Homemade Gifts: Simmering Potpourri

I really like to give out gifts at the holidays to just about everyone I know. My family and friends, co-workers, and all of those people who have helped us throughout the year. You know, the mailman, babysitters, teachers, hair stylists etc. Our list typically ends up being a minimum of 50 gifts, and though we often buy other gifts, or give cash tips, I just think it is nice to also give a small handmade gift as a “thank you” during this special time of year. So what can you make in a reasonable amount of time that won’t break the bank? Well, I haven’t decided on this year’s gift, but a few years ago I made simmering potpourri.

Simmering Potpourri


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I’ve posted about this gift as one of three quick and easy homemade gifts, but haven’t written a specific post about it. So today I thought I’d give you a few more details about this easy, affordable homemade gift for the holidays. Of course this would also be a nice hostess gift any time of year.



Bay Leaves
Cinnamon Sticks
Whole Cloves
Whole Allspice
Dried Orange Slices
Cellophane Bags
Weck Canning Jars

Other Options:
Dried Cranberries
Star Anise
Dried Lemon Slices
Other Dried Citrus Peels
Dried Rosemary

Many of these items can be found locally, however, I have included online links for your convenience.

To dry your own orange slices, refer to the post:  Dried Orange Garland.

Put together a great homemade gift of simmering potpourri to give to your family and friends at the holidays. Makes a great hostess gift too.

My gifts were  place in a bag as shown above with a tag that reads:

“Place some or all of the ingredients in a pot of water and heat on low, adding more water as needed.”

You can find a sheet of tags ready to print here.


Maybe you don’t have as many to make. In this case you could give a larger amount of the ingredients, and place them in mason jars, or these pretty Weck Canning Jars, which are fun and unique gifts themselves.


This simmering potpourri project can be put together in no time. It’s a pretty gift that you can give to all of the special people on your list without breaking the budget. Keep tuned for my Christmas handmade gift for this year. 

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Put together a great homemade gift of simmering potpourri to give to your family and friends at the holidays. Makes a great hostess gift too.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. I love this idea and the example in the jar would be my favorite. Great gift idea and I’m all about a handmade Christmas. I think I may make this for myself – been looking to add good fresh scents to the home without the expense of candles.

    • Hi Carole,
      I know, aren’t those Weck jars nice? I’m sure you know that you can use some of your fresh herbs in a pot and simmer them in water for a quick burst of freshness. Rosemary is a good go to and I know you have that. Actually if you don’t have many to make there are a lot of more options but I’m always looking for something that I can many a lot of for all my little helpers.
      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

      • Those jars are awesome! I love jars!!!
        I do simmer herbs on the stove but always forget to add things like cinnamon sticks so while I’m in town today I’ll have to get some and some cloves too. It’s going to be a great week – I’ve changed up my posting schedule and I think this is going to be a good thing. Have a good one!

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  3. Some of us give homemade gifts at Christmas at work. I was thinking to try to make candles this year. It’s something I’ve never done. This is pretty. You are welcome to come share it at Family Joy Blog Linkup http://pursueyourproject.com/family-joy-blog-link-39/

  4. Love this idea! I’m looking for gift ideas, preferably homemade, that are easy to send through the mail. This is perfect, it’ll make a lovely package!

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  6. Dorothy McLeod says:

    I have a question about your label for the potpourri….I couldn’t find it in your printables. Do you have one or did you use the christmas ones? I love the mixture and would like to make it for gifts. Dorothy

    • Hi Dorothy,

      I made the original tags some time ago, but since you asked I added a basic sheet of tags in pdf format for you to use.
      Just go back to the post and you can click on the link near the bottom. So glad you are going to make some for gifts.
      Have a great week,

  7. Great idea and this would be welcomed by just about everybody! But, I might have to drop some in some apple cider!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!


  8. I bet this smells amazing. Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared.

  9. Karen Gooch says:

    I can’t wait to try this one!

  10. Please advise approximate quantities of ingredients for your Simmering Potpourri in gift bags and/or jars.
    Bay leaves, Cinnamon sticks, Cloves, Allspice, Dried Orange Slices, etc.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Deb,
      When I made the bags I did not use specific measurements. I believe I used 2-3 oranges, 2 cinnamon stick, then a small handful of cloves, allspice and bay leaves.
      Hope that helps!

  11. Hi…where can you purchase the supplies?


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