Looking for a DIY last minute Christmas gift? You’ve come to the right place! This stovetop pot pourri kit may be put together just days before Christmas, yet it’s a gift any homemaker would love to receive.
Trust me, I know the feeling of waiting way too long to buy Christmas gifts. Honestly, there’s so many people to keep track of and so many events happening. Plus, I’m trying my hardest to prepare my home for Christmas before the day actually comes. It’s not hard to believe that details just easily slip your mind this time of year!
Every year I tell myself things will be different. Each year, however, I end up falling into the same trap. There’s only days left until Christmas and of course I need gifts. That’s when I start to tap into my creative side. I try to conjure up ideas of DIY gifts that will be simple yet enjoyable for the receiver. Of course I want to give something that people will enjoy and that shows my love for them!
So, this year I decided to make these adorable stovetop simmer pot kits. They are the perfect last minute Christmas gift. Actually, they make a lovely gift in general! Each kit is affordable to make, only takes a few supplies and just a few minutes to put together. Pot pourri kits make great gifts for women who love a good-smelling home while wanting to keep it all natural and non-toxic.
Why you will love this last minute Christmas gift
- It’s easy. The whole point of a last minute Christmas gift is that it needs to be easy. This simmer pot is exactly that! Seriously, you only need about 5-10 minutes to put this gift together and then wrap it nicely.
- It’s affordable. The most expensive items will probably be the spices or citrus fruits. However, you may also already have those items on hand! My local bargain grocery store had TONS of cinnamon sticks for sale which sparked this idea in the first place. Look out for those seasonal deals and discounts!
- It looks beautiful. If you’re like me, then half of the fun of gift giving is making them look pretty! Arranging these pot pourri kits is so fun because it looks quite festive. Add a cute bow or some twine to finish it off. How cute is that?!
- It’s all natural and non-toxic. Right now, many people are concerned about the toxicity of candles. Despite the concern, people still want a house that smells good. This is a perfect solution because all of the ingredients are pure and natural. The aroma from a DIY simmer pot will be fresh and calming without bringing any potential side effects.
- It’s thoughtful. Though this may be a last minute Christmas gift, it’s still a gift with great thoughtfulness. If you make this you are putting time and energy into your gift giving. It’s also a great way to say you care about the home, health and well-being of whoever you choose to give it to.
Supplies you may need
Fresh pine clippings
Small mason jar
Handmade or printed label/gift tag
Twine or ribbon
Small treat bags (optional)
DIY pot pourri kit tutorial
Now, with all of your ingredients gathered, it’s time to start this last minute Christmas gift project. First, pour a generous amount of whole cloves into the empty mason jar. Putting these on the bottom guarantees you’ll be able to see those beautiful spices.
Second, add in some cinnamon sticks.
Third, pour fresh cranberries around the cinnamon sticks to fill in empty gaps.
Before the jar gets too full, add in fresh pine clippings. Then, go back in with the cranberries and fill in extra space throughout the jar and at the top of the jar.
Tightly seal the mason jar lid. If you’d like, you can also add a handful of ground cinnamon to a small treat bag. Also, punch a hole in the card you either printed or made. Success! A DIY pot pourri kit is finished and ready to be wrapped.
How to wrap a pot pourri kit
Wrapping the pot pourri kit is the fun part! When you give something so beautiful, people won’t even know it was a last minute Christmas gift!
First, cut a long piece of twine. If you made a small treat bag with cinnamon, fold that up and tape it to the lid of the jar. After that, find the middle of the twine and place it in the middle of the lid. Fold either end under the bottom of the jar. Then, wrapping each end around one another, bring them back up around the opposite “sides” of the jar to the top.
At this point you’re going to thread the twine through the tag. Tie off the ends in a lovely bow and add in a small clipping of fresh pine for some color.
And…it’s finished! Your DIY last minute Christmas gift is complete. Let me know in the comments how yours turned out and who you plan to give it to! I’d love to hear about their reaction.
- Cinnamon sticks
- Whole cloves
- Fresh pine clippings
- Fresh cranberries
- Ground cinnamon (optional)
- Small mason jar
- Ribbon or twine
- Hole puncher
- Handmade or printed label/gift tag
- Small treat bag (optional)
- Add a layer of cloves to the bottom of the mason jar. Make sure there's enough to fully cover the bottom.
- Add in some cinnamon sticks.
- Place fresh cranberries in some of the empty spaces throughout the bottom of the mason jar.
- Before the jar gets too full, add in fresh pine clippings.
- Finish it off by adding in more cranberries and cloves to fill awkward empty space and also at the top of the jar. If you'd like, add a handful of ground cinnamon to a small treat bag.
- Tightly seal the lid. Fold up the treat bag and tape that to the top of the lid.
- Next, you can either get a pre-made tag or make your own. I just used some card stock and a sharpie to write my own little tag and ingredients list to add. Punch a hole in the corner of the tag and ingredients list if you have one.
- Starting on top of the mason jar, take the middle point of the twine and place that in the middle of the mason jar lid. Then, wrap both ends of the twine under the bottom of the jar. Twist the two ends around each other and bring them back up the other 2 sides of the jar, so each "side" of the jar has a piece of twine. At the top, thread the twine through the gift tag and tie off the ends in a bow.
- Additionally, add in a small pine clipping for some color and cuteness.
- Your last minute, DIY pot pourri Christmas gift kit is ready to go!
- Fresh citrus also works great for a DIY pot pourri kit. If you have larger mason jars you can use a whole orange. Or, just add in orange peels. Apple slices also work great and look beautiful.
- It may be helpful to have a tag that explains how to use the pot pourri kit in case the receiver has never done one of these before.
- If people are ingredient-conscious, you can also list out the ingredients you used on the gift tag.
- I suggest making more than one of these at once as it's easy to buy these supplies in bulk.
- You can also wrap the pot pourri kit in tissue paper. Simply place the jar in the middle of a piece of tissue paper and gather it around the jar until it comes together at the top. Secure it in place with twine and your tag.