Fall is in the air already, and that means many of my favorite scents are, too. I love the smells of burning firewood from people’s fireplaces, warm cinnamon, apple and pumpkin in the oven and the cool, crisp breeze. To say I’m a fall fanatic is an understatement. So if you love the season as much as we do at One Crazy House, try one of these DIY fall scents (or recipes) to get your home smelling like autumn in a jiffy.
DIY Fall Scents to Make Your Home Smell Like Autumn
Make an autumn simmer pot out of apples, oranges, vanilla extract and cinnamon sticks. There’s no exact science to this… add the ingredients to suit your own nose. In about 10 minutes, your home will smell amazing. You can also simmer scents like this in the crock pot if you want your home to smell great all day long. Simply replace the water every so often as it evaporates whether you’re using the stovetop or crock pot method.
Try your hand at making your own spiced candles. While you can use any scents you like, these were made with ginger, cinnamon, and clove. Nutmeg and allspice would be fabulous in a fall mix, too!
These cinnamon scented pine cones are perfect for fall and for the holidays. Although this technique is a no-bake method, others have baked cinnamon essential oil onto the pinecones at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes or so.
Set out some fall potpourri with dried fruit and nuts to emit a pleasant scent in any room of your home. Remember, potpourri should not only smell good, but it should be pretty as well, and this autumn version is simply lovely!
Sometimes making your home smell amazing makes you hungry, right? That’s the problem with food-based scents. But one way to get that amazing scent and a full tummy is with some delicious baked apples. This recipe is so easy. Serve with ice cream and caramel sauce when the apples are done. Mmm.
The cool fall air makes me crave coffee, especially the smell of it. Make your autumn candles smell even more amazing by surrounding them with coffee beans. The mixture of coffee beans and the fall scent is out of this world. Promise!
Make 10-Minute Apple Pie Soap to enjoy the smell of a freshly baked apple pie whenever you wash your hands or take a shower. Even adding it to the soap dish will leave a lovely lingering scent.
A dried orange garland is another scented project that will carry you from fall through the holiday season. It’s made with orange (or grapefruit works, too), bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and twine. Easy peasy! Plus, the smell of the baking oranges is positively delightful.
Fall scented wax melts should absolutely be on your fall to-do list for your home. They’re versatile because once you get the technique down, you can easily alter the extracts and spices to create a fall scent that’s truly you.
You haven’t lived until you’ve made your own homemade mulling spices. Add them to bourbon, wine, cider or keep it super kid-friendly by adding it to hot coconut milk. It’s sure to warm you up in chilly weather, and it smells great while it simmers.
Whip up some slow cooker apple butter to spread on your toast or warm biscuits on a chilly fall morning. Doesn’t apple butter smell divine while it’s cooking?
Pumpkin spice potpourri is perfect for October and November. Your guests will love the warm, comforting smell… and so will your family! No strict measurements needed… just toss in the ingredients and adjust until it smells good to YOU.
Use autumn spice toilet spray to trap smells before you go “number two.” This stuff seriously works great! It’s made with a fall blend of essential oils, rubbing alcohol, and distilled water.
Keep spiced citrus jars on hand to simmer and give them as gifts. You’ll find several other recipes there to keep your home smelling great through the fall and winter!
Make some cinnamon oil to use through the autumn season. It’s lovely for adding to soaps, lotions, and creams.
What scents remind you of fall? We hope you enjoy this list of ideas to give your home a warm, spicy scent that you find comforting.