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Easy Simmering Cranberry Potpourri Gift – great for giving!

I love making these simmering Christmas Potpourri gifts! They are festive for fall and for Christmas time giving. You can easily make a dozen of them at once, and they are perfect for giving to friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, you could even use for a lady’s craft night!

The recipe for these, even has wiggle room as far as your ingredients goes. Because we’re not baking a cake, but rather creating wonderful holiday scents to fill the house with!

Click above to watch the short How-to video!

You can use dried orange slices or dried apple slices in them. You can also use cinnamon applesauce ornaments for these as well. I don’t always have those cinnamon shapes made ahead (and sorry they’re not loaded yet, but maybe I’ll get to them in the future! There are tons of good recipes all over the internet and they are super easy.)

Something I love adding to my potpourri gifts is dried orange slices, if you want to know How- to dry orange slices easily overnight for these gifts & more, I have a quick 3 minute video, how I make mine!

Want the full post on dried oranges where I share how I use them for decorating around the holidays see Drying Oranges post here.

Okay Here’s the recipe & directions for Simmering Christmas Potpourri Gift jars or bags!

1/3 cup fresh cranberries
2 cinnamon sticks
2 pine or fir sprigs (about 3″ long)
1 dried orange slice – optional (or a dried apple slice, or a cinnamon applesauce shape.)
¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice (or cloves or apple-pie spice, again there’s wiggle room here for creativity)

Put all the above into each jar or bag. Tie on your tag. A free printable sheet of tags is included, just punch them out on white copy paper and use along with a larger punched out circle in red or green cardstock. Be sure to attach the instructions onto the back of your tag for your recipient, so they know how to use it!


  • Use inexpensive cinnamon sticks for these, because you’re not eating them, you’re simmering them. I found Costco had these for a good price, and to my surprise they were a better deal than the dollar store!
  • Great place to get some pine sprigs is from the back side of your living Christmas tree or outside.
  • If you don’t want to dehydrate your own orange slices you can find dried orange slices on Etsy pretty reasonably.

Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday gift making season! Invite some friends over or include your kiddos in making and giving these.

Everyone loves to fill their house with the scents of Christmas! ! !

Delightfully yours


Delightfully yours,

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