How To Make Instant Pot Christmas Potpourri

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Did you know you can make Potpourri in your Instant Pot?! This Instant Pot Christmas Potpourri will fill your home with sweet Christmasy aromas.

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Instant Pot Christmas Potpourri

I love Christmas time! From the holiday baking to the fresh cut tree, and the Christmas smells that fill the air, Christmas always brings back fond memories. And one of my favorite smells of the season is this Instant Pot Christmas Potpourri.

Made with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, rosemary, cloves, and cranberries, this Christmas potpourri is the perfect way to make your home smell like the holidays. The aroma sweeps through the house making it feel warm and cozy.

Making Christmas potpourri in the Instant Pot is the perfect way to bring all your favorite scents together in no time at all. Not only is it easy to make, but it makes a great gift idea for friends and family as well.

Instant Pot Christmas Potpourri

Instant Pot Christmas Potpourri Ingredients

To make your Christmas aroma, you will need fruits and sweet spices. You probably already have most of these ingredients already. Here’s what you need:

  • Holiday fruit– You will need an orange, a lemon, and a whole cup of cranberries to make this Christmas aroma.
  • Spices– Sweet spices like ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and rosemary really bring out the aromas.
  • Cinnamon sticks– I love the sweet smell of cinnamon. It really brings out the holiday spirit. For the best aroma, make sure you get fresh cinnamon sticks.
  • Bay leaves– A few bay leaves help to absorb the aromas of the fruit and spices so the scent lasts longer.
  • Vanilla– I used vanilla extract. It really pulls together all the different smells.
  • Water

Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of exact ingredients!

Instant Pot Christmas Potpourri Ingredients

How to Make Instant Pot Christmas Potpourri

For this recipe, you can prepare the jars to give as gifts, or you can jump right into the wintery aromas with your Instant Pot!

Step 1: Slice the Fruit

First, slice the lemons and the oranges into 1/4-inch slices. Put them in a 32 ounce jar.


Step 2: Add Spices

Next, add the ginger, nutmeg, cloves, rosemary, cinnamon sticks and bay leaves to the jar so that they are evenly distributed.

If you aren’t ready to make your house smell yummy, seal the jar and store it, or gift it.


Step 3: Add to instant pot

If you are ready for your winter aromas, add the contents of the jar into the Instant Pot along with 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vanilla per jar.


Step 4: Boil Christmas Potpourri

Next, press the sauté or sear button and bring the contents of the jar to a boil.

Step 5: Keep Warm

Once boiling, set instant pot to warm and enjoy the fall smells. Leave the lid off. Add water as needed.

Instant Pot Christmas Potpourri

If you want the aroma in another room, simply pop the mixture into a jar and place in a safe place where you need it. The smell with last 2-4 days.

Can I Make It In the Slow Cooker?

Absolutely! You would follow the steps above, and then add all of your ingredients into your slow cooker. Set the slow cooker to high, leave the lid off, and enjoy the fall smells.

Can I Make Christmas Potpourri on the Stove?

Yep! This recipe is totally versatile. Simply add all the contents to a pot, bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and enjoy the aromas. Add more water as needed to continue filling your home with Christmas scents.

Instant Pot Christmas Potpourri

How Long Does the Potpourri Last?

The sweet Christmasy aromas last several hours after you begin simmering it. However, if you use the same potpourri, you can get sweet aromas for up to 4-days. Just be sure to keep an eye on the water level, adding water when it gets low so it doesn’t burn.

How to Give Christmas Potpourri as a Gift

If you plan to give this Christmas potpourri as a gift, you will want to keep the fruit and spices in a 32 ounce mason jar. Decorate your jar with red ribbon, canning lid stickers, Christmas stickers a Christmas quote, or a greeting. Don’t forge to attach the directions for adding water, vanilla, and simmering. If you are making it ahead of time, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before giving.

Yield: 2 jars

Instant Pot Christmas Potpourri

instant pot pot potpourri

Make gorgeous smelling instant potpourri today!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of ground nutmeg
  • 5 sticks of cinnamon
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 tablespoons of vanilla


  1. Slice the lemons and the oranges in 1/4-inch slices
  2. Add ingredients to a 32oz jar evenly dispersed. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. Add contents of jar into instant pot and set to sauté. Add 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vanilla per jar and bring to a boil. 
  4. Once boiling, set instant pot to warm and enjoy the fall smells. Leave the lid off. Add water as needed.

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Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!


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