DIY Simmering Holiday Potpurri

By Nicole Irving, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief

Ahhhh…the scents of the season! Nothing is better than walking into a home filled to the brim with the fresh scents of the holiday season! Notes of cinnamon, lemon, pine, cranberries filling the air just scream Happy Holidays! What better way to fill your home with those sweet aromas than to create your own potpourri!


Crock pot or slow cooker

(please remember to keep this out of the reach of small children)


For all of them, we recommend placing all ingredients in your crockpot or slow cooker, cover with water, leaving 1-2 inches free at the top, place on low heat and let simmer with top off. Continue to brew for smell until you are done. Discard when finished.

Note: Feel free to adjust all ingredients to specific smell preferences! You can’t go wrong adding less or more of an ingredient!

Lemon Rosemary

3 lemons cut into slices

4 rosemary sprigs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 bay leaves


Candied Cranberry

1 bag fresh cranberries

2 cinnamon sticks

2 oranges, cut into slices

1 tablespoon fresh cloves

1 apple, cut into slices

1 lime, cut into slices


Perfect Pine

Pine cuttings

3 cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon vanilla


Apple Spice

3 cinnamon sticks

2 apples, cut into slices

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Citrus Clover

2 oranges, cut into slices

1 tangerine, cut into slices

3 cinnamon sticks

1 lemon, cut into slices

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 tablespoon whole cloves