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This is a fun homemade gift that anyone would love to receive. I think these would be great gifts for neighbors, co-workers, teachers, or hostess gifts. Who wouldn’t enjoy the sweet smell of christmas in their home?
Here are the ingredients you need per jar:
- 1 small orange
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 TBSP whole cloves
- 1/8 tsp of ground nutmeg
- 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1 wide mouth mason jar
- ribbon, mesh, or fabric
To assemble the Christmas Potpourri gifts, add the following ingredients into the mason jar: one whole orange, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, and rosemary.
Add the lid onto the jar and then dress it up with mesh or fabric and tie it off with ribbon. Attach tag with instructions.
When ready to use, simply slice orange, then add all the contents of the jar into a small saucepan. Add 3 cups of water and simmer uncovered on low heat. Check water level occasionally to make sure it does not get to low. Enjoy the sweet scents of Christmas in your home.
Click on the image above or head over here to print the Christmas Potpourri tag.
Donna DeGraaf says
What size mason jar do you use for this? Pint wide mouth?
I used pint size wide mouth jars and fresh mandarin oranges. I’m making for gifts and have a batch simmering and it smells amazing!!!
April James says
After this is assembled in the jar should it be refrigerated until ready to use and how long will it keep its freshness?
Someone gave this to me as a gift and the orange started to mold really fast. How do you avoid that? I want to mail this to friends.
Tricia NesSmith says
Is this a one time use kind of thing? Can it be stored in the fridge and reused?
I have never tried to reuse it, it’s always been a one-time thing for me, but I honestly don’t see why you couldn’t reuse it.
Kelly, I would just make sure you are getting as fresh of an orange as possible. It shouldn’t have a problem lasting a couple of weeks.
I received one as a gift, the sender put all ingredients into a mason jar and set everything inside a mini simmering crockpot, dressed all up with ribbons. It’s beautiful!
What a great idea. I am looking to change up what we do for Christmas gifts with the family.
Could you slice the oranges and dry them to prevent mold?
I don’t think they would have the same aroma once they are dried.