Having your house smelling good is always a great choice: it can lift up your spirits, make the guests feel more welcome and make everything feel cozier and lighter. Instead of getting store-bought scents that are full of chemicals, make your own with these incredible DIY recipes and with natural ingredients that you can easily come by.
Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains. -Diane Ackerman
Lemon and Rosemary Simmering Potpourri
This Lemon and Rosemary Simmering Potpourri is a wonderful option to make your house smell sensational. The calming and soothing scent will make your house feel like a spa, providing you with a relaxation feel much needed during any time of year. In the ingredients list, you’ll use a mix of sliced lemon, a large sprig of rosemary, a few cinnamon sticks, and a dash of vanilla, simmering with a couple cups of water. It will last a few days and the smell will transport you to the spa!
Cinnamon Scented Pinecones
These Cinnamon Scented Pinecones are perfect for the season! To make your own, first collect your pine cones and clean them off by letting them soak in water. Some people like to bake them in the oven so they can open, but we don’t recommend it since pinecones are good fire starters, so avoid causing any problems by skipping the step. Make sure they’re dry and place them in a large zip-lock bag. Now to the fun part: mix cinnamon scented oil to water (equal parts), and spray the pinecones with the mix until they’re quite wet or sprinkle about 30 drops of your favorite essential oils - you can mix cinnamon oil with clove oil for a good holiday smell, for example - inside the bag and give it a good shake. Place the bag where it won’t be disturbed and let it sit for one to two weeks. After that, they’re ready to be displayed and make your house smell amazing!
DIY Aromatic Wax Fire Starters
An easy way to make your house smell incredible is by using these Aromatic Wax Fire Starters. After placing paper muffin liners in a muffin pan, start by filling the papers with scented ingredients, such as bay leaves, mini pinecones, cinnamon sticks, dried rosemary, and whole cloves. Then, nestle a piece of cotton wick into the center of each well and pour the melted wax into each one of the muffin liners, making sure the items are partially submerged. After letting them cool completely, they are ready to use and you can store them in a tin or jar. Just place one in the bottom of a fireplace between the logs and light the wick! Just be sure to use these fire starters only in traditional fireplaces or outdoor campfires - do not use them in gas fireplaces or wood-burning stoves.
DIY Homemade Scented Candles
Scented candles are one of the most popular ways to make your house smell wonderful, so why don’t you make your own homemade scented candles? This simple 30-min DIY from Live Simply is easy to do and the result is this amazingly scented candle that you can use to scent your house or gift friends and family. I know it looks complicated and expensive, but I guarantee you it’s just the opposite!
Potpourri with Dried Fruit + Nuts
Potpourri is a great option to make your house smell wonderfully, but store-bought options are full of artificial scents that can be overpowering. So why don’t you make your own? It’s very easy! For the ingredients, you can use:
- Dried fruit slices, like orange and apples
- Whole nuts with shells
- Cinnamon sticks
- Bay leaves
- Pine cones
- Whole cloves
- Juniper berries
- Dried rose hips
- Essential oils, like cedar wood, clove, cinnamon, orange, pine, etc.
Make your own according to your personal preferences and with ingredients that you can easily come by, making the potpourri personalized and just perfect for your house.
DIY Room Spray
A room spray is one of the best options to perfume your house: it’s practical and versatile; you can use it whenever guests are over or whenever you feel like it. Making your own room spray is even a better choice, to avoid all those artificial scents that are in store-bought options and you can make it more personalized to your preference. The instructions are not as complicated as you may think - actually it’s pretty simple! You can check out the steps over at Design Love Fest to make it yourself!
DIY Scented Wax Sachets
These incredible aromatics bars are a modern take on fabric sachets. They work just as great and look beautiful. There are a few (expensive) options to buy from online, but this how-to shows you how you can make your own completely perfume-free, using pure essential oils and beeswax. You can hang them in your bathroom or bedroom so you can experience the amazing scent and decorate a room!
DIY Fresh Sage Wreath
This amazing DIY from Handmade in The Heartland works as a beautiful decoration and as a great option to make your house smell wonderfully. The instructions are easy and you can make it with other herbs too, in case you have a good bush on your backyard! Take the time and make it really full and it will look incredible!
If you enjoy burning incense within your home, this is your best option. Making your own cinnamon incense is easy and cheap, it will enchant the guests and make your house smell great. Get the detailed instructions here and make your own!
Spiced Orange Pomander Balls
These Spiced Orange Pomander Balls are the perfect craft for this time of the year. They’re super easy, can be done in just a few minutes, and they make your house smell sensational! To make them, you can use the corner of a citrus zester to make the designs on the skin of a firm, fresh citrus fruit like an orange, poke a few holes with a toothpick, and insert whole cloves. Isn’t it easy? You can also roll the pomanders in ground spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, or cardamom for extra fragrance.
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