7 DIY Ways to Make Your House Smell Amazing for the Holidays

These seven DIY projects will make your home smell and look great for the holidays.


Your halls are decked, your tree is trimmed, and your Christmas lights would make Clark Griswold proud. But does your home smell like the holidays?

This winter’s new trend is scentscaping: filling your home with seasonal, inviting scent in every room. Scentscaping might sound like a big deal, but it’s surprisingly simple: putting on a simmer pot or placing a bowl of fragrant pine cones on your mantel will do the trick.

These seven DIY projects will make your home smell and look great for the holidays. Try some out with friends this weekend to get your home very merry!

1. Aromatic Fire Starters

Instead of kindling your fire with old newspaper, try a batch of these easy-to-make holiday-scented firestarters. Get the how-to here.

Hello Natural - Scented DIY Fire Starters Photo courtesy of Hello Natural

2. Holiday Scented Simmer Pot

A simmer pot is an easy and lovely way to make the house smell great: just toss some fragrant herbs in water and simmer to your heart’s content! Bonus: the simmering water acts as a natural humidifier in dry winter homes. Learn the recipe here.

Make + Haus - DIY Holiday Simmer PotPhoto courtesy of Make+Haus

3. Orange Spice Pomander Balls

A staple in Victorian homes, pomanders are a simple and traditional holiday decoration that you can put together in a few minutes. Complete instructions here.

HGTV - DIY Pomander BallsPhoto courtesy of HGTV Gardens

4. Fir and Cinnamon Room Spray

You can make this room spray easily from your favorite fragrances, or follow the recipe for a spritz of holiday scent in any room of the house. Get the tutorial here.

Hello Natural - DIY Holiday Room SprayPhoto courtesy of Hello Natural

5. Glittered Cinnamon Pine Cones

Give your cinnamon pine cones extra punch with festive gold glitter. Not a fan of cinnamon? Customize the recipe with your favorite scent! Read the full DIY here.

Ramshackle Glam - DIY Cinnamon Glittered Pine ConesPhoto courtesy of Ramshackle Glam

6. Apple and Spice Potpourri

This potpourri is ridiculously easy to make (just put materials in a jar and wait a few days), smells fantastic, and looks homey and rustic in the bathroom or on a side table. Get the recipe here.

Hello Natural - DIY Potpourri Photo courtesy of Hello Natural

7. Holiday Scented Crystal Candles

These transparent candles use mason jars and oil instead of wax, so you can display a beautiful bouquet of fragrant and festive materials. Full instructions here.

Ms. Dawn - Holiday Scented Mason Jar Candles

Photo courtesy of Ms. Dawn

Will you try one of these delicious-smelling projects for your holiday home? 

Jacqui Adams

Jacqui Adams

Content Marketing Specialist, Porch.com. Jacqui Adams is a writer and editor living in Seattle. She shares a cozy midcentury fixer-upper with her fiancé, her cat, and approximately eight bazillion books. Follow Jacqui on Twitter at @JacquiLeeLu.


Did you love the post? Tell us about it in the comments below!

  • Valerie Pendrak Meyer

    The jars are made by a crafty witch?

  • Emmie857

    I made the mason jars and oil. I couldn’t get them to stay lit. I tried coleman wicks and t-shirt material. They have now sat for a month, wicks are soaked with oil, buy still no luck.

    • Jacqui Adams

      Hi Emmie! Oh, boo! What kind of oil did you use to make the mason jar candles?

    • Emmie857

      I used extra virgin olive oil

      • Jacqui Adams

        Emmie, I would try lamp oil! I think that many olive oils will work, but not all of them. Thank you for helping out our crafting community!

        • Emmie857

          I will give it a whirl

    • BridgetCoffman

      We use olive oil and cotton string mops cut up for the wicks in the Medieval group I’m in.

      • Emmie857

        In doing that with the mop and olive oil, your flame didn’t burn out after 5-10 minutes?

        • BridgetCoffman

          No, we’ve burned them all night on occasion. Ah, but I may see the problem – we usually use wire to make a frame to hold the nipple in place. I wonder if the jar lid being screwed down tight is not letting air in to replace the burned oil?

          Try unscrewing the lid most of the way – or poking a small hole in the top.

  • I am going to try every single project and then share my experience!!! Thanks for the inspiration and fun activities to try!!!

    • Jacqui Adams

      Thanks for reading, Sapphire! Let us know which one’s your favorite!!

  • Lorry

    These are awesome ideas. Thank you for sharing. I love them.

  • Kari

    I think that the mason jar is beautiful but it will not logically work. Only the wick will burn and that is only for about 5 minutes. The only smell you will get from this is if you take the lid off and just let it set like that. The wick is the only thing that will burn, not the contents of the jar.

    • For My Liberty

      If you put a scent in the oil, it will smell…

  • Jacqui Adams

    Thanks Lorry! I had a lot of fun with adapting the simmer pot for my crock pot :-).

  • TMay10

    Emmie857. Use a thick cotton or linen wick and olive oil. The wick has to be short, saturated, and the oil has to be filled up high.
    Watch https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6JBq5rEk3ww