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5 Fall Potpourri Recipes You Can Make at Home

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One of my favorite things about fall is the wonderful smells that come with it. Apple and pumpkin pies being baked for Thanksgiving; cinnamon sticks in fresh apple cider; the smell of pine wafting from freshly cut trees.

Potpourri is one of the best ways to simulate these aromas in your house, and with these 5 simple recipes, you can have the scent of fall year-round! Making your own potpourri is also a fun, easy, COVID-proof activity that you can do at home with the kids.

An added benefit for those interested in selling their house this fall - homes that smell great during a showing or open house leave a more powerful and lasting impression!

Which will you try first?

Apple Cider Simmering Potpourri


1 cinnamon stick, broken

3 slivers of fresh ginger

Approx. 1 teaspoon of whole cloves

Enough apple to make a heaping cup


Pour water into the pot until it’s about 2/3 full.

Simmer the ingredients in the water on the kitchen stovetop.

Cinnamon-Orange Slow Cooker Potpourri


2 oranges, quartered

6 cinnamon sticks

2 tablespoons whole cloves

2 cups water (more as needed)


In a crockpot, combine oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and water. Turn heat to high and leave the lid off.

Check-in on it every couple of hours and add water as needed

Cinnamon And Cranberry Simmering Potpourri


2 oranges, sliced

3 cinnamon sticks

1 cup cranberries

3 teaspoons ground clove

2 teaspoons nutmeg

2 sprigs rosemary


Place ingredients into the pot and fill with water to about 1 inch below brim and simmer.

Lasts for about 3 days!

Halloween Stovetop Potpourri


2 tablespoons of whole cloves

3 bay leaves

3 cinnamon sticks

2 tablespoons of dried lemon peel (1/4 inch diced)

3 slices of dried oranges

½ fresh lemon, cut in quarters (this is optional)

½ fresh orange, cut in quarters


Combine all the ingredients in a 2-quart pot

Add 4 cups water; bring to a boil

Lower heat and let simmer. Add water as necessary.

When ready, turn off and let cool

When cool, put the potpourri into a plastic container; cover; refrigerate and use another day. It will keep for at least 1 month.

Fall Simmering Spices Potpourri


Peels of 3 clementines or small oranges

1 vanilla bean, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 cinnamon sticks

1 tsp whole cloves

Optional: 2 stars of anise, freshly grated nutmeg, cardamom pods


Add 6 cups of water to a medium pot and bring to a boil; stir in all ingredients and let boil for 2 minutes

Reduce heat to a simmer and let simmer for as long as you like the smell to last

Add 1/4 of water for each hour you leave simmering to ensure spices don’t burn

Enjoy the fabulous smell within 10 minutes!

Real Estate Agent Spokane

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team, transferred to real estate after a 30+ year career as a paralegal (Certified Legal Assistant). Her combined experience in law and real estate makes her a tour de force in contracts and negotiations.

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