Make your own DIY Simmering Scent (Potpourri) to give as a homemade gift for the holidays. Such an easy and budget friendly Christmas gift idea!
Everyone has their own way of celebrating the holidays…especially Christmas. However, there are a few things that are universal, and that families all over the world incorporate into their own traditions. A Christmas tree, pine boughs, Christmas music, baked goods, and candy. In addition to the sights and sounds of Christmas, there are also smells. That’s where this DIY Simmering Scent (or Potpourri) comes in. What if you could package up those smells and give them away as a wonderful, made-from-the-heart gift? Well…you can.
Making your own DIY simmering scent (or potpourri) is not only easy, it’s a budget-friendly and fun project. It’s an all-natural way to make your home smell good without candles, sprays, or other chemicals. Combine your favorite natural elements, add water, simmer on the stove, and breathe in the lovely smell of Christmas.
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Scented Natural Elements
How To Make
Combine any of the elements listed above for your very own personal simmering scent. For one “serving,” measure enough scent mixture to fill one to two cups. Note: if you are making the potpourri for yourself, and plan to use it immediately, fresh citrus, cranberries, and apples work beautifully. If you plan to package it, it’s best to use dried fruit.
Directions For Simmering
- Place the scent mixture in a pan or tea kettle on the stove.
- Cover the mixture with water. (Some items will float. That’s what you want.)
- Heat on medium until it begins to slightly boil, and then turn the burner as low as it can go.
- Let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Keep an eye on it, and if the water begins to evaporate, just add more.
- Make sure the water never evaporates completely.
- READER TIP: a mini crockpot is a great substitute for a saucepan on the stove!
If you want to give your simmering scent as a gift, it can be packaged in mason jars, cellophane bags tied with ribbon, or kraft coffee bags. For a lovely, custom touch to add to your packaging, tie on a tag with festive red and white twine. Get the printable tag featured in this post by filling out the form at the end of the post. I recommend that you print the tags on good quality white cardstock.
New Tags for 2023
New this year are redesigned gift tags that include the directions for simmering. Just fill out the form at the end of the post to get an easy-to-download PDF that contains both tag designs.
This project is not only a gift to give away, it’s a gift for yourself. Sometimes all it takes is a very small thing to trigger a wonderful memory. By using simmering holiday scents in your home during the Christmas season, you can begin a family tradition that will last for years. Someday, perhaps one of your children or grandchildren will smell cinnamon or citrus, and be instantly transported back to your home during the holidays. What a perfectly lovely thought.
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