I love the smell the cinnamon! And oranges! and cloves! Here is a simple way to get these wonderful scents into your home!
These are great if you are looking for a few last minute gifts! They can be made quickly and easily. I made a few of these last year as gifts for my friends and gave one to my sister for her birthday this year. Then my sis asked me to make some for her friends as Christmas gifts! They are that good!! And so easy!
Here is what you will need:
- glass jar
- orange peels-I used 6 pieces for my size jar-I let them dry for a couple of days
- cinnamon sticks-2 sticks broken in half
- cloves-about 1 tsp.
- any other goodies you like, such as cranberries, evergreen, vanilla, ect.
This is what is looks like in the pot. I use a small crock pot that I can leave on when I am home and enjoy the smell all day. You can also use a small sauce pan on the stove and let it simmer, just be sure to regularly check the water level.
I started with some glass jars from Michaels. Since these were for a group, I did them all the same, but I have used a variety of jars in the past. Mason jars or spaghetti sauce jars or any other kind work just as well. I bought a few different ribbons to tie around the top. I put a small dot of hot glue on the back to hold the ribbon and then a little more on the front so it wouldn’t slip.
I tied the ribbon different ways. Some were a bow and some just crossed over each other. I added a little bell, that I already had, to each one tied on with bakers twine or plain twine.
Here is the jar filled with yummy goodness!
Here they are, almost ready to go! I will let the orange peels dry for a couple of days, add a tag with directions and they are ready to go to their new homes. I did end up adding some cranberries too. They looked really nice with a little touch of red.
You can customize these many different ways. They would make great gifts for teachers, co-workers or anyone who needs a little extra something. Have you ever mixed together different goodies for a simmer pot? What did you use? I would love to try some different scents!