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Potpourri with Dried Orange Slices

on November 15, 2016

This is the time of year where we’re heading to so many parties and gatherings, sometimes it’s hard to find something new and different to bring for a host/hostess gift. How many times can you bring a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers before you just get tired of bringing the same old thing (I think the hostess is tired of getting the same old thing, too!). Let’s up the creativity a bit and bring something a little bit different. The recipe for today isn’t really a recipe, but it is a great thing to have on hand for a hostess gift. You can make up a big batch of this Potpourri with Dried Orange Slices, put it in jars, decorate it with a pretty ribbon, and you’re all ready to grab one running out the door to your next party. In addition to being easy to put together, it smells amazing and it’s really pretty.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Potpourri with Dried Orange Slices

Mix together:

pinecones (I used 2 different kinds)

dried orange slices

cinnamon sticks

bay leaves

whole cloves

allspice berries

Combine and store in jars.


Gather all of your ingredients. These are the things I used, but you can alter this to incorporate anything that smells good or looks good. You could put some small gourds in this for Thanksgiving or maybe some small glass Christmas ornaments for a Christmas batch.


I confiscated these pinecones from the neighbor’s yard. Go outside and see what you can find: rosehips, seed pods, anything dried.


Spices are what makes this potpourri smell good. Star anise would also be great in potpourri. You could also put in a few drops of essential oil for more scent.


I like the smell of dried bay leaves and they add nice texture. Dried citrus slices add a bit of color. I used oranges, but lemons or limes would be pretty, too.


To dry the citrus, slice the orange thinly and drain a bit on a paper towel. The less moisture you have, the faster they dry. The first time I tried this I cut the slices too thick and after 6 hours in the oven, they weren’t dry yet. Thinner is better.


Put the slices on a non stick pad or parchment paper. Into the oven at 170 degrees for an hour (that’s as low as my oven goes). Turn the slices over and go another hour. You may need more time, depending on your oven and the thickness of the orange slices. If they’re in the oven too long, they’ll turn brown, so keep an eye on them after the 2 hours. Let them cool and you have pretty dried slices for potpourri or crafting.


Mix everything together in a bowl and you’re done!


You can package this up in a glass jar for gift giving. Add a pretty ribbon and there you go!


I just love that this is an all natural, non-commercial thing.


This is so pretty to have sitting out anywhere in your home.


I love to fun my hand through the potpourri and let the scent waft through the living room. It has a nice light scent that will last throughout the winter. I think this is a different kind of hostess gift and it will be VERY well received. And, I mean, how easy is that? Ridiculously easy and fun to put together. Just gather the pretty and scented things and jar them up. Now put on a pretty ribbon. Done. Now get out there and party cuz you have this covered.


One response to “Potpourri with Dried Orange Slices

  1. […] handy for when we need just a little something special. The tall glass container is holding my Potpourri with Dried Orange Slices that I made last fall, which is both pretty to look at and also has a wonderful scent – both […]

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