Spread festive cheer by making your home smell like birthday. Scents of gingerbread, cinnamon, pine and mint are all characteristic This holiday season, why not freshen up your home? A fancy festivity without breaking the bank.
says Rosalind Peters, an in-house expert beanbags.co.uk.
You can find all the ingredients you need right in your kitchen. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create your own handmade home fragrance to help you celebrate this glorious season.
On that note, take a look at the easy ways to make your home smell like Christmas, just in time for the holiday season…
1. Make your own cinnamon-scented pinecones
Want to make your home smell as good as it looks? If you happen to spot some fallen pinecones on your next walk, pick them up for your first DIY project. They are very easy to make and cost less than 90p.
To give them a warm cinnamon scent, bake them at 100ºC in an oven tray lined with foil for 20 minutes. This will help remove all of the sap and open up any closed pinecones.
Next, infuse them with cinnamon by sprinkling them with a mixture of cinnamon essential oil and water. Or if you want a fun fall activity for your kids, have them paint pinecones with diluted glue. Next, add the pinecones to a cinnamon-filled sandwich bag, seal and shake well until the pinecones are completely covered. You should then let it dry for 24 hours on a newspaper.
2. Make a scented bookmark
If you love to read a good book, you can create a bookmark that you will smell every time you open your book. To try this yourself, all you need is a rectangular shape of felt and some essential oil.
Mix some of your favorite oils in a small dropper bottle and leave it on overnight. Then, in the morning, drop five drops on your bookmark. For a spicy orange scent, mix five drops of cloves, five drops of cinnamon, and 15 drops of sweet orange. Or for a more woodsy, pine scent, mix five drops lemon, 10 drops cedar, and 10 drops pine, Rosalind adds.
3. Create your own Christmas wreath
Whether it’s a fun party activity or one that’s easy to do, you can create your own custom fragrance Crown For less than £6. All you need are some dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaves.
Drill a few holes in each piece of dried goods, thread twine through and you’ll end up with something that smells just as good. And if you store them in an airtight plastic container or container after Christmas, they’ll last for years.
4. Make a pumpkin spice room spray
Not quite ready to say goodbye to the scent of fall? Or are you just like us and just can’t get enough of a delicious hot pumpkin spiced drink? Well, making your own pumpkin spice room spray will make your home smell incredibly festive.
“Simply simmer cinnamon sticks, cloves, and vanilla extract in a saucepan on the stove,” Rosalind suggests. Once it’s cool enough to allow you to handle it safely, strain out the spices and pour them into an empty spray bottle. It should also occupy a third of the bottle, and the rest should be filled with water.
5. Make a pot simmer in your kitchen
With all the cooking we’ll be doing this time of year, sometimes our kitchens can be a jumble of smells. But did you know that you can create beautiful scented blends right in your own home kitchen that will last for hours? Enter a simmer pot. This is also one of the most budget-friendly ideas since all you need is the leftover fruit peels from the fruits and vegetables in the bowl.
Add some fruits and spices to about two liters of water in a saucepan and then let it simmer for a few hours. You may need to add more water every 30 minutes or so, but this will ensure you keep an eye on the pot so it doesn’t burn.
Some of our favorite and most popular combinations have to be:
Apple peels, orange peels, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves
Ginger root, cinnamon sticks, orange slices
Cranberries, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg
Bay leaves, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks
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