This Fall Stovetop Potpourri is perfect for your indoor, Autumn atmosphere!
If you love to have a home that smells like fall without spraying chemicals or burning candles, then stovetop potpourri is the perfect DIY for you and your home!
Using a few natural ingredients you have on hand gives you something that smells wonderful while not being overpowering or chemically offensive to those who are sensitive.
This fall stovetop potpourri also makes for a beautiful hostess gift this fall season. Put the jar in a small basket with a dishtowel and a pot holder and bring it to Thanksgiving Dinner to impress the hostess. And if you’re the hostess this year, treat yourself to these quintessential fall scents!
What Is Potpourri
Potpourri is most often a mixture of dried plant leaves that are aromatic. You can either set the dried leaves in a bowl and leave them out on a counter or table to impart their aromas in your home, or you can boil them in water for a more intense smell. That being said, stovetop potpourris can also have fresh ingredients which are boiled on the stove and cannot simply be set out on a counter.
How Do You Make Potpourri?
If using dried leaves, all you have to do is mix them together and set them in a bowl somewhere in your house. If you are using fresh ingredients for a stovetop potpourri, you would simply combine your ingredients in water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer until the water nearly cooks out of the pot. You can add more water during the course of the day if you like. Never leave a stovetop potpourri unattended on the stove.
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FALL STOVETOP POTPOURRI RECIPE
Fall Stovetop Potpourri
- 1 quart wide-mouth mason jar
- 1 medium whole orange
- 1 medium whole apple
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 2-3 whole cinnamon sticks
- Cut the apple and orange into ¼” slices.
- Add apple and orange slices to your wide mouth jar, arrange them around the outside to create a pretty display.
- Add in cinnamon sticks, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla. If you like a stronger scent you might add a Tablespoon or so of clove to add a bit of spice.
- Finally, top the jar with water up to the shoulder.
- Place the jar in the fridge until ready to use, it should be good for 3-5 days refrigerated.
- Pour contents of jar into a pot and simmer over low.
- Once I begin a batch in a pot I turn it on for an hour or so, I can reuse it and get a good scent for about 2-3 days depending on how long it is simmered each time. Cover with a lid when not in use.
- If you will be gifting your stovetop potpourri add a pretty bow and a handmade tag.