Give a unique and homemade Christmas Gift by making DIY Christmas Potpourri with the wonderful scents of cranberries, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, & rosemary.
Hello friends! I’m back with another Christmas Tutorial, and this one even smells good! I’ve joined some lovely ladies today to share some DIY Gift Ideas for the holidays, and I’m sharing how to make Christmas Potpourri. If I’m being totally honest I’ve always been pretty careful about ingredients and the type of food we eat. I’m not perfect at ALL, but I’ve always tried my best. But ever since my sister opened a clean beauty bar I’ve been made more away of all the hidden ingredients in products and one of the biggest places companies hide things is in “fragrances”. So today I’m sharing how to make Christmas Potpourri with fruit, seasonings, and herbs.
How to Dehydrate Oranges in the Oven
This is a pretty simple process, though drying the fruit does take some time. Make sure and give yourself a day for that. The process is super easy, it’s just slow going to dehydrate the fruit in the oven.
To begin the dehydrating process, I would start with the citrus, I found it took longer than the cranberries and herbs. I sliced mine pretty thick mainly because I didn’t want them to burn and be pretty for pictures, but you could go a little thinner than I did and it would shave off some time.
Once the oranges were sliced I placed them on parchment paper and put them in the oven at 200 degrees for at least 8 hours. Like I said the time will vary depending on how thick you slice them, but just keep an eye out and you’ll see them start to dry out. I found mine to be done right when they started getting a brownish color to them.
How to Dehydrate Cranberries in the Oven
The dehydrate the cranberries first I put them in a metal bowl and poured boiling water over them. This allows them to “pop”. If you’ve ever made homemade cranberry sauce you know the sound! I let them sit in the water for about 10 minutes and then drained them. Get them as dry as you can without squishing them and then place them on parchment paper as well. (If any cranberries didn’t pop in the hot water, just make a little slit in them with a knife to allow the moisture to evaporate in the oven).
Then I put those in at 200 degrees for a few hours then turned the oven off and let them sit over night. I did end up turning them back on the next morning because they weren’t completely dried out yet. You just have to keep an eye out until they are dry, but you are dehydrating these at such a low temperature you shouldn’t have to stress too much.
How to Dry Herbs in the Oven
The herbs are the easiest. Just place them on parchment paper, but them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 30 minutes and you should be good to go. You’ll just want to make sure they are in fact dry.
In addition to the fruit and herbs, I also used some seasonings like cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and vanilla bean.
How to Make Homemade Stovetop Potpourri
Once you have everything dried and ready to use you just simple assemble your potpourri by placing all the ingredients into a jar.
Once everything is assembled place the lid on the jar, and you could even tie one of my free gift tag printables around the jar. These make perfect teachers gifts!
Handmade Christmas Gift Idea – Homemade Christmas Potpourri
You can simple write the instructions found in the recipe below onto your gift tag so whomever receives your beautiful gift can enjoy the Christmas potpourri this holiday season!
This is such a fun gift to give to neighbors, friends, teachers, co workers as it really helps provide a beautifully cozy atmosphere in the home! I hope you enjoy and even keep one for yourself!
How to Make Homemade Christmas Potpourri
Give a unique and beautiful homemade Christmas Gift this year by making DIY Christmas Potpourri with the wonderful scents of cranberries, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, and rosemary.
- Dried Orange Slices
- Dried Cranberries
- Dried Rosemary
- Whole Cloves
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Vanilla Bean
Combine Ingredients into glass jar: About 3 dried orange slices, a handful of dried cranberries, 1 sprig of dried rosemary, a scoop of whole cloves, 3-4 cinnamon sticks, and a 2″ piece of vanilla bean.
Attach a gift tag and give as a gift with the following instructions: Pour contents of jar into a small saucepan, cover with water and simmer. Add more water as necessary. Enjoy the beautiful Christmas scent!
The exact measurements of the items do not really matter. If you prefer a heavier citrus smell, add more oranges. If you want more cinnamon and cloves, add a few extra scoops. You really can’t go wrong with this recipe!
- Prep Time: 8-12 hours
Keywords: potpourri, dried fruit
Welcome to the second week of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Series! Today a group of my blogging friends and I are sharing our DIY Gift Ideas to help inspire you for the upcoming holiday season. Click on the links below each image to be taken directly to the different posts.
Free Printable Coffee Gift Card Holder at The Happy Housie
White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods at She Gave it a Go
Chunky Hand Knit Hat and Mittens at The DIY Mommy
How to Wrap Baked Goods for Gifts 2 Ways at Modern Glam
Cinnamon Sugar Scrub at A Pretty Life
2020 Free Printable Calendar at Clean & Scentsible
Homemade Vanilla Hostess Gift at My 100 Year Old Home
Coal Rice Krispie Cookies at Life is a Party
Homemade Christmas Potpourri at Cherished Bliss
DIY Wood Burned Spoons at Cassie Bustamante
Mini Bread Loaves for Gifting at My Sweet Savannah
Peppermint Sugar Scrub at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
DIY Wood Slice Holiday Wreath at Jenna Kate at Home
Easy Christmas Snack Mix at This is Our Bliss
DIY Deconstructed Stamped Books at Lolly Jane
Petite Christmas Bouquet at Craftberry Bush
DIY Bath Bomb Ornaments at The Turquoise Home
Gold Detailed Candle Votive at Zevy Joy
DIY Ornament Gift at Summer Adams
DIY Christmas Centrepiece at Place of My Taste