Christmas Decorations

18 DIY Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas

Because your nose wants in on the holiday cheer, too. Fill your house with all your favorite holiday scents.

1- Orange and Balsam Simmering Potpourri

For a refreshing scent that will cozy up your house on a cold winter night, try simmering thick cuts of citrus with several sprigs of fresh balsam and rosemary.

2- Balsam Fir Scented Sachets

Put your Christmas tree trimmings to good use by stuffing them inside scraps of fabric! These DIY sachets are great holiday fresheners for drawers and closets.

3- Stovetop Potpourri

Share your favorite holiday scents by gifting loved ones with homemade potpourri in a jar. Blogger Delia features three beautiful yet inexpensive combinations that not only look pretty, but smell divine once you’ve heated them up.

4- Old-Fashioned Holiday Garland

Invite your children to join in on making this fun, vintage holiday garland! First, bake thin slices of fruit in the oven. For the gingerbread men, mix cinnamon, cloves, and applesauce into a pliable clay. Once everything has dried, string the pieces on a strand of twine.

5- Scented Cinnamon Ornaments

It’s time to bring back these traditional Christmas ornaments! For the dough, use applesauce, glue, and cinnamon. Once you’ve transferred the mixture onto a sheet of parchment paper, use your favorite cookie cutters to get the shapes you want. Finally, decorate with fabric paint, and you’re left with durable tree decorations that also smell delicious.

6- DIY Scented Pine Cones

Collect a bunch of fallen pinecones from your backyard and spray them with cinnamon-scented oil and gather in a decorative bowl. Once dry, the saturated pinecones will fill your home with a warm, spicy aroma.

7- Simmering Christmas Pot

There is no easier way to get ready for Christmas than by simmering a pot of delicious-smelling holiday ingredients on the back burner of your stove. The best thing about this potpourri recipe is that you can use whatever you have on hand!

8- DIY Fresh Sage Wreath

All you need for this simple holiday craft is a generous amount of fresh sage and a styrofoam wreath. Hang the results with a thick grosgrain ribbon above your kitchen entryway for a festive and aromatic decoration.

9- DIY Aromatic Wax Firestarters

Throw a wax firestarter filled with aromatic whole spices and herbs into your fireplace for an elevated living room experience.

10- DIY Scented Ornaments

These Christmas-scented ornaments can also be used as fancy, personalized gift tags. Simply heat the materials in a small saucepan, transfer onto a baking sheet, and use your favorite stamp to create an impression in the dough.

11- Green & Red Wax Melts

Wax melts are a great alternative to candles: Just place in a bowl and melt ’em down. Flame-free and easy to make, these cubes are vanilla-scented and make for a great gifts.

12- DIY Applesauce Cinnamon Spice Pomanders and Acorns

Blogger Lisa offers a spicy, cinnamon applesauce dough recipe that smells great and can be used in a variety of ways. Shape into acorns and pomanders for a seasonal decoration, or string them with dried orange slices for a rustic Christmas garland.

13- A Winter Recipe

Bring the woodsy smell of a winter forest into your home by slowly simmering pine needles, berries, and cinnamon in an enamel pot.

14- DIY Homemade Lavender Rosemary Candles

These homemade soy candles are a breeze to make and will burn for longer than regular, store-bought ones. Plus, you can customize the strength of the smell by adjusting the amount of essential oils you put into the wax.

15- DIY Essential Oil Ornament

For pretty Christmas ornaments that smell as good as they look, try adding essential oils and chunks of whole spices into clear glass balls, which you can find at any craft store.

16- Stove Top Potpourri

Spread the holiday spirit in your home by heating up an effortless concoction of apples, orange peels, cloves, and cinnamon sticks.

17- DIY Pine Scented Soy Candles

If you’re hosting a Christmas party this year, hand out these adorable DIY candles as favors. Not only will guests be impressed, they’ll love the invigorating pine scent once they get home.

18- Mason Jar Oil Candle

Is there anything you can’t make with a Mason jar?! Now you can burn a candle filled with a few of your favorite Christmas scents.