Homemade Orange Spice Potpourri – A Great Gift Idea

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I know it is still a looooong way from Christmas, but this homemade orange spice potpourri does make an excellent Christmas gift.  But, since it has an awesome spicy fragrance that is reminiscent of the scents of Fall, it’s great for Autumn holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving as well.  Package it in a pretty glass jar, in a simple drawstring bag from the craft store, or in a nice simple box and you have a great hostess or teacher gift.  But be sure you double the batch, because you will want some to scent your own home as well once you smell it!


Homemade Orange Spice Potpourri


Fresh Oranges
Pine Cones (I like the scented type from the craft store, but regular from your yard are FREE!)
Star Anise
Cinnamon Sticks
Whole Cloves

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The part of the potpourri that requires just a little work on your part is to dry the oranges.  Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Slice the oranges approximately 1/4″ thick (see above).  Place a baking rack on top of a rimmed pan or cookie sheet and arrange the oranges in a single layer.  Bake approximately 3 hours or until mostly dry, turning every 45 minutes.  The oranges will continue to dry after you remove them from the oven, so they don’t have to be completely dried out when you’re finished.

Next comes the fun part – mixing up your own potpourri concoction!  Using the selection of dried spices, mix them in with the dried oranges to make a combination to fill a room with wonderful scents.  No specific amounts of the spices are required – any combination is fine and you can create your own favorite blend.  If you want to amp up the scent, you can also sprinkle on allspice or nutmeg.  (If you have problems finding pine cones, you can substitute wood chips.)

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DIY Orange Spice Potpourri (1)

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  1. (Homemade Orange Spice Potpourri review) I really like this great idea, would make a very nice Christmas gift to give to all my girlfriends this year. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Todd Lovessweeps says:

    Great idea – would make a good christmas gift – I have been looking for ideas

  3. How much did this cost to make?

    • I don’t have an exact amount. I know the spices cost under $2 total because I purchased them from the bulk bins at our local co-op/health food store so I only had to buy as much as I needed. Pine cones are free if you get them from your yard and oranges vary depending on season and area of the country. Overall, however, it was pretty cheap!!

  4. This would make a great fall or thanksgiving gift to give when visiting

  5. I sometimes heat water and cinnamon on the stove, for a nice fragrance. This sounds wonderful, and it would also make a nice hostess gift!

  6. Skippy Aveo says:

    If you use free pinecones out of your yard make sure they are baked first to remove any bugs that may be in there.


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