of the holiday season. This simple step ensures that your thoughtful gift continues to bring joy long after it’s been made!

FAQs About Christmas Potpourri

The duration of the fragrance depends on various factors, including the type of essential oils used and the storage conditions. Typically, the scent can last for a few weeks to a couple of months. To prolong the fragrance, store the jar in a cool, dry place when not in use.

It’s advisable to use dried fruits as fresh fruits might introduce moisture into the potpourri, reducing its shelf life. Dried fruits also hold the scent better and prevent mold growth.

Yes, you can! Refresh the potpourri by adding essential oils and allowing it to infuse again. If some elements have deteriorated, you can replace them while retaining the rest of the mix for reuse.

Can this potpourri be made into a simmer pot?

Absolutely! In fact, it’s a fantastic way to get even more out of this potpourri. 

Take a handful of the dried ingredients from the jar and place them in a saucepan or slow cooker.

Add a couple of cups of water until the ingredients are just covered and then simmer on low heat.

As the simmering potpourri heats up, the wonderful festive aromas will fill your home, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. 

It’s a fantastic way to reuse your potpourri ingredients and enjoy their fragrances for an extended period, ensuring that the holiday spirit lingers in your home long after the jar is empty.

Simple recipe for homemade potpourri for holiday gift giving.

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Christmas Potpourri Recipe

Nothing says Merry Christmas more than this heartfelt Christmas gift idea that encompasses the joy of giving and the warmth of the holidays. This easy recipe is a festive combination of citrus, cinnamon, cloves, pine, and other fragrances to create the perfect festive ambiance in any home.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • Dried Apple Slices
  • Dried Orange Slices
  • Whole Cinnamon Sticks
  • Whole Cloves
  • Whole Star Anise
  • Small Pinecones
  • Dried Putka Pods

Essential Oils

  • 10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Nutmeg Essentail Oil
  • 6 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
  • 8 drops Clove Essential Oil
  • 6 drops Pine Tree Essential Oil
  • 6 drops Fir Needle Essential Oil

Instructions

  • Before you can assemble your potpourri, you'll need to dry fresh oranges and apple slices. You can find the simple recipe on how to dry orange slices here and how to dry apple slices here
  • In a small mason jar, mix together the essential oils and swirl to combine.
  • Place all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl or a large ziplock baggie.
  • Pour the essential oil blend over the dry ingredients and either stir with a spoon or seal the baggie and gently shake to cover the potpourri with the essential oil blend.
  • Place the potpourri into mason or glass decorative jars, I used these Weck canning jars, then seal each jar. Make sure each jar has each of the dry potpourri ingredients. You may need to hand select and layer the ingredients into the jar, to ensure the jars are visually appealing.
  • Add festive ribbon or twine around the lid, a cinnamon stick, a gift tag, and then secure with a bow for the perfect handmade gift.

Notes

  • Experiment with different essential oils to create unique fragrances tailored to your gift recipients favorite scents.
  • Seal jars tightly to preserve the freshness of the potpourri. Using airtight containers ensures long shelf life.
  • Repurpose old jars from your kitchen, this reduces waste and adds rustic charm to homemade gifts.
  • When placing ingredients in the jar, layer them strategically. For example, insert cinnamon sticks vertically to make them more visible, and tuck smaller elements like cloves between larger items. This ensures a visually appealing gift.
  • If you’re storing the potpourri before gifting, give the jars a gentle shake every few days to redistribute the scents and keep the mix balanced.
  • Whenever possible, choose organic fruits and whole spices. They not only smell fresher but also ensure there are no added chemicals, enhancing the overall quality of your potpourri.
  • Consider placing this small gift in a basket filled with shredded paper, pinecones, or holiday ornaments. 
Course: DIY
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, Potpourri
Servings: 2 cups

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