What to do with your Christmas tree after Christmas? Turn it into potpourri!

Dec 29, 2015

Even though I have taken down the decorations, and the tree has been removed from the living room, I still want that fresh scent throughout my house. I mean who doesn't? So why not keep the memory of your Christmas tree alive through a little potpourri? This is seriously the easiest thing and your nostrils will thank me! 
Christmas Tree Potpourri
You probably have all these things in your kitchen already from all your holiday cooking. And if you happen to have a tree of the not real variety, then dumpster diving is in your future! Or maybe your neighbor has a few branches they could spare. Trust me, it is worth asking. 

But, for recipe sakes you are going to want:

-tree branches, or stems 
-an apple or two
-oranges
-half a lemon, you could use more but I used the other half in my water.
-cinnamon sticks
-palm full of cloves
Stovetop Potpourri
Throw all the ingredients in a stock pot, and cover with water. Set it on your back burner where it is out of the way and can just fumigate your house with its lovely aroma! 

I usually start my heat on a little higher just to get it going, then when it is almost at a boil I back it down to low. Set it and forget it. Well, don't forget it completely, no one needs a house fire. But you can just leave it simmering on your stove all day. 
DIY Potpourri
Actually, I have gotten this to last up to three days. By then the scent has pretty much been drained out of the pines. But for those couple days your house will smell amazing!! 

Have you ever done this? Are you a fan of stovetop potpourri? 







4 comments:

  1. This is such a smart idea, I absolutely love it.

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  2. I would imagine this to smell fantastic. And I am
    always such a fan of this sort of thing!!

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  3. Is it weird I wish I had a real tree just to make this potpurri?!

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  4. Our tree hasn't come down yet, but some time in the next few days, I'll be making this!

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