Scent is a powerful thing. A single, fragrant whiff can bring you back to a special time in your life. For me, the smell of cranberry, orange, cinnamon and clove takes me back to my parents’ home during Christmas Eve. When the spicy sweetness hits my nose, I’m instantly at peace. Easily and inexpensively create feelings of home for your loved ones this holiday with our favorite DIY holiday potpourri.


  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1 orange
  • 3 or 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tbsp whole cloves
  • Saucepan
  • Water


  1. Quarter the orange and toss the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and cranberries into a saucepan.
  2. Fill with water and simmer on the stove for hours. The best part: when the water is gone just add more and continue to use the same batch for days.

Using as a gift:

  1. Use a decorative bag or box and throw all materials except the water into the bag.
  2. Attach the above directions onto a tag and give away!
DIY Holiday Potpourri