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Homemade Holiday Potpourri
Saved 11/10/06 to Thanksgiving Countdown

Homemade Holiday Potpourri

This makes an excellent gift. Make sure you make some for yourself too though because it really smells wonderful.

1 jar
5 min 5 min prep

2-4 tablespoons cloves
2-4 cinnamon sticks
4 bay leaves
1/2 orange, sliced
1/2 lemon, sliced

Add orange and lemon slices to dry mixture of spices.
Put in a small sauce pan with 4 cups of water.
Simmer on low to release the fragrance.
TO GIVE AS A GIFT: put ingredients in a decorative jar.
Add enough water to fill jar.
Add a few drops of red food coloring.

Close securely and give with a small gift tag explaining how to use it.
Store in refrigerator when not in use, to prevent molding.
Can be simmered over and over again!

Note, I prefer to use the lesser amount of cloves so that they don't overwhelm the other fragrances.

stardiva stardiva 9 years 27 weeks
OMG! Poor thing, that sounds awful. Yeah, hopefully this is alot better substitute for you!
wynter wynter 9 years 27 weeks
This stuff sounds like it smells good and it sounds safe! I bought some liquid potpourri one time, and it was in a holder hanging on the wall. Jake was about 2 then, and he threw up a ball. The ball happened to hit the potpourri holder, and it come off the wall and spilled on him. It got in his eye, and I flushed it for about 20 minutes since that's what poision control told me to do. We ended up in the ER about 30 minutes after that because the area around his eye was swelling, his eye turned blood red, and he wouldn't stop screaming. The ER flushed it out a couple of more times, gave him pain meds, and they sent us to an opthamologist (sp?). Because of that stupid potpourri, he ended up buring his cornea. It healed after a few weeks, but he cried for about a week straight over his eye. :( I'll never touch that stuff again, so this is a great substitute!
stardiva stardiva 9 years 27 weeks
Sweet C- You get all that in the cooking aisle.
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 9 years 27 weeks
im def making this as gifts sounds great.. where can i find the cloves and spices
LaylaCams LaylaCams 9 years 28 weeks
Oh, great idea!
My-Opinion My-Opinion 9 years 28 weeks
This is nice. I love doing stuff like this as gifts!
stardiva stardiva 9 years 28 weeks
It's a potpourri. You either dump it in a pot and simmer or place jar on the burner of your coffee pot. Once it heats, it makes your home smell wonderful!
No-names-needed No-names-needed 9 years 28 weeks
Star, I could churn out bottles of this stuff... The only problem is I don't know how to use it. Can you please explain what the hell we can we do with this stuff? It looks delicious enough to drink, but I'm not sure I can drink with all those spices. "The antidepressant, all it does is mask the problem".Tom Cruise
purplesugar purplesugar 9 years 28 weeks
awesome! I think I just might be making some of this soon...
karmasabitch karmasabitch 9 years 28 weeks
Great idea, Star!!
stardiva stardiva 9 years 28 weeks
Not sure if ya'll have them in your area, but Hobby Lobby is cheaper than Michaels and has a bigger selection!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years 28 weeks
A great place to buy inexpensive glass jars is The Christmas Tree Shop (If they're in your area) and Michael's (craft store).
stardiva stardiva 9 years 28 weeks
Another option to warming is place it in the jar on the burner of your coffee pot as long as you are home. You could also add dried apples too!
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years 28 weeks
What a great gift for co workers! Thanks!
Sica Sica 9 years 28 weeks
Awwww it's so beautiful and I love cinnamon :) ________________________________________ ♥ Love me or hate me, don't be impartial ♥