Ask any Christmas lover what their favorite part of the season is, and chances are, “scent” will come up as one of their top three faves. From freshly baked Christmas cookies to a sappy Christmas tree to those ridiculously fake cinnamon-smelling pinecones, the holidays are all about the smells. Unless you plan on baking treats for the entire week — and if you are, we’re coming over right now — here are 13 DIY ways to keep your house smelling as festive as you’re feeling.
1. Mulled Apple Cider: Our recipe for mulled cider serves double duty. Whip up a batch and your home will smell amazing, and you’ll have a cozy beverage to enjoy along with your Netflix binge. (via Brit + Co)
3. Stove Top Potpourri: If you like candles, you’ll love this potpourri. The best part is that you can use whatever you have on hand, although the must-haves are cinnamon, citrus, ginger and vanilla. (via Half Baked Harvest)
4. Cinnamon Scented Ornaments: A dash of cinnamon scent in this clay recipe makes these smell so good. Add some scent to a fake tree or really win at gift wrapping by using these as gift toppers. (via Northstory)
6. Orange Clove Centerpiece: Flowers tend to fade quickly, but this simple centerpiece will last all week long. Mix greenery, pinecones and clove-studded oranges for a festive platter that also smells delicious. (via Let’s Mingle)
9. Pinecone Scented Soy Candle: The best part of having a freshly cut tree in your home is the smell. Make that holiday smell stick around a little longer with these all-natural pine-scented candles. (via Evermine)
10. Pomegranate and Cranberry Stovetop Potpourri: Artificial cinnamon scent has a certain charm, but nothing beats the natural deliciousness of actual spices brewing away in the kitchen. (via Boxwood Avenue)
11. Layered Candles: Peppermint tops off these DIY votives, but you can customize the layers with your favorite essential oils. Best of all, making your own candles is super easy. Last-minute gifts, anyone? (via Hello Natural)
12. Cinnamon-Scented Fabric Ornaments: Sneak a favorite seasonal fragrance into your Christmas decor by adding cinnamon-scented ornaments to your tree. You could also use these to your linen closet to lend a Christmassy scent to your guest towels. (via eHow)
13. Stovetop Potpourri Gifts: These scent recipes are sweet, festive and really inexpensive, especially if you have a pine tree in your yard. Mix up the ratio to get the perfect scent for you. (via Delia Creates)
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