Have you ever made Stovetop Potpourri Christmas Gift Jars? They are fun to prepare and assemble. Is there a better gift than a Mason jar full of Christmas cheer? The whole house will smell like Yuletide when your friends and neighbors simmer their aromatic Christmas potpourri!
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Ingredients for Stovetop Potpourri Christmas Gift Jars
There are lots of recipes for stovetop potpourri available on the internet. I chose items that looked and smelled like Christmas, and also used what we already had in the pantry and in our yard. My husband gathered a huge bowl of acorns earlier this fall, and we had leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving. The magnolia leaves came from a wreath project that never got off the ground, and the jars were part of a craft we made last year in one of the classes I teach at church. Each item has a story regarding how it came to our household. The only things we had to buy were the cinnamon sticks, oranges, lemons, and limes. Your supplies can be adapted to any theme. The versatility of this project is what makes is so enjoyable and doable.
- Mason jars
- dried citrus fruits
- dried cranberries
- parchment paper
- greenery (pine, cedar, magnolia, eucalyptus, etc.)
- acorns (or pine cones, sweet gum balls)
- vinyl stickers for Christmas
- spices or oils- I used cinnamon, anise, bayleaf, and rosemary. Vanilla, nutmeg, mint, and a variety of other spices would work just as well.
- plain brown gift tags-These can be embellished in so many different ways.
Decorative Lid Supplies
- 6″ Christmas fabric squares
- thin ribbon in Christmas colors (The ribbon has to be small enough to fit through the hole in the gift tag).
- pinking shears
- lighter or matches to singe the ends of the ribbon to prevent unraveling
Drying the Fruit
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Cut the citrus fruit around 1/4 inches thick. Place the citrus slices and the cranberries in a single layer on a parchment-lined cookie sheets, and flip them over from time to time. It took about 5 hours to dry everything out. I turned the oven up to 250 degrees for the last 30 minutes.
Assembling the Christmas Potpourri Jars- the Best Part
At last, it was time for the exciting part! I had a great time making a time-lapsed video of the assembly for an Instagram reel. The video is at the beginning of this post- if you haven’t already watched it. My son’s girlfriend was helping me. Working with her was a hoot. My family kept walking by and video-bombing the potpourri finale. Each time we had to start over.
All the hard work is done. Just simmer your potpourri in a sauce pan filled with 4 to 6 cups of water. Add water as needed and fill your home with a wonderful, wintery, Christmas aroma for hours on end!
I hope you enjoyed How to Make Stovetop Potpourri Christmas Gift Jars!
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