DIY Holidays: Christmas Simmer Pot Home Fragrance

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We are in full on Christmas mode over here, and that means all the sounds, tastes, and smells we can get.  This Christmas simmer pot is like a potpourri made on your stovetop, covered with water and slowly releasing all of those festive smells into the air.

“What else can I use?”

  • If you don’t have rosemary, you can clip a few branches off of your Christmas tree instead.  This will give a pine or fir note (a nod to this favorite holiday candle) to the mixture that is really lovely.
  • If you don’t have cinnamon sticks, you can use some ground cinnamon in its place.
  • No whole cloves?  You can use ground, or omit.

For those of you who bake, you can certainly get those festive smells coming from your kitchen with my Frosted Gingerbread Blondies, too.  

What are you favorite holiday scents?

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Christmas Simmer Pot Home Fragrance

The easiest Christmas DIY, with a few simple ingredients you can make your home smell just like Christmas.
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time5 hours
Keyword: Christmas, Holiday, Home fragrance
Cost: $5


  • Large dutch oven or pot


  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks


  • Combine all ingredients in a large pot and fill with water to cover.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 3-5 hours, topping up with water every 30 minutes as needed to cover ingredients.

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  1. 5 stars
    What a wonderful way to bring the scents of Christmas indoors. Love the way the summer pots scents the whole house without that chemical smell. Keeping it all natural