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Christmas Potpourri in a Jar is like bottling up the scent of the holidays. With fresh cranberries, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg, these DIY Christmas gifts is a simple stovetop potpourri that everyone will love.

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Looking for unique and beautiful DIY Christmas gifts? Grab the free printable below and get all the details to make a few of these Christmas Potpourri in a Jar Homemade Christmas gifts for family, friends, neighbors and teachers!

I’m really excited about this Christmas Potpourri, because it’s a great non-food gift that I can give to my kids’ teachers (I mean, they get tons of candy and cookies already!) and I LOVE how the free printable tag turned out!

I love to fill my home with amazing scents during the holidays, and there’s no better combination than citrus and cranberry mixed with cinnamon and spices. This is a simple recipe that you can simmer on your stovetop or in a crockpot to help fill your home with these delicious scents of the holidays. All of these ingredients are combined in a small pot on the stove and simmered for hours.

This Christmas Potpourri in a Jar comes with a free printable and is crazy easy to put together. It looks stunning, and it’s not just another food gift.

Potpourri Ingredients

These are the ingredients you’ll wrap up for your gifts. You can also just simply drop all of this in a pot of water and simmer it for yourself!

  1. ½ cup fresh cranberries – make sure they are really fresh. You’ll start seeing these in the produce department around early November, maybe even late October.
  2. 1 small orange – The size you purchase will determine what type of vessel you can use to assemble the gifts. Larger oranges won’t fit through the mouth of the jar, and you don’t want to slice the oranges. Clementines are great for smaller jars.
  3. 4 cinnamon sticks – These seem to come in varying lengths, but are usually about 3-inches long. You can always find a large bottle of these at Costco.
  4. Whole cloves or allspice (or both) – I’ve used both with fantastic results. But you can choose to use just one of whichever is your preference.
  5. Ground nutmeg

How to Make These DIY Christmas Gifts

For the assembly, you’ll also need:

  • Wide-Mouth, Quart Jars or cellophane gift bags – The jars are obviously more expensive, but they do have the biggest impact. As you can see in the images, I fit a small navel orange inside.
  • Kraft paper or wrapping paper – Kraft paper is stronger, wrapper paper tends to rip, so choose wisely.
  • Ribbon or twine – I like the rustic look of twine, but use whatever you have on hand.
  • Scissors
  • a Printer – if you don’t have a home printer, you can have these printed at your local office supply store for a few dollars.
  • Paper/Cardstock – I tend to prefer cardstock because it holds up better. But it’s your call.

Bag Instructions: Place the ingredients inside the jar or cellophane bag and tie a ribbon around the top, attaching the tag with the ribbon.

Jar instructions: Top the lid of the jar with brown kraft paper, wrapping paper or any other paper you like, secure with the jar lid band, then tie on the free printable gift tag with a ribbon or twine. The gift tag doubles as the instructions!

DIY Christmas Gift for Neighbors | Christmas Potpourri in a Jar with Free Printable Gift Tag

A Few Things to Note

  • You want to make sure that the vessel you choose is large enough for the oranges. If you plan to use small navel oranges, or maybe fresh oranges from your backyard tree, I suggest using cellophane gift bags that would be able to accommodate the larger pieces of fruit. There’s nothing worse than having to jam that orange through the mouth of a jar and the recipient not being able to get it out!
  • If you opt for mason jars, be sure to use the wide mouth mason jars ones, for the same reason as above.
  • You’ll note that on the recipe card it says “cloves” but in the image I used allspice. While these two spices do have different scents, they each blend nicely and one can be swapped out for the other based on what you have available. Or you can use both.
  • For the spices, it’s easiest if you place them in a small bag so they don’t just fall to the bottom. I simply cut the corner of a ziploc bag, poured the spices into that corner piece, then tied it with a small piece of twine. (See the video for the visual). You could also just pour them into the bottom of jar if you like.
  • I recommend printing on cardstock for the best results.
  • Be sure to make one of these cute Christmas gifts for yourself – trust me, these smell amazing and you’ll be glad you did. This recipe works beautifully in the slow cooker, too!

Make Ahead Instructions

You can make these jar gifts about a week in advance.

Assembled jars should be refrigerated and gifted within a week to maintain freshness of ingredients. 

Simmering Stovetop Christmas Potpourri with Cranberries, oranges, cinnamon and spices

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Christmas Potpourri

5 from 9 votes
Make a unique and beautiful DIY Christmas gift! Christmas Potpourri Jars are pretty and practical gifts for friends, teachers and neighbors.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 jar


  • Quart Size Ball Jars


  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 small orange clementines work great
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves or allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
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  • Slice the orange Into thick slices or quarters. Place all of the Ingredients In a 3-quart (or larger) pot on the stove. Pour in enough water to cover the Ingredients by at least an inch.
  • Simmer on low heat, uncovered, checking periodically and adding more water If needed.
  • Slow Cooker: Add Ingredients to the pot and cover with water. Set to low and leave uncovered.


You can simmer this all day If you like, or until the scent dissipates.
Assembled jars should be refrigerated and gifted within a week to maintain freshness of ingredients. 
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Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Cindy says:

    I’ve looked everywhere to find this printable Christmas Potpourri tag and can’t find it either… HELP PLEASE!!!😩

  2. Jen A says:

    Looking to check out the recipe

  3. Tiffany Andersen says:

    🫢 I can seem to find the link to the printable gift tag for the potpourri…help?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Scroll to the bottom of the post and click the blue button. Or use the table links to jump to the section.

  4. Patty Franklin says:

    Not finding the Printable Ingredients?? Is it not there or??

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Yes it’s all there in the post.

  5. Amy says:

    Hi. I want to make these and I’ve seen many recipes with fresh cranberries and some with dried. Wouldn’t the fresh start to break apart faster in the simmered water? Also the fresh ones are more red and larger making a prettier presentation. Just trying to figure out which ones to use. Thanks.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Definitely use fresh. They will simmer great for at least a couple of hours. The dried won’t have the same smells.

  6. Eileen A says:

    I thought this was a great gift idea, so I bought the ingredients and put the spices in tied-off twists of glad wrap. Decided to try it today in my small crockpot, which is simmering now. Unfortunately, your recipe did not specify WHOLE cloves, so I used 1 tbsp ground cloves, which overpowers the potpourri. I only realized whole cloves were a must from reading the reviews, so I googled how much ground equals 1 tbsp whole cloves. 3/4 TEASPOON! So I added a couple more cups of water, and made adjustments to the card instructions I had handwritten. When this cools, I will add a lot more water plus another clementine. Please clarify the recipe re: spices, so others don’t make the same mistake.

  7. Lauren says:

    Hi there – Any thoughts on adding rosemary or something green to the jar/mix?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      I think rosemary would be a lovely addition.

  8. Shannon says:

    I have used this in the past and saved it to print and give to our neighbors for the holiday’s = However, I cannot seem to locate the printable … can someone help with that?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Shannon, I updated the link so it stands out a little better. Look for the black button at the end of the post that says “Click to download.”

  9. Allison says:

    I am looking to make this for Christmas this year for a bunch of people. Do you actually prepare before gifting it or do you put all the ingredients in the jar for them to make themselves?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Put all the ingredients in a jar and gift the jar with the printable note.

  10. Beverly says:

    I found your christmas potpourri and would love to make it with my granddaughter as gifts this year. I wanted to know if you have a way to print the tag you show? I went on your site but could not find any instructions. Might you be able to help.


    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Beverly, I highly recommend to print on cardstock. You can use your home printer or have them printed at an office supply store (it’s pretty inexpensive).

  11. Amanda says:

    Love this idea. I’m having trouble finding fresh cranberries. Would dried cranberries work?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Unfortunately no, dried cranberries won’t work the same.

  12. Amanda says:

    I am so excited to make these this christmas! I have a the allspice you use ground in place of the whole cloves? and if so do you still recommend 1 tablespoon? I do not have cloves but I have ground allspice and wanted to try that instead!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Yes you can use whole allspice or whole cloves. You could put ground allspice a small bag so it doesn’t get lost.

  13. Susan says:

    I can’t find fresh cranberries this time of the year. Would another fruit work, such as cherries? Any other suggestions?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Other fruits aren’t as stable as cranberries and won’t last as long. The orange and cinnamon would still be a great scent.

  14. Karen W says:

    I love this idea – I did something similar last year but will be using yours this year to gift friends. This would also be great to gift at Thanksgiving – would love a Thanksgiving tag if you are able to include one. Thanks!

  15. Marilee Parker says:

    Kristin, I went to a Christmas party 2 years ago where we assembled these for ourselves. I enjoyed it so much that I did it last year for neighborhood gifts. Thank you for making the tags available to us to print out. I am going to do it again this year for some new neighbors!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thank you so much for stopping by Marilee.

  16. Theresa says:

    cannot find the download for the christmas potpourri

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Scroll down towards the bottom of the post and look for the “download graphic.”

    2. hydi l cunningham says:

      There is a yellow letters box that says print free printable here. Click and that and your good to go

  17. Linda S Humphries says:

    Is there a way to make the tags a little smaller so has to get more than four to a page?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      You could make your printer’s settings, but I can’t change the printable, sorry.

  18. Meredith says:

    Thanks for this great idea! I was gifted it and look forward to giving it to others. Do you have a photo of the gift with cellophane packaging all put together? I struggle with presentation 🙂 Thanks again!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      No, but it’s super simple – meant to be rustic, so you can’t get it wrong!

  19. Marcia says:

    I received this as a gift and made it today. Now I am looking to do this next year for others and I am trying to figure out how to order the recipe cards. Christmas Potporri.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Marcia, no need to order – it’s a free printable that you can get by clicking the DOWNLOAD link towards the end of the post. Glad you liked it!

  20. Jessica Webb says:

    Can I slice up the oranges before putting in the jar? Or should I leave whole? I’m gifting the next day after making them.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      I would leave them whole. They will spoil much quick if cut up.

    2. Julia says:

      I have scrolled up and down this several times and cannot find a yellow graphic saying DOWNLOAD,

      1. Kristin Maxwell says:

        Hi Julia, The download graphic is near the end of the post, right above the recipe. It says “click here to download” in a big yellow graphic.

  21. Melody says:

    Thank you for sharing this great recipe. I come back to it every year. I’ve given this as gifts to teachers, neighbors, and people at church the past few years, and it is something people look forward to now. It fills homes with great fragrance without adding anything to the hips =) Thank you!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Melody,Thanks for stopping by.

  22. Brandy says:

    Do these need to be refrigerated

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      That would be best if you aren’t planning to gift them right away.

  23. Kelsey E Yochum says:

    I don’t see Download anywhere

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Towards the bottom of the post there is a large yellow graphic that says “Click here to download.”

  24. mechelle says:

    do you have a printable for the cute tag?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Yes just scroll down to where it says “Download.”

  25. Kells says:

    Would mandarin oranges work with this?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:


  26. Theresa says:

    Good Evening,
    Can you please tell me when you make this how long do you leave it sit. Do you leave all of this in the pot
    and reheat again the next day. How long does it last?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      If you’re going to want to reheat the next day, I recommend storing in the refrigerator. If you do that as soon as the liquid cools to room temperature, it should last a few days.

  27. Ashley says:

    What kind of cellophane bags do you use for the spices inside the jars?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      They make very small bags like for marshmallow pops. Or what I did was just stuff the spices into the corners of a sandwich bag and snip it op and tie it.

  28. Noemi Kyle says:

    Is the crafting paper for decorative purposes or necessary for keeping?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      It’s just decorative.

      1. Noemi Kyle says:

        Thank you! I’m excited about putting these together for some gift baskets I’ll be delivering this weekend! Already have all the ingredients and the tags!

        Ty soooo much for sharing!

        1. Kristin says:

          You are so welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

  29. Jessi Anderson says:

    I love all of your amazing ideas! I am having a hard time finding the free printable for this…. is it still available? thanks!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Yes it is. Scroll down to to the bottom of the post. Yellow box/graphic says “download.”

  30. Mary Ann Sanders says:

    How far in advance can you make the Christmas Potpourri before you give it to someone?€|~

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      I wouldn’t do it more than a few days in advance and store them in the fridge.

  31. Melissa says:

    Hi Kristin, do you think this would come out ok if I use little clementine oranges (cuties), since I already have some wife mouth jars and want to use those? Thanks!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Those work perfectly!

  32. Meg says:

    Thank you! You are marvelous@!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Meg! thank you so much for stopping by.

  33. Theresa says:

    Where do you find the cinnamon sticks?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      You should be able to find them in the spice aisle of your grocery store.

  34. Jaime says:

    Where can I get the printable tag?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Scroll to the big yellow graphic that says “DOWNLOAD”

  35. Nicole Gallan says:

    Hello Kristin, when you make the potpourri, mason jars, how long does the cranberries last in the jar. How soon, should I make the jars?

    1. Kristin says:

      They will last 1-2 weeks, I usually don’t recommend making them more than 3 days in advance. If you want to make them further in advance, be sure to store them in the fridge.

  36. Stephanie says:

    I made these last Christmas and they turned out wonderful! I used clementines/cuties; I just sliced them up when I heated up the potpourri. These gifts were definitely a hit! I made a few and put them in the refrigerator if I wasn’t gifting them right away. I put mine in a small crockpot and was able to reheat it for several days. Your tags are the best! They really dress up the gift! Thank you for an awesome gift idea!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Stephanie, thank you so much for taking the time to leave some positive feedback.

      1. Alex Gravelle says:

        Where do I find the printable tag, I want to make these this year but can’t seem to find it!

        1. Kristin Maxwell says:

          Scroll down to the yellow image that says “download” and click it to go to the download page.

  37. Sue says:

    I am concerned about using a fresh orange. How long is the mixture good for? Will the orange spoil?

    1. Kristin says:

      Oranges will last quite a while, at least 1-2 weeks. I do recommend making the gifts no more than 4-5 days in advance of gifting though.

  38. Shirley says:

    How long will these keep in the jar?

    1. Kristin says:

      I wouldn’t make them more than a few days in advance to give the recipient time to make it.

  39. Wreatha Oliver says:


  40. Kelly D Snider says:

    This is so cute, thanks for the printable tags!

  41. Theresa Timm says:

    Hi Kristin
    I am having troublr finding your printable stove top potpourri tags for Christmas. Please let me know how I can upload to print. Thank you

    1. Kristin says:

      There is a yellow and white graphic towards the end of the post that says “download.” Click that to print the tags.

  42. Karen Snow says:

    I love this idea. Seems so simple to do for those who aren’t so crafty! Thank you for sharing your ideas with this group!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you for stopping by.

    2. Sharonne Williams says:

      I have been searching for this for a while and I’m glad I finally found your site. How many times can it be used before it should be thrown out? I want this for myself and to gift.

      1. Kristin Maxwell says:

        I usually throw it out after the first use.

  43. Susy says:

    Can I use dried cranberries instead of fresh ones?
    By the way, I love your ideas!
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Kristin says:

      Sure, I think that would be ok.

  44. Kendra Weiss says:

    I can’t find the link to download the tags.

  45. Alicia says:

    Did you print the gift tags on regular paper, card stock or something else?

    1. Kristin says:

      I always use cardstock for printing!

  46. Wendy says:

    How long will the scent last? How many times can you re-heat it?

    1. Kristin says:

      A couple of hours at least. I usually throw it out and start with a fresh batch each time.

  47. J.Sacco says:

    These were a great hit at a fund raiser auction! Thank you Kristin!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you J.Sacco, So glad it worked out for you.

  48. Robbi Spectdor says:

    HI…I am confused about the oranges/clementines….Is the recipient supposed to slice them??? Thanks….

    1. Kristin says:

      Yes they would need to slice them, which is part of the instructions in the printable.

  49. Kim says:

    Any issue selling the pot poured at a craft show and having the orange go bad?

    1. Kristin says:

      I don’t sell these; and the printable is copyrighted to me and cannot be sold.

  50. Megan says:

    Do you have an editable version of the tag so it can say “Holiday Potpourri” instead?

    1. Kristin says:

      No, sorry I don’t.

  51. melody says:

    Hi Kirsten

    I want to use a ckeckered cloth to close the top n then add lid. How would I cut the cloth round or square.

    Thanks melidy

    1. Kristin says:

      I think it would be much easier to cut a square and just have the corners of the cloth peeking out from below the band. It would look super cute, too!

  52. sue rydberg says:

    If you are having trouble printing the label try another browser – Google Chrome work well.

  53. Angie Eplin says:

    I received this as a Christmas gift. I chose to cut up my orange and mix everything right in the mason jar. Filled it with water and sat it down in my candle warmer. It fit perfect and my house smells amazing! Thank you for this great idea. I plan to pay this one forward next year!

  54. Valerie says:

    I have loved giving cinnamon sticks and whole cloves as neighbor gifts at Christmas, but the cranberries and oranges add such wonderful color and aroma. Thank you for sharing your idea and the free printable. Such a time saver and super cute!

  55. Muriel says:

    I try this and I love it! I didnt have the jars so I bagged the ingredients and gave it my friends as a gift bag

  56. Laura Cohen says:

    What a great gift for all the ladies in my family! I never know what to get anyone and these were perfect and inexpensive! I also made the snowflake playdough and my daughter gave each girl in her girl scout troop one. Thank you!!!

  57. Jennifer says:

    I passed these out to neighbors in 2016. They were such a hit I plan to make them for my office team this year (2017). I used cellophane bags tied with a cute holiday ribbon. Your tip about using the corners of sandwich bags for the spices worked great. I must admit I was glad my husband helped hold the bags while I tied them up. Thanks for sharing, Kristin!

  58. Pamela DeLuca says:

    can you use the little clementines?

    1. Kristin says:

      Yes the clementines are great!

  59. Joanna says:

    I cant get the oranges in and when i got one in it wont come out

    1. Kristin says:

      Sounds like you’re oranges were to big. You’d want to choose smaller ones.

  60. Patti says:

    How many days before giving them out can i prepare them in advance?

    1. Kristin says:

      I wouldn’t do more than a day. You want them to be nice and fresh! 🙂

  61. Vikki West says:

    Hi Kristin, I have tried for two in a half hours to down load the recipe instructions for Christmas in a jar… I am so tech challenged that I am about to cry! I want to do this for my friends and neighbors for Christmas this year. But I can’t get the down load to work for me…. Normally one of my daughters would do it but they are grown and live 4-5 hours away from me. Is there anyway you can help me please? I’m disabled so I don’t get out to much… This is something I can afford and I think the tag is perfect!! Please let me know if there is anything you can help me with on your end… Honestly any help would be AWESOME…

    1. Kristin says:

      Hi Vicki, So sorry you’re having trouble. Here is a direct link to the page with the download:

      When you hover your mouse over the image, you’ll see a drop down at the top right with an arrow pointing down, and a print button. The arrow will download the print to your computer (you just need to save it to the correct place) and the print button will print directly to your printer (so you’d want to have the paper set up). Hope that helps!

        1. Megan says:

          Oh and THANK YOU! I love this idea and your printable tag is perfect. I am using them this year for friends and neighbors!

        2. Kristin says:

          You may have accidentally clicked on one of the ads in the post. Sorry about that!

  62. Heather says:

    Are the cloves and nutmeg both whole?

    1. Kristin says:

      Cloves yes, the nutmeg is ground and I just tied in a little bag.

  63. susan says:

    Can’t get the Christmas Pot Pourri in a jar tag to load. Any suggestions?

  64. Amy says:

    Hi, should this be kept in the fridge until use? Thank you.

    1. Kristin says:

      Yes, but even then I would suggest it be used within a week.

  65. Carol says:

    With the Christmas Potpourri, can dried cranberries be used in place of fresh ones?

    1. Kristin says:

      The dried cranberries have a lot of sugar added, so I probably wouldn’t. But, I haven’t personally tried it, so if you do let us know how it turns out.

  66. charlotte says:

    I can’t get the Christmas Potpourri tag to load. When I click on the download it takes me to a tax sight.

  67. Robyn says:


    What size jar did you use?


    1. Kristin says:

      It’s a quart size wide mouth jar.