For many of us, there are a few beautiful aromas that we associate with the holidays. The smell of freshly baked cookies, gingerbread, and evergreen fill up cozy living rooms everywhere, making holiday celebrations festive and memorable. Admittedly, though, not everyone has time to be the next Martha Stewart and put the work into creating those delicious scents. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to make your home smell amazing and festive for the holidays.
1. Boil Your Goodies Instead of Baking Them
The smell of home-baked holiday goodies makes the whole house smell merry, but if your inner Julia Child hasn’t emerged, try this easy trick to give your house the illusion of just-baked holiday treats.
Put a few spices—such as cinnamon, allspice, clove, vanilla, and nutmeg—in a pot of water about half full. Let it simmer, then turn it to low, and enjoy the delicious smell that permeates your house. It’s a great trick for making your home smell like there’s something tasty baking in the oven without the added (but totally necessary) holiday calories.
2. Spice Things Up with a Pomander
Pomanders are a mixture of aromatic substances, often in the form of a ball, which in the fifteenth century, were used to ward off infection. These days, pomanders are placed anywhere you want to add some fragrance. They’re easy to make and last a long time.
Gather some fresh oranges and poke holes all over them using a needle or something sharp. Place a whole clove inside each hole on the orange. Next, mix cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves in a paper bag. Put the oranges in the bag and coat completely. Once done, leave oranges in the bag and put in a dry, cold area for about one month. Once dried, you can place the pomanders around the house, in your tree, in bowls, in wreaths, or on gifts. You can also use apples, lemons, or limes in addition to oranges.
3. Add Your Favorite Scent to Pinecones
For this simple DIY project, pick a scented oil. Clove and cinnamon are good options for the holidays, but you can use anything that strikes your fancy. Lavender and vanilla are wonderful scents for relaxation.
Pour your oil of choice into a Zip-lock bag and put the pinecones in one by one and shake them around. Take them out of the bags and place them on paper towels to drain. Place them in bowls, in wreaths, on gifts, or anywhere else you want a kick of added holiday aroma.
4. Heat Up Your Fire with Citrus
The smoky perfume of a warm fireplace is one of the best ways to make your house smell like the holidays. For an added touch, add dried lemon or orange peels to the fire for a citrusy cologne.
5. Give the Gift of Rosemary
Rosemary is a beautiful, herby scent that’s lovely to have around the home. Add rosemary to topiaries or wreaths for a beautiful, delicate touch and also a boost of fragrance.
There are plenty of ways to make your house smell heavenly for the holidays without adding too much to your to-do list. Just get creative and remember to have fun.
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