Homemade Potpourri

potpourri in a bowl

How to Make Homemade Potpourri

Looking for a unique gift idea to congratulate someone on their new home? Create your own potpourri as a special housewarming gift. Gather your ingredients at Publix and follow these easy steps to create a thoughtful, warm, and deliciously scented gift.


  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Parchment paper
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole star anise
  • Whole cloves
  • Bay leaves


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1. Preheat oven to 200°F.
2. Slice the apple, orange, and lemon thinly, about 1/4-inch.

3. Place fruit in a single layer on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
4. Bake for two hours.*


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5. Remove the fruit from the oven and allow them to cool to finish the drying process.

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6. Arrange the dried fruit with cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, and bay leaves in a decorative bowl or jar.


Oven temperatures may vary and fruits may take longer or shorter to dry depending on their moisture content. Keep an eye on them during the process to make sure that they do not burn.

*Bake longer if not dried after two hours.