These DIY Cranberry Orange Stove Top Potpourri Gift Jars are the perfect gift to give! If you’re looking for a homemade holiday gift that is natural, will look gorgeous, and smell amazing, this Christmas potpourri in a jar is it!
We love this cranberry potpourri
I absolutely love mason jar crafts, so it was a no-brainer that I try something as a gift idea for the holidays! I love the stovetop potpourri trend that is happening all over the web now, so a fragrant holiday batch of cranberry, orange, and cinnamon potpourri was in order!
These stovetop cranberry potpourri gift jars are the perfect smell good gift. Using all-natural ingredients, you can fill and decorate these cute jars and hand them out to friends, teachers, or bring one to a holiday party. Gift recipients will simply simmer the contents in the jar on the stovetop and their home will be smelling like orange-cinnamony goodness in no time!
Holiday Cranberry Orange Stove Top Potpourri Gift Jars
You will need:
- 1 – 16 oz. standard sized mason jar with lid
- 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
- 2 springs of fresh rosemary
- 2 slices of an orange
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- a dash of nutmeg
- ribbon or twine
- gift tag
How to make Christmas potpourri in a jar
Rinse your mason jar and dry it out with a paper towel, make it look nice and shiny! Tap in a couple of shakes of nutmeg at the bottom of the jar, followed by half of the cranberries.
Next, layer an orange slice, a sprig of rosemary, and a cinnamon stick into the jar. Repeat this step one more time, until you’ve used all of those ingredients to make the stovetop scents.
Take the remaining cranberries and fill to the top of the jar. Grab your lid and separate the inside from the outer rim. Measure a square piece of burlap to fit the lid, cut, and place in between the two pieces. Press firmly to secure.
SLOWLY fill your jar with water until it reaches the top. Carefully twist on the burlap covered lid, this step is a little tricky! It will be a tight fit, it took me a couple of tries to make sure the lid was on correctly.
Grab your favorite ribbon or twine, and a gift tag and adorn the jar. I chose red and brown twine from IKEA and made a gift tag for this holiday stovetop air freshener with the instructions on the back. You can make your own, or print mine below (print as a 3 x 5 and fold backward, glue together and cut out):
How to use the cranberry orange stovetop potpourri
Pour the contents of the jar into a saucepan or small pot. Simmer over low heat and you should smell the aroma of holiday stovetop scents fill the air! The pot should never be dry, add water as necessary. Make these a day or two ahead of time, any longer than that will ruin the contents of the jar.
If you need to, make this version far in advance:
Follow all directions above, except we’ll keep it dry. Do not slice the orange, place a small one in there, whole, and do not add water. You’ll instruct them to slice the orange themselves and add their own water.
Make this Christmas stovetop potpourri in a jar at home!
I love these cute little homemade holiday gifts, I will be making these homemade cranberry potpourri gifts each year for teachers and friends. I made extra for myself, and my home smells AMAZING right now! These cranberry orange stovetop potpourri gift jars also serve as great holiday decorations. Our DIY holiday bath salts recipe also makes a wonderful mason jar gift! Enjoy the scent of Christmas potpourri in a jar!
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How quickly do these need to be used before they go bad (version with water in jar)?
I’d say maybe about a day? I personally haven’t tested it longer than that, I would not want the stuff inside to get soggy.
After making these, you can store them in the refrigerator until you gift them. Also, tell those your gifting to, to place them in the refrigerator until they are ready to use!
Great idea, thanks!
Can you use freeze dried cranberries to make it last longer?
Do you sell the Christmas potourri in a jar?
I’m sorry, I don’t sell anything
how far in advance can you make this in the water version ?
I’d say try to make it the day of. I have not tried to make them earlier than that, ingredients can get soggy. Put everything together aside from the oranges and the water, and add those at the last minute! Hope it turns out great!
This is Awsome! very festive and colorful. I really like it. Can I try other fruits? how about a bigger container?
DIY Holiday Cranberry Orange Stove Top Potpourri Gift Jars look so pretty and a great gift to give for the Holidays. I like how easy they are to make, and the scent sounds amazing. Thanks for the recipe.
Thanks! They smell amazing!