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7 DIY Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays

Updated: Jun 26

The Holiday season is known for its cozy and comforting aromas. Here are seven DIY ideas to make your home smell like the holidays.

By: HomeFindss Editors


The sweet scents of pumpkin spice, baked apples, and warm cinnamon perfectly encompass the cozy, comforting feeling of fall. As temperatures begin to drop, incorporate these seasonal fragrances into your home for a boost of warmth and festive spirit. Although scented candles and store-bought air fresheners can closely mimic those classic autumn aromas, you can make your home smell like fall the natural way with the help of essential oils, real fruits, and whole spices. Mix up one of these DIY home scents for fall (or try one for each room) to fill your home with a cozy aroma in no time.

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1. DIY Pumpkin-Spice Room Spray

It wouldn't be fall without its most ubiquitous flavour pumpkin spice. Skip the latte and opt for a fragrant fall air freshener instead. To make your own pumpkin spice room spray, gather clove, ginger, orange, cardamom, and cinnamon essential oils. Add a few drops of each to one cup of distilled water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spritz the air freshener around the room as needed for a burst of fall fragrance.

2. DIY Fall Reed Diffuser

Reed diffusers double as decor and air fresheners, but the store-bought versions can be pricey. To make your own fall diffuser, add a blend of baby oil and essential oils to a glass bottle or jar. For a small container, you'll need about one teaspoon of essential oils (you can use any combination that reminds you of fall). For a citrusy seasonal blend, try combining bergamot, lemon, and wintergreen. Place rattan reeds into your DIY diffuser to disperse the fall fragrance.

3. DIY Fall Simmer Pot

For a simple scented blend that lasts for hours, try stovetop potpourri. A classic fall simmer pot includes apples, oranges, and cinnamon sticks, but you can also add other spices like cloves, vanilla extract, or star anise. If you'd rather eat the fruits, using strips of the peels works just as well as whole-cut slices. Bring ingredients to a boil in a pot or slow cooker, then reduce to a simmer and let the aroma fill your home.

4. Scented Pinecones

Collect pinecones from your backyard, and place them in a large Ziploc bag. Add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil, seal the bag, and shake gently. Leave it overnight, and the pinecones will absorb the scent. Display them in a bowl or hang them as rustic decorations.

5. Coffee Ground Candle Holder

Empty coffee grounds into a glass jar or container. Insert a tealight candle in the middle and light it. As the candle burns, it will release the comforting scent of coffee throughout your space.

6. Essential Oil Diffuser

Invest in an essential oil diffuser and create your own fall-inspired blends. Combine oils like cinnamon, clove, orange, vanilla, and pine to achieve a warm and inviting autumn aroma.

7. Baking Fall Treats

Nothing beats the comforting scent of freshly baked goods. Whip up some fall-themed treats like apple pie, pumpkin bread, or cinnamon cookies. The aroma will waft through your home, creating a cozy and sweet atmosphere.

Creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere in your home is an essential part of embracing the fall season. Remember, these DIY ideas not only make your home smell like fall but also add a touch of warmth and coziness to your space. Enjoy the delightful scents of the season! By using these DIY scents, you can fill every room with the comforting smells of fall, from pumpkin spice to cinnamon. So why not give it a try and see how these natural scents can transform your home into a warm and inviting sanctuary for the season?

Feeling inspired? Check out Quick and Simple Ways to Make Your Home Feel Like Fall for more ideas on how to make your home look like fall. Get creative and have fun filling your space with the scents of the season!


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