Sure, the holidays are a feast for the eyes (twinkling Christmas lights, beautiful wreaths), and your taste buds (cookies!), but if you forget about your nose, you’re skipping a seriously festive part of the season. Try these homemade ways to surround yourself in cozy, friendly scents in this year.
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. Get the tutorial at Mother Thyme.
Pine Simmer Pot
For a less sweet take on the simmer pot, try one with pine branches as the main ingredient (and fool yourself into thinking you bought a real tree this year). Get the tutorial at Make + Haus.
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. Get the tutorial at The Glitter Guide.
Dried Fruit + Nut Potpourri
Making your own potpourri is fun because you can really customize it using elements from your yard or garden. Using dried fruit and nuts creates a pleasant scent and an array of colors and textures that makes a perfect gift. Get the tutorial at Hello Glow.
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. Get the tutorial at Cook Quilt Make and Bake.
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. Get the tutorial at 5 Orange Potatoes.
Layered Scent Holiday Candles
Each colorful layer is a different scent, so you can customize this soy wax candle to your favorite holiday fragrance. Get the tutorial at Hello Glow.
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. Get the tutorial at Brit + Co.