Make your own DIY Simmering Scent (Potpourri) to give as a homemade gift for the holidays. 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.
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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. Here is a list of possible natural elements that can be used:
- Dried orange slices
- Cinnamon sticks
- Fresh pine
- Whole nutmeg
- Anise stars
- Fresh rosemary
- Fresh or dried cranberries
- Whole cloves
- Vanilla beans
- Bay leaves
- Fresh or dried apple slices
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.
Directions for simmering:
Place the scent mixture in a pan or tea kettle on the stove. Add enough water to cover the scent mixture. (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.
If you want to give your simmering scent as a gift, it can be packaged in canning jars or cellophane bags tied with a ribbon. For a lovely, custom touch to your packaging, add THIS TAG.
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.