An all-natural fall stove top potpourri recipe that evokes all the favorite scents of fall and can be easily made in just a few minutes.
Cooler temperatures, crunchy leaves in deep, rich earthy colors, thick sweaters, pumpkin everything, daily boot-wearing, and the warm, spicy scents of fall are some of the biggst reasons I eagerly await fall each year.
If you’re crazy for fall too, then you will be just as excited about this fall potpourri as I am. It’s a wonderful, all-natural way to bring the fresh smell of fall right into your home.
Creating that perfect fall smell that wafts through your home and makes you want to start baking apple pies and get cozy under a warm blanket is surprisingly easy to achieve.
All it takes is a few natural items, many of which you probably already have in your home, and a small saucepan to make a fall potpourri on stove.
Make this simmering potpourri for fall and your house will be smelling like the perfect fall day faster than you can say pumpkin spice!
Fall Stove Top Potpourri Recipe
- 1 apple
- 1 orange
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 Tbsp. cloves
- 2 whole nutmegs, cut in half (you could also substitute 1 tsp. powdered nutmeg or just leave it out altogether)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Prep the Potpourri Recipe Ingredients
Slice the apple and orange in thin slices, then place in the bottom of a medium-sized saucepan.
Add the other ingredients, then add enough water to cover them.
Simmering the Potpourri
Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. I like to use a wood spoon to gently push on the ingredients with a wood spoon to break them down a little and help release their oils.
Simmer the fall stove top potpourri mixture, checking on it occasionally to make sure there is still water.
When the water gets low, you can either add more to keep your house smelling like fall, or turn it off and throw away the ingredients.
Better yet, add the used fall potpourri ingredients to your compost pile, since they’re all natural!
You’ll be amazed at how powerful this lovely DIY potpourri scent is and how your house is transformed into a crisp fall day. The bright citrus mixed with the earthy, spicy cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg in this potpourri recipe make for the perfect scent of fall.
My daughter came home when I was simmering and testing my homemade fall potourri stove top recipe, and before she even saw what I was doing she asked why it smelled like fall. Success!
More favorite fall ideas-
- Fall Bucket List Ideas + FREE Printables
- Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Recipe
- Turkey Cheeseball Recipe
- AirStone Fireplace Makeover
Originally posted in August 2016, updated in October 2018.