Homemade Fall Stove Top Potpourri Recipe

5 Materials
20 Minutes

We have received emails this month asking about a homemade fall stove top potpourri recipe we recommend.

I have mentioned this a few times in newsletters, but have not done a post on it yet!

This DIY stove top potpourri recipe is perfect for autumn, thanksgiving, and the Christmas season.

You can have this going through the rest of the year because it is so festive! This is especially great for parties and having people over.


1 large orange, cut in half

2 apples, cut in half

2 tsp cloves

1 tbsp nutmeg

3 cinnamon sticks

2 tsp hazelnut or vanilla extract

1 cup apple cider

a few drops of fall essential oil (optional)


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  1. Add all ingredients to a pot except for the extract and essential oil if you are using it.
  2. Add enough water so all ingredients are covered.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  4. Once simmering on low, add in the extract, then a few drops of essential oil (optional).
  5. Stir ingredients around periodically to make sure everything stays covered with water.

We use homemade vanilla extract, but you can use anything you have on hand! Read more in the blog post link.

How Long Does This Homemade Potpourri Last?

The scent will last a long time. You can simmer it all day, turn off the heat, then put the pot in the refrigerator to use again the next day. Or you can add all the ingredients to a Tupperware or jar to store in the fridge. I have had success with using this for 2-3 uses in a row. Just make sure to store it in the fridge to keep ingredients fresh!

Suggested materials:

  • Apples   (store)
  • Oranges   (store)
  • Spices   (store)
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  • Butterfly Butterfly on Oct 30, 2019
    I love doing things like this in the fall and holiday time every year. I do have questions.Can I do this and then strain the liquid mixture for the aroma to use on dried orange peel, cinnamon sticks,dried nutmeg & pinecones in bowls throughout my house. Will the fragrance last just being exposed to air not heat? Would I still have to store the liquid in the fridge? Thanks for you help and also for all your simple, great &useful ideas. I just love them!