Thursday, November 6, 2014

Christmas Stove-top Scents {with free printables}



I started writing this post and it turned into another post of my trip back home!  But now I'm ready to write about Christmas scents.  My mom used to always save our orange peels and put them in a saucepan with cinnamon and simmer them in water.  Oh my.  I make my own every time I have left over orange peels or apple cores.  I feel like you can't have the holidays without the smell of the holidays.  It just doesn't work.

These stove-top scents make great gifts to give to neighbors, co-workers or as a give-away for an event.  I was going to use mason jars but when I was at Hobby Lobby, I found these adorable produce cartons in the paper crafting section.  I was instantly in love.  Could they be more perfect?  What better way to package produce than in a produce carton!  Here is an approximate run down of what everything cost: 

Cartons -$7.99 + 50% off = $4 for 9
Plastic Bag-$2.49/25
Oranges-.89/lb=$2.79
Apples- .99/lb= $2.00
Lemons- .79/ea x 3 = $2.37
Rosemary-free (clipped from a friends yard)
Vanilla Bean-$3.98/2 =$7.96
Cranberries - $2.49/bag
Cloves- (bought in bulk so they were about .25)
Cinnamon Sticks- $1/bag x 2= $2

Total=$26.35
Approximately $3 for 9

They aren't too expensive to make.  The price above includes 3 packages of each scent.  These were so fun to make, I can't wait to give them away!  The ingredients for each scent is below.

  
Christmas: cranberries, rosemary, orange, cinnamon sticks, cloves

I used a white cupcake wrapper to make little packets for the cloves. You can see it next to the orange in the picture below.



Apple Pie: apple, cinnamon, cloves
(I made this scent this afternoon and put a few cranberries in it.  It smelled SO good!)


Sonoma: rosemary, lemon and vanilla bean

Vanilla beans are NOT cheap.  I paid $3.98 for 2 at Winco, which is actually a pretty good price for what it is.  I didn't research how much they were at other places but I thought it was a good deal.





Have fun making these!  Below are the chalkboard tags.  I used red and white bakers twine (my new obsession) to tie them.

Printables:
Apple Pie
Sonoma
Christmas

23 comments:

  1. Do you place the fruit whole in the package? And does it need to be cut before it is placed in the saucepan? Thank you for your time! I love this idea!

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    1. Hey CrafyCollegeGirls! I place the fruit whole in the package and then cut it up before it goes into the saucepan!

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  2. Do they cut the orange up? Or is it just the peel?

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    1. The whole orange goes into the pan! You can always just put the peels in the pan if you can't resist eating the orange! Ha!

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    1. I used the biggest sized clear bags that I could find in the cake decorating aisle at Hobby Lobby!

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  4. Where did you buy the chalkboard labels?

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    1. Hi Marcia! I made them on the computer! They are available at the end of the post!

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  6. Where did you buy your cloves in bulk and and bags of cinnamon sticks?

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    1. I bought them in bulk from a store called WinCo. We have sections of Mexican spices at our grocery stores here in AZ and they have packages of cinnamon sticks that are pretty inexpensive.

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    2. Most grocery stores have these in the bulk foods section.

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  7. how much of each item did you use in cartons? Also, did you package them the night before since items are fresh? Thanks!

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    1. I believe I used about a 1/2 cup of whole fresh cranberries, maybe 6-8 cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks and 1 spring of rosemary! I just put whatever would fit inside the container!

      I actually packaged them a few days ahead of time. They stayed fresh for a few days! You can always refrigerate them!

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  8. What size are the containers? Pint? Quart?

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  9. I cannot find the green cardboard containers anywhere. Help!

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  10. I love this post & thank you so much for sharing! I was wondering how much cranberries, cloves, cinnamon sticks & rosemary you use for each container? Thank you for your time & have a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. I believe I used about a 1/2 cup of whole fresh cranberries, maybe 6-8 cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks and 1 spring of rosemary! I just put whatever would fit inside the container!

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    2. Thank you so much for responding, I greatly appreciate it! My daughter's & I are so excite to make these as gifts for our neighbors. Again have a Merry Merry Christmas!

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  11. I've been giving friends and family Christmas simmering potpourri for over twenty years. I use foil pans with cardboard foil coated lids that I buy at Gordon Food Service, runs about 85 cents each gift, and the advantage is that you can use the foil pan on a stovetop! When done, you can put the top back on and keep in the fridge. I do place a warning on my labels that the water level needs to be monitored. The used mix will last up to a week (maybe longer) if you refrigerate it (in it's own container, yay!) in between use. I use dried apples, dried oranges, dried cranberries, nutmeg (whole, cracked), allspice (whole), and cinnamon (sticks). By drying the ingredients I can make it weeks ahead of time!

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