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DIY Natural Christmas Potpourri in a Jar

One of the most beloved hostess gifts or neighbor gifts during the holidays is Christmas potpourri in a jar. If you are looking for a sweet and simple gift for women in your life, then these mason jar Christmas potpourri gifts are the answer!

glass jar on crab apple oranges and greenery

Mason Jar Christmas Potpourri Gifts

These mason jar gifts look so expensive and thoughtful! Your holiday gift will stand out above the rest!

womans hand holding cinnamon sticks evergreen branches and cinnamon sticks against white background

The truth is, making mason jar Christmas potpourri gifts is one of the easiest DIY gifts. If you can combine some fruits, plants and spices in a jar, you will look like a winner!

You might also like my easy handmade Christmas drawer sachets, too.

Mason jars are ideal for this gift. And that way she can keep the jar and repurpose it, too. However, feel free to use any glass jar that you have or can upcycle. Such as spaghetti sauce jars, ghee jars, etc.

In the photos, we actually used glass jars with metal bails (those are glass jars with a metal clasp lid).

oranges cinnamon sticks and crab apples in a glass jar with metal lid

Customize your mason jar Christmas potpourri however you like, too. Consider these ideas:

DIY Christmas Potpourri in a Jar 

It really is super easy to make this potpourri in a mason jar.

In fact, you might be able to source much of the ingredients in your backyard or looking through your pantry or refrigerator.

These potpourri jars are also a really smart way to use up some leftovers of things you might have in the kitchen. For instance, if you bought too many apples or oranges and you don’t want them to go to waste. Or you are using up herbs or branches from the garden.

Whatever ingredients you use for the Christmas potpourri in a jar, it’s the perfect zero waste gift (and the ingredients can be composted after using!).

woman putting orange inside glass mason jar for potpourri
woman hand putting rosemary spring in Christmas potpourri in a jar

The ingredients for this homemade potpourri mason jar are merely suggestions. This Christmas potpourri recipe will smell wonderful! But if you want to modify or replace ingredients, feel free to try new ones.

Some recipe swaps could include:

  • Using lime or lemon instead of oranges
  • Star anise instead of cinnamon sticks
  • Thyme or sage instead of rosemary

Adding water to the jar is not recommended for gifting. Unless you add water immediately before giving the gift. Otherwise, the natural ingredients inside could start to change color or wilt. Which means your gift won’t look so beautiful (even though it will still smell great).

oranges cinnamon sticks and crab apples in a glass jar with metal lid

Natural Christmas Potpourri in a Jar

Yield: 1 potpourri jar
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Enjoy the smells of the holidays with this natural Christmas potpourri in a jar made with plants and edible ingredients.


  • 1-3 clementines or small oranges
  • ¼ cup fresh or dried cranberries
  • Clusters of crab apples (found until early winter in many regions, if not available, use small apples or dried apple slices)
  • Rosemary sprigs (or use dried rosemary)
  • Small pieces from fir trees
  • Cinnamon sticks


  • Glass jars


  1. Clementines or oranges can be added whole, or sliced. However, if you are cutting open the citrus fruits, be sure to do it just before gifting the Christmas potpourri in a jar. Otherwise it can be messy.
  2. Rinse branches and any other ingredients sourced from outdoors before adding to the mason jar. This is to get rid of tiny insects or dirt that you might not see.
  3. Add all of the ingredients into the mason jar. Cut branches and rosemary sprigs to fit inside. Or fold the branches to fit inside the jar.
  4. Do not add water unless gifting immediately.
  5. Put a lid on the top of the jar and secure. Decorate how you would like (see suggestions in article).
  6. To use: Add ingredients in jar to 6 cups of water in a saucepan or crock pot. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer for about 2 hours, keeping a close eye on the water level to ensure the pot does not dry out.


Pair a potpourri jar with a small crock pot (the prices are great for a gift) for a thoughtful gift that lasts long after the potpourri has been used.

Be sure to Pin this recipe so you’ll remember it when trying to come up with holiday gift ideas 🙂

womans hand holding cinnamon sticks evergreen branches and cinnamon sticks against white background

How to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas Naturally

These potpourri jars are the perfect way for friends and family to add natural Christmas fragrance to their home. But there are plenty more ways to enjoy the smells of the season without adding toxic chemicals into your indoor air.

Try this Christmas stovetop potpourri recipe. It is beautiful and especially great if you are entertaining in your kitchen for meals or parties.

My homemade gingerbread essential oil is perfect for diffusing through your home or adding to homemade candles.

For the warm and comforting smell of cinnamon, make these DIY natural cinnamon pinecones to fragrance your home.

oranges apples cinnamon sticks and rosemary in a white crock pot for potpourri

The warm comforting smell of apple pie is always loved year round. Try this apple cinnamon potpourri to add natural fragrance that will make you feel cozy in your home.


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