8 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

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Make your home smell like fall with these easy DIY ideas because autumn isn’t complete without apple scents, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice.

Nothing beats the cool, crisp smell of autumn like deep earthy flavors and spices. Since fall is full of family holidays, isn’t it nice to welcome guests into your home with fall scents? Not only will it make your home smell good, but it can also make your space feel cozy and warm.

Yes, we get it. Adjusting your palette and layering textures are keys to nail the autumn aesthetic, but if you want to complete the look, make your home smell like fall. You don’t have to buy artificial sprays and chemical-based products because we have collected DIY ideas that you can easily do in minutes!

Add Coffee Beans

Ah, my favorite home scent throughout the year. My neighbors think I’m a coffee junkie, but I just light up some votive candles in a container of whole coffee beans. You can do it, too! Just replace it with store-bought pumpkin spice votives, place it in a container of dark roasted beans, and voila! Your home will smell wonderful, like a coffeehouse.

Burn Smudge Sticks

Make your home smell like fall by burning smudge sticks wrapped in a bundle of dried fall florals and seasonal herbs. Can you imagine how that smells? I think your home would smell amazing! Plus, smudge sticks can help create a calming atmosphere.

It’s pretty easy to DIY smudge sticks. You just need some aromatic plants like lemon myrtle, rosemary, sage, a pure cotton thread, and scissors. Trim the materials, lay it together, and secure the bundle with a string.

Cinnamon-Scented Pinecones

Pinecones that smell like warm cinnamon? I’m in! To create this scent at your home, you need to bake the pinecones in the oven. This will help them to clean and dry out. Next is to infuse them with cinnamon by spraying them with a mixture of cinnamon essential oil and water. When you’re satisfied with the smell, display them in a bowl or string them on a garland.

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DIY Fall Reed Diffuser

Candles are great and all, but have your tried reed diffusers? They don’t require any flames, so your home is safe from burning down. However, the downside is some reed diffusers can be quite pricey, so we suggest that you create your own reed diffuser! Add a blend of baby oil and essential oils (any essential oil that reminds you of fall) to a glass bottle, shake or stir to mix oils, and stick in 5 – 8 reed diffuser sticks. It’s that simple (and cheap) to make your home smell like fall!

DIY Pumpkin-Spice Room Spray

Of course, fall wouldn’t be fall without pumpkin spice. Trust us, we tried this at home, and it smells incredible! To make your own pumpkin-spice room spray, you need cardamom, clove, ginger, orange, and cinnamon essential oils Just add a few drops of each essential oil to one cup of distilled water. Then pour the mixture into a spray bottle, shake it well, and spray it all over your place. Just be careful because it could make you crave for pumpkin spice latte.

Hang a Garland

Another simple idea to make your home smell like fall is to create a garland from bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and dried orange slices. Hang it on your fireplace or entryway. Not only does it smell sweet, but it also looks great a fall home decor.

Heat Up a Simmer Pot

I don’t just do this every fall, but I simmer a pot every season. It’s a simple scented blend that you can do in minutes, but the scent lasts for hours. A classic fall simmer pot you can do at home is to add apples, cinnamon sticks, oranges, and other spices of your choice. I like to add cloves and vanilla extract. Place it on your stovetop and wait for it to boil. Then set fire to low for several hours to release the scent.

Remember to add extra water from time to time because it evaporates. Make sure not to burn it too!

Light a Scented Candle

The instant way to make your home smell like fall is to light up fall-scented candles. You can also create your own scented candles that will last through December since it’s pretty easy to do. Plus, you can choose from your favorite scents and essential oils. You just need to keep an eye on it cause it’s a pretty serious fire hazard.

As temperatures begin to drop, start decorating your home for a boost of coziness and warmth. Don’t forget to mix up one of these DIY ideas to make your home smell like fall.

Learn more interior design tips and ideas on Omysa’s Design blog. Happy decorating!

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