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DIY Fall Simmering Potpourri

DIY Fall Simmering Potpourri

Fall is finally here and I’m so excited ! 🙂

What’s not to love about Fall? The clean, crisp air, comfy sweaters, colorful leaves, warm snuggles with your loved ones under the covers, fresh baking in the kitchen, the smell of pumpkin and cinnamon everywhere you go. I just love it! I love picking apples and going to the pumpkin patch with my husband and kids and enjoy hayrides in the Fall.

What's not to love about Fall? Here's why I love the Fall season plus check out my favorite DIY Fall Simmering Potpourri recipe!

And I don’t know about you guys, but I also love getting my house ready for whenever the season changes. Especially after the summer. You know, summers are always crazy around our household. We have a full family swimming pool and people are in and out of our house almost everyday all summer. So the house really needs a good scrubbing by the time summer ends. We also have a pet cat that stays indoor. But if you come to our house, you’ll never know we have a cat because you will never smell it. 🙂 I’m a very hands-on type of person so when I clean and scrub my house, it is really clean when it’s all done.

Right now, I’m happy that the house is smelling nice and clean again and it’s starting to smell like Fall too! I love burning candles and essential oils on a daily basis and I’m a huge fan of Yankee scented candles. But sometimes I try and find the time to make my own potpourri and use natural ingredients to make my house smell amazing!

Here's how to make your own DIY Fall Simmering Potpourri!

So today, and as my way of welcoming this beautiful Fall season, I am sharing with you my own recipe for DIY Fall Simmering Potpourri! I’ll tell you, your house will smell heavenly with this potpourri. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do! 🙂

DIY Fall Simmering Potpourri

Here are the supplies needed to make your own Fall Simmering Potpourri

I love making this DIY Fall Simmering Potpourri to make my house smell heavenly!

Supplies needed:

1 orange, sliced

1 apple, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

4-5 cinnamon sticks

4-5 bay leaves

a sprinkle of cloves

2 1/2 cups water


  1. In a pot or sauce pan, mix all ingredients together then add 2 1/2 cups of water.
  2. Put the stove on low heat and let the potpourri mix simmer all day, adding more water as needed every 20-25 minutes to prevent the ingredients from drying.
  3. You can refrigerate the potpourri mix for up to a week. To use the potpourri mix and follow steps 1 and 2.

Make your home smell like Fall with this DIY Fall Simmering Potpourri recipe!

If you’re concerned about leaving your homemade potpourri simmering on the stovetop, you can use your slow cooker instead. Just double the spices, 1.5 cups water, and put your slow cooker on low setting and remove the lid on top.

So, what do you think about this DIY Fall Potpourri recipe? How do you make your home smell like Fall? Tell me in the comments! 🙂

This post originally published on Hip Mama’s Place on September 22, 2017. 

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A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 10/19/2021 / 3:26 pm

    This sounds like it smells so good! I would love to do this, and I love to have natural ways to add scent to my home.

  2. 11/04/2020 / 4:46 am

    I bet this smells sooooo good! I used to hate fall, but things like this make me love it.

  3. 11/04/2020 / 12:40 am

    Love this! I’m going to do this with my daughter!

  4. 10/28/2020 / 3:18 pm

    I love this citrus heavy simmering potpourri. So fresh and clean and fall like too with that kick of cinnamon!

  5. 10/27/2020 / 10:07 am

    Fall is one of my favorite seasons and this Fall Simmering Potpourri will surely add the smell of Fall in our home. Thanks for sharing.

  6. 10/19/2020 / 4:12 pm

    It is so great to use all those natural ingredients to freshen up your home. I will use some of these ideas in my problem areas soon.

  7. 09/26/2020 / 9:06 pm

    This sounds lovely and what a perfect way to create the mood of Fall. I am totally going to make this during the season

  8. Sherry
    09/26/2020 / 6:59 am

    Fall is my favorite time of year. I just love the cooler temperatures and the scent of fall is divine. I need to make this potpourri. My house is going to smell awesome!

  9. 09/28/2017 / 9:31 pm

    That sounds wonderful! I do worry about leaving it on the stove top so I would take your suggestion and do this potpourri in the slow cooker!

  10. 09/28/2017 / 6:16 pm

    I love the idea of potpourri. I haven’t tried it. But I love to try it.

  11. 09/28/2017 / 3:51 am

    I love doing this, but I use one of those small crockpots that only has one heat setting. I plug mine in and just add water each day and refresh my spices every two or three days. I’ve never used citrus or bay, though. Thanks for this recipe – I’ll give it a try.

  12. 09/27/2017 / 6:58 pm

    Oh my goodness this screams fall! I can’t wait for my favorite season!

  13. 09/27/2017 / 2:13 pm

    Fall is my favorite season. It goes by way too fast! I am seriously going to try this.

  14. Kathy
    09/27/2017 / 1:29 pm

    I love potpourri! I haven’t bought any in so long. I love that you can make it yourself though. i need to give this a try too.

  15. brianne
    09/27/2017 / 1:09 pm

    I bet the smell is amazing. I am so going to try this at home this weekend!

  16. 09/27/2017 / 8:44 am

    This DIY potpourri sounds like it smells amazing!! And I love that it contains things already in my kitchen!!

  17. 09/27/2017 / 8:44 am

    I’m sure this smells so good! I love a clean smelling house as well. We have a dog, Riley, and I make sure that he won’t affect the house’s smell. This potpourri is a must try!

  18. Annemarie LeBlanc
    09/27/2017 / 8:28 am

    I can just imagine how nice this scent would be – and to fill my house with it? Awesome! I will do this the soonest. Thank you for the idea.

  19. 09/27/2017 / 5:31 am

    This is such a great way of making potpourri. I am so ready for the aroma to fill up my fall styled house!

  20. 09/27/2017 / 5:11 am

    Oh, I love making stuff like this. You just reminded me of another reason why I love fall.

  21. 09/27/2017 / 2:43 am

    These are some awesome tips! The scents you chose are also my favorite scents. I love potpourri, I think I will be making some this weekend 🙂

  22. 09/27/2017 / 2:03 am

    I have never made my own potpourri! This sounds so amazing! I love coming home and it has a wonderful fresh smell. This sound like it would be so nice.

  23. 09/27/2017 / 1:21 am

    I can’t begin to guess how amazing this must smell! What a great – and natural – way to make your home smell fantastic. I’ll have to try this when the weather gets cooler.

  24. 09/27/2017 / 1:14 am

    Oooh this sounds absolutely divine! I love fall scents! It’s my favorite time of year.

  25. 09/27/2017 / 12:36 am

    This is pretty amazing! I love that it’s not so difficult to make. Fall is one of my favorite seasons, actually no, it’s my favorite season and adding some spice to make it smell nice is definitely something that I’d do!

  26. 09/27/2017 / 12:25 am

    This must be super nice. I have to start bringing out some fall accents and some potpourri would be a good idea too.

  27. Pam
    09/27/2017 / 12:25 am

    I bet this smells amazing. If it ever gets cold in our area I will have to try this.

  28. 09/26/2017 / 11:29 pm

    Mmmm I can almost smell it!! Thank you for this lovely Fall Potpourri recipe! I adore fall as well – my favorite season! Mulled cider, hayrack rides, the cool air! Perfection!

  29. 09/26/2017 / 10:22 pm

    That looks like a fabulous potpourri! I love that it is natural!! Perfect for my home!

  30. 09/26/2017 / 7:40 pm

    I bet this Fall simmering potpourri will make the home smell so wonderful. I love the scents of fall and this will most certainly do the trick to make my home smell of the season.

  31. Crystal
    09/26/2017 / 3:01 pm

    As soon as our ridiculous heat wave has simmered down I’m marking this recipe down to try! I LOVE the cool crisp air of fall and the aromas floating through the breeze. This would be perfect for bringing fall indoors!

  32. 09/26/2017 / 1:38 pm

    I need this in my house right now – my husband came home last night and said it smelled like wet dogs in the house – LOL. And um, we do not have dogs…

  33. 09/26/2017 / 12:57 pm

    That is fully awesome! Potpourri makes the house smell so good. I think it would be fun to make this with my wife.

  34. 09/26/2017 / 12:56 pm

    Oh, cool! I love potpourri, but I’ve never tried making it on my own. I can’t wait to try this!

  35. robin rue
    09/26/2017 / 12:43 pm

    I am super excited to make this. I bet it will make my house smell amazing.

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