Scents of the Season – Dried Fruit Potpourri

During the holiday season, I am always looking for gift ideas that are homemade and don’t cost a lot of money.  With so many teachers and other people to give small gifts too, a homemade gift is a great option because it is thoughtful but easier to keep the costs under control.  This year, I decided to try my hand at making dried fruit potpourri to give as gifts.

Dried Fruit Potpourri

I started by drying all of the fruits I would need for the potpourri:  oranges, lemons, apples and pears.

Handmade Gift - Dried Fruit Potpourri

To dry them, simply slice them thinly {a mandoline is great for this!} and then put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake in the oven at 200 degrees for a few hours until dried.  The amount of time varies greatly based the water content of the fruit. A good starting point is 2-3 hours and then judge from there how long to leave it for.   Once they are done, gather the rest of your ingredients

Dried Fruit Potpourri - a perfect handmade gift

What You’ll Need:

1 dried lemon slice
2 dried orange slices
2 dried pear slices
3 dried apple slices
5 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup whole cloves
1/4 cup whole allspice
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 bay leaves

To make the potpourri, just combine all of the ingredients in an airtight container like a mason jar or sealable plastic bag.  Then, label them. 

Dried Fruit Potpourri

Donna, from Swish Printables, created an awesome printable label for me {and you} that I used on the top of the red polka dot bags I found in the Target dollar spot.  The bags are about 6″ across so keep that in mind when shopping so you get a bag that will work with the printable.  She also made a 2.5″ round circle that is perfect for mason jars.

Dried Fruit Potpourri Gift Bags

I also packaged a few of these into mason jars for gift giving as well.Potpourri in Jar on Chair_wmDried Fruit Potpourri

When you are ready to enjoy your scents of the season, simply add the contents of the bag or jar to a saucepan along with 1 1/2 cups water and simmer on low.

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Scents of the Season - Dried Fruit Potpourri
 
Ingredients
  • 1 dried lemon slice
  • 2 dried orange slices
  • 2 dried pear slices
  • 3 dried apple slices
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup whole cloves
  • ¼ cup whole allspice
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 bay leaves
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  2. When ready to use, pour ingredients into saucepan with 1½ cups water. Simmer on low for up to 30 minutes.

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  1. oh wow, how awesome!! i haven’t ever MADE potpourri but i love having it in the house. super cute idea

  2. What a GREAT idea! Pinned! This is such a great homemade gift!

  3. I never thought that I could actually make potpourri myself. Thanks for providing the instructions!
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  4. My sister loves making potpourri, will have to show her this!
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  5. I haven’t made any potpurri before but I think I should give it a try. Doesn’t seem difficult!
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  6. This is such a beautiful idea ! I love the mix of fruits and spices you used!
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  7. OMG I have never made potpourri before but love this idea! What a cute little stocking stuffer also!

  8. ooh i bet that smells delicious!!!
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  9. what a great way to give a gift – thrifty and appears to smell nice. Thank you for sharing. Pinning!
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  10. This is such a great little gift idea!
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  11. We do this a lot to scent our home, but I never thought of making it for gifts! Fabulous!
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  12. Oh I love this! I never thought to make my own, I just might try this.

  13. This would make such a great gift. I love DIY gifts that people actually want.
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  14. So pretty and I bet they smell lovely! Your photography rocks too! Thanks for joining our Twirl and Take a Bow Party! Hope to see you again next week!

  15. This would make a fantastic gift! You’ve made me want to head to the store to get apples and oranges today!
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  16. This is a lovely gift idea for any time of year! Love it. Pinning. Visiting from FB DBB Happy Wed! & Happy Holidays! Theresa
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