DIY Ideas to Make Your House Smell Like Fall

fall-leavesFall is an all-sensory season! From the colors of the leaves as they fall to the chill in the air as we approach winter, the season gets to us from all angles. Fall fragrances also permeate each day — scents we want to bring in our homes. It’s easy enough to create a warm, cinnamony scent by baking an apple pie or pumpkin muffins, but, realistically speaking, you can’t do that every day. But there are other ways you can bring the fragrances of fall inside to help you get the most out of the season. Here are 4 DIY ideas to make your home smell like fall.

pomanderPomander Pomanders are easy to make at home and don’t require a lot of materials. All you need are whole cloves and an orange. Use the cloves to puncture the skin of the orange and leave it in there like a pushpin. Cover the orange with cloves — you can create little designs if you’re crafty! The pomander’s aesthetic may not suit your style, so you may want to tuck it out of sight while it creates fall scents for weeks.

Stove-Top Potpourri Stove-top potpourri is probably the easiest way to get the fall fragrance moving in your house. All you do is toss your ingredients in a sauce pan, cover it with water and let it simmer on low. You can let it go all day if you’re able to keep an eye on it and add water as it’s needed so it doesn’t burn.

Here are a few ideas for a few autumn blends:

Orange Appeal

  • 1 orange peel
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (break to release the scent)
  • 2 TB whole cloves
  • 1 TB nutmeg

Spiced Lemon

  • 1 lemon peel
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (break to release the scent)
  • 1 TB nutmeg
  • 1 TB allspice

Apple Aura

  • 3 Cinnamon sticks (break to release the scent)
  • 1 apple sliced
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 TB whole cloves
  • 1 TB nutmeg
  • 1 TB allspice

DIY-CandleDIY Candles and Tarts DIY scented candles and tarts for tart warmers are surprisingly easy to make. Basically, you get paraffin wax and wicks from a craft store and jars or old glasses of your choosing (thrift stores are good for this). Heat the wax in a double boiler, while the wax is melting, secure the wick in your jar and keep it straight by tying it to a popsicle stick or chopstick to suspend it over the jar (to keep it in place while the wax cools and hardens). When you add your scents, you’ll want to put them in by layers — put a little bit of your scented material in and then pour in a little bit of wax and repeat this until your jar is as full as you want it.

Ideas for autumn blends:

Vanilla Latte

  • Whole Coffee Beans
  • Chopped Vanilla Beans

Vanilla Spice

  • Chopped Vanilla Beans
  • Gnd Cinnamon
  • Gnd Cloves

Autumn Spice

  • Gnd Ginger
  • Gnd Cinnamon
  • Gnd Cloves

Pumpkin Spice

  • Gnd cinnamon
  • Gnd ginger
  • Gnd nutmeg
  • Gnd cloves
  • Gnd allspice

DIY Dried Potpourri DIY dried potpourri is pretty easy to put together. Take all the items that make fall smell so good, and toss them together to leave in little bowls throughout your house to keep it smelling delightful throughout the holidays. You can mix and match a few dried elements and add a few drops of essential oils like cedarwood and pine to  give it a long-lasting fall fragrance:Pot-pourri

  • Dried Orange slices
  • Dried Apple slices
  • Pine cones
  • Dried Juniper berries
  • Whole cloves
  • Dried Rose hips
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Cinnamon sticks

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5 thoughts on “DIY Ideas to Make Your House Smell Like Fall

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  2. Love the “recipes” for the potpourri….I made some myself….with the oranges….does make the house smell soooo good and “holiday ish”….Also good to wrap up in little bags and tuck in a basket of other little goodies for friends and family….

  3. I have always loved the scents and aromas of the holidays! My mother was famous for her hand dipped chocolates. The fabulous smells that emanated throughout our home, made by clove oranges, pine cones and freshly cut boughs…roasting nuts, fresh sliced coconut…warming chocolate. MAGIC…that ‘s it!

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