Fall Potpourri Simmer Pot {+ Winter Variations!}

Today I’m going to share one of my favorite fall “crafts” with you. One of the things I love about fall (besides cute boots!) are the smells and flavors. I love pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon…you name it! So today I’m going to share a super easy way to bring those smells into your home with a potpourri simmer pot.

Holiday potpourri simmer pot recipes!

Holiday Potpourri Simmer Pot


  • 2 oranges
  • 3-6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • water


Cut the oranges into eighths, leaving the peel on. Put everything into a big pot on your stove and fill with water, leaving about 1-2 inches of room at the top. Turn on the stove to a low setting and enjoy the wonderful smells!

The steam is what makes the house smell delicious, so make sure your water is just slightly simmering. Your entire house will smell like fall within about 20 minutes.

The water will boil away eventually, so refill it whenever you notice that it’s low. When you leave the house, go to bed, or just want the potpourri turned off, put a lid on it and leave it on your stove.

I leave this pot on pretty much the entire time I’m at home and I love it! The oranges never rot because the water is hot most of the time, but I have noticed it starts to lose its smell after about 3 days, and the oranges get a bit brown and icky. At that point, I usually empty the water, toss the ingredients, and make it again!


The best thing about this recipe (besides the delicious smells!) is how versatile it is.

  • If you’d rather a more “wintery” scent, use apples instead of oranges, skip the cloves, and add a 1/2 C of fresh cranberries.
  • You can cut open a tea bag and pour the contents into the water.
  • You can use allspice, or mint, or holly, or pine needles.

Pretty much any food, plant, or spice with a nice scent will work great. And you can customize your version with whatever scents you enjoy the most!

Have you guys tried a simmer pot before? If you’re looking for some other great fall crafts, recipes, and decor ideas, you can check out the rest of my fall posts here!


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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. chris says

    7 years ago

    I am wanting to burn stuff like this on my wood stove, but want to be sure it’s insomething safe that isn’t going to scorch. What’s a safe suggestion or how do I keep it up off the actual stove?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      7 years ago

      Does your stove have a flat spot on top? If so, just toss everything into a cast iron pan and set the pan on top of your stove. The pan will get incredibly hot, but cast iron can handle the heat as long as you don’t let it boil dry.

  2. [email protected] says

    7 years ago

    I can only imagine how good your apartment smelled after simmering this concoction. I am going to try this one weekend this fall! Thanks for sharing at this week’s Throwback Thursday Party.

  3. Christine says

    8 years ago

    I have never tried this and I have no idea why……I should do this right now. Congrats on your Snap feature!

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