One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is to fill my home with Christmas-ey smells. I am a sucker for Christmas candles and I burn them almost non-stop through the months of November and December! As much as I love candles, though, there’s nothing more “authentic” smelling than stovetop potpourri. Have you ever used it before? You can buy pre-made mixes or easily put together your own using some combination of things like cinammon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, rosemary, evergreen branches, cranberries, and lemons or oranges. You cover it with water and simmer it on your stove on low and it makes your whole house smell like Christmas! It’s fabulous for when you have a holiday get together, or just when you want your house to smell good.
If you use a combination of dry ingredients, you can easily put together easy Christmas Potpourri gift jars to give to neighbors, friends, teachers, etc. They’re so easy, and will be much appreciated!
Here’s what I used to assemble my Christmas potpourri gift jars: (This list contains affiliate links – click here to read my full disclosure.)
- cinnamon sticks
- whole cloves
- star anise
- dried cranberries (I picked some up from the grocery store)
- dried orange slices (I got mine at Trader Joe’s – or you could slice and dry your own)
- small mason jars
- printable tags (see below)
And of course, I had to make some fun printables to go with them! I cut these by hand, but I also made them into cut files for my Silhouette Cameo, which will make them much easier to cut in bulk.
There’s an “it’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas” circle tag sized to fit inside a mason jar lid – or you could just use circles of scrapbook paper or fabric to decorate the jar.
I also made a tag with instructions on it and tied it onto my jars with baker’s twine.
Download the printable tags below (for personal use only, please):
I probably spent about $25 on supplies (though I had the jars already), and it was enough to make about 2 dozen jars! Talk about an affordable gift idea. And they’re so pretty!
These Christmas potpourri gift jars are a really simple and inexpensive handmade gift idea your friends and neighbors are sure to love! And if you’re planning to make more handmade Christmas gifts this year, you’ll definitely want to check out 7 Steps to a Handmade Christmas – my step-by-step guide to creating handmade gifts for everyone on your gift list this year.
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