Easy and simple Natural Ways to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas

I love when guests come over and say , “Mmm! Your house smells so clean and  amazing”! “What’s your secret?” It’s really not that hard to get your house to smell wonderfully delicious. Sometimes it’s because I’ve been baking, and other times it’s because I have a pot simmering on the stove.
Why fill your home with chemical filled plug-ins, toxic air freshener sprays and candles filled with paraffin.
Holidays are the perfect season to start making your own scents for the home. You can impress your friends and family  while creating the perfect scene for any Holiday occasion.
With these warm, comforting and easy cozy all natural scents I hope to  help bring extra holiday cheer into your home.  Don’t forget these are can be great Christmas gifts too.
From my home to yours!
Christmas Inspired Potpourri
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Potpourri not only makes  your home smell incredible, it can also act as a lovely focal point, adding to you Festive decorating efforts. These simple steps will make a Christmas inspired Potpourri, making your home smell and look lovely.
A few small pine cones
A couple of whole cinnamon sticks
Around 6 Star Anise
6 slices of dried orange slices
The orange slices are easy to make blot with kitchen roll to get rid of excess juice then place in the oven for 3 hours at 140°C (280°F), or 120°C (250°F) if fan assisted. keep an eye on them and don’t let them dry out completely before placing them in the arrangement.

Instructions:

Simply place all the above ingredients into a decorative bowl and arrange. You can also make this as a gift, if so why not arrange in a small basket and wrap in plastic cello-fame and tie a festive ribbon around the top.

Hosley’s Iron Ring Decorate Bowl – 16″ Long

IMAX Moody Swirl Glass Bowl

Homemade Potpourri Gift ( as a gift)

Ingredients
  • cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • star anise
  • oranges
  • apples
  • pine cones
  • plastic bags
  • cute tags
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Slice apples and oranges thin, really thin. Place in a single layer on cookie sheets and bake for an hour and a half, check every half hour thereafter. Once dry, mix with your spices. Jar and allow to “marinate” for a day before gifting.

 

 

Simmering Stovetop Potpourri
Recipe adapted by :

SMELLS OF THE SEASON

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1 cup of fresh cranberries
1 small orange
2-3 tablespoons cloves
1 vanilla bean (optional)
1 star anise (optional)
Freshly ground nutmeg
Slice the orange into quarters. Place all of the ingredients into a small saucepan. Fill the pan with water and simmer on low heat on your stove’s smallest burner.  Stir hourly and refill the water as needed. Over time, it will start to look like mucky berry sludge. But that’s okay. It’ll smell so good by then that you won’t care a bit!  Refrigerate the mixture after each use, adding water and reheating it for up to a month. As you do your holiday cooking, you may freshen the mixture by tossing in your leftover lemon and orange rinds or occasionally a handful of fresh cranberries. A few shakes or grinds of nutmeg.
Christmas Stovetop Potpourri 

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri

Recipe Adapted From Half Baked Harvest
 
Ingredients: 
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 3 tangerines, halved
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise 
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean + 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small branch fresh pine
  • 1 cup pomegranate 
  • water
 
Combine all ingredients in pot, filling 3/4 of the pot with water. Bring to boil, then turn down heat and allow to simmer for at least 4 hours. Continue to add water to the pot, as the liquid evaporates. You can let the pot cool down overnight, and reheat and simmer the next day, for a full weekend of Christmas goodness!
Christmas House Spray

This recipe and method was taken from The Complete Book of Essential Oils and AromatherapyIt’s quick, simple and can add a touch of Christmas instantly when needed in any room. A no-fuss option for making your home smell incredible!

Dilute the following in 1 ¼ cups of water in a glass spray bottle:

 Burn White Sage Smudge SticksNot only does the smell of white sage make you think of the stuffing in your Christmas dinner, it has also been celebrated as a herb that cleanses, purifies and heals the body. By burning white sage, you can expect to see and smell white smoke billowing out from it creating a festive and herbal delight. You can buy natural white sage bundles from this page on Amazon.

 

Orange Studded With Cloves

Pick an orange from your fruit bowl and a handful of cloves and stud the orange to make a sweet and festive scented center piece, perfect for any table.
Spray Your Christmas Tree
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Make your tree have that just cut aroma by combining a mixture of 1 cup water and 6 drops of essential oil of pine and adding to a glass spray bottle. This could be sprayed on either real or fake trees. You can have the authentic smell without the mess if you opt for a fake tree. Alternatively, when sprayed on real trees it emphasizes the smell and festive feel

Make Your Own Reed DiffuserReed diffusers gently perfume the air but they can also be incredibly expensive and often not made with natural ingredients. Not many people know just how easy they are to make, by using just a few ingredients and a few dollars, yours could turn out better than the store bought versions. Here’s how…

Materials:

Instructions:

Fill the reed diffuser bottle with water, add a few tablespoons of vodka and an essential oil of your choice. Use the ration of 12 drops of essential oil per 1/4 cup of water. Mix the ingredients together.

Boost pine cones

Sneak a favorite seasonal fragrance into your Christmas decor by spritzing cones with a cinnamon-scented oil.

Click on the links below to see how to make each one.

Old fashion holiday garland

scented cinnamon ornaments

Fresh sage wreath

aromatic wax fire starters

scented ornaments

wax melts

applesauce cinnamon and spice pomanders and acorn’s

lavender rosemary candles

Hot glue cinnamon sticks around a candle votive and add a ribbon detail. Cozy glow and a great smell too!

Hot glue cinnamon sticks around a candle votive and add a ribbon detail. Cozy glow and a great smell too!:

 

Make your house smell like CHRISTMAS! Just add cinnamon sticks, fresh oranges, cranberries, and rosemary, cover with water, and simmer on the stove all day for a natural holiday scent.:

 

Pinecone Fire Starter Favors
DIY - How to make Pinecone Fire Starter favors
Something Turquoise has a perfect picture by picture tutorial if you need that. Just click on this link.    She’s does an amazing job showing you how to make your own  pinecone fire starters.
Find the supplies you’ll need for this project by clicking on the links below:
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