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8 easy ways to make your home smell like Christmas

Christmas is nearly here! From putting up the Christmas tree to styling up your home, there are so many ways you can get your home ready for the festive season. Yet, we often forget about one of our most important senses ā€” scent.

Gingerbread, cookies, vanilla and cinnamon are some of the top scents for Christmas. But, you don’t want to spend the whole Christmas season baking just to make your home smell nice right?

Well, we’ve collected some of our favourite ways to make your Christmas home smell as good as it looks.

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1. Simmer kit

Fill your home with a personalised Christmas scent using our DIY festive stovetop simmer kit. Simply fill a pot on your cooktop with these fragrant ingredients, heat it up, and enjoy the sweet scent of Christmas. Better yet, you can reheat the simmer pot for up to a week.

In a simmer kit, you can include the following:

  • oranges
  • cinnamon
  • bay leaves
  • clove
  • fresh ginger root
  • vanilla pods
  • lime zest
  • cedarwood
  • dried cranberries
  • dried apples.
Stovetop simmer kit
Stovetop simmer kit DIY

2. Christmas candle

The simples way to bring that festive cheer to your home is with a Christmas candle. Go for a more traditional scent like this Santa’s Gingerbread candle or this year we’re obsessed with the beautiful range of pure beeswax candles from Queen B (pictured below).

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can always DIY a candle too!

Christmas beeswax candle
We’re obsessed with the Queen B pure beeswax Christmas candle collection

3. Dried orange slices

Elevate not only the smell of your home but also your Christmas styling with this idea.

Dried orange slices are becoming a staple at Christmas. From garlands to tree ornaments, there’s an array of fun and new decor ideas using these slices. DIY your own dried orange slices, grab some yarn, and create some fun, fresh Christmas decor.

Orange slice garland
Orange slices by The Little Flame Co

4. DIY room spray

Easily scent your home before guests arrive with a room spray. Customisable with essential oils, our three-ingredient natural room spray will help clear odours and keep up the Christmas cheer.

There are many Christmas essential oils starting to appear each year. This year, we’re using the ECO. Modern Aussie Christmas essential oil in our spray.

Make your own room spray

5. Scented ornaments

Whether you DIY your own timber bead ornaments or purchase some from the store, timber beads are incredibly easy to scent using essential oils.

Simply place them in a bag with 20 drops of essential oil drop, rub the beads together, and voila! You have a scented ornament that will continue to release aromas for up to 2 weeks. Then top up with more essential oil to revive the fragrance.

DIY timber bead ornament _ smell like Christmas
Find our timber bead ornament DIY here

6. Reed diffuser

Another essential oil Christmas hack! Reed diffusers are an excellent low-effort way to keep your home smelling festive, even when you’re not around. Our homemade room diffuser DIY is super easy and only requires five materials. So grab some reed sticks and your Christmassy essential oil and get started!

Homemade reed diffuser

7. Eucalyptus wreath

There is something about eucalyptus that just says Aussie Christmas. With a quintessentially Australian scent, eucalyptus also makes an excellent wreath. Best of all, you can forage eucalyptus to hack your own affordable wreath!

8. Scented pinecones

We recently came to love this idea of scenting pinecones. Similar to the timber beads, all you have to do is place them in a bag and scent them with essential oils. Style them as is, in a bowl, or even a Christmas centre piece.

We hope you like these easy ways to make your home smell like Christmas. Are you trying to make your home smell more Christmassy? Or have we missed a clever tip you’d like to see mentioned? We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comment section below!

Find more Christmas DIYs here

Finished Christmas centrepiece
Check out our simple scented pinecone tutorial

This article was first published in December 2022 and continues to be updated.

Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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