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DIY: Fall Potpourri Party Favors (Autumn in a Jar)

Scents tend to bring back memories of seasons the most. Lemonade brings back memories of summer, the smell of cocoa reminds me of Christmas, and cinnamon smells like the Autumn/Halloween season. This potpourri recipe encompasses all of the scents of autumn in a jar, including cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, plus some apple and oranges. It would make a great party favor for this fall, and a fun gift for family and friends. It’s very easy, and the finished product looks really cute. Click the “read more” for a list of materials, and free downloadable labels.


  • Glass jar (if you’re trying to save money, you could wrap the potpourri in a scrap of fabric or a coffee filter)
  • Coffee  filter
  • Thick yarn or string
  • 2 Whole nutmegs
  • 8 Cinnamon sticks
  • Red Delicious Apple
  • Orange
  • 4 Tablespoons whole cloves
  • Downloadable lables


  1. To dry out the apples and oranges: Slice the apple into paper thin slices. For the oranges, peel off the outer peel and try to shave off as much of the white pulp as possible, and julienne into long strips. Lay the apples and oranges on a cookie sheet. Put them in the oven at 170 degrees for 45 minutes. Then let them lay out on your counter for a couple of days.
  2.  Place the two nutmegs, four cinnamon sticks, and three Tablespoons of cloves into a strong bag or pillow case. Then take the bag outside and smash it all together with a hammer until the ingredients are ground up into small pieces.
  3. Divide the crushed mixture among your jars. Then, break the remaining 4 cinnamon sticks (in half or thirds) and divide them with the dried out apples and oranges among the jars. Lastly, add the remaining 1 Tablespoon of cloves to your jars.
  4. For the top of the jar, get brown coffee filters (or die white ones with herbal tea).  Tie the filters to the top of the jar and cut off the excess.
  5. Print off the downloadable labels here to either stick to your jar or tie to the top.

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