DIY Stovetop Potpourri

DIY Stovetop Potpourri

After the holidays are over I begin to miss the smells of pine, cinnamon and cranberry but am also looking forward to sunny, spring days ahead. I love to create a little DIY stovetop potpourri to bring in some of my favorite scents and intoxicate the house with delicious aromas.   

The past few months are generally a bit more stressful, thus I love to look for the simpler things in life. If you haven’t tried making your own DIY stovetop potpourri, it’s something you must try and then you’ll realize just how easy it is and you’ll be doing it all the time! 

I wanted our house to smell cozy and warm since it is winter, but also refreshingly clean like I just threw open the windows on the first day of spring. Since I was at the grocery store, I grabbed a bag of lemons and some cinnamon sticks and the rest of the ingredients I already had at home in the pantry. 

Stovetop Potpourri a simple DIY

Homemade Potpourri

I let this simmer in the kitchen all afternoon and it isn’t until you leave the room and walk back in that you say “OH MY GOODNESS” the house smells amazing! It’s like you’ve been burning 15 candles all over the home of the most clean, citrusy, warm vanilla scent. The best part is that you can reuse it over and over again throughout the week by simply storing it in the fridge and adding it back to the pot with more water to simmer. If need be, add a touch more seasoning to freshen it up. How easy is that?!?

Ingredients for stovetop potpourri


DIY Stovetop Potpourri


  • 3 lemons, sliced 
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary 
  • 3 cinnamon sticks 
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp nutmeg 
  • 4 drops citrus fresh essential oil (optional) 
  • 7 cups water (for a 6 quart pot) 


  1. In a large saucepan, add lemon slices, rosemary, cinnamon stick, vanilla extract and essential oil. Fill with enough water to fill pot with 2 inches of standing water. 
  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer. Let simmer to extract aromas. Add more water when necessary. 
  3. When finished, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use throughout the week. 

Add cinnamon to your stovetop potpourri for a cozy scent

DIY Stovetop Potpourri

Written By : Kristin Mansky