Bringing the warm and comforting scent of Autumn into your home couldn’t be easier. These 6 methods are simple, inexpensive and effective.
Simmer pots are a great way to bring the scent of autumn into your home for little cost or effort. All you need to do is fill a small saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. Add the ingredients from your favorite recipe, boil for a few more minutes, then turn the heat down to simmer. Add water as needed, usually every half hour or so. If you’re not sure what to put in it check out these great simmer pot recipes from About.com.
A personalized, homemade potpourri is a great way to bring a desired scent into your home. All you need are some botanicals, a fixative, and an essential oil. Botanicals can be any natural plant materials such as flower petals, pinecones, dried fruit, moss, or berries. The fixative is the porous material that holds the scent (often wood shavings or bark), and the essential oil will give you the scent.
Remember that when making potpourri the colors and textures are just as important as the scent so choose your botanicals accordingly. For links to some great fall recipes click here.
Clove Studded Fruit
If spicy fall scents are what you’re looking for you’re in luck – it couldn’t be easier to make pretty, clove-studded pomander balls that will fill your home with a subtly spicy fall scent. Citrus fruit works best for this project with oranges being a particularly popular option. All you need to do is push the cloves into the rind of the fruit in whatever design you desire. Attach ribbon to make it even prettier and give you a way to hang it. Or just display them in a bowl with some pinecones or greenery. Check out this article for detailed DIY instructions.
Scented candles are the easiest way to quickly add the smell of fall into your home. They’re available in every imaginable scent so you’re sure to be able to find something that suits your sense of smell. It’s important to note however that some scented candles can be overpowering so it’s best not to have them lit near dining or eating areas. The scent can compete with the food and confuse your taste buds!
Cinnamon Stick Candles
If cinnamon is a smell that makes you happy in the fall try this easy DIY project. Simply attach cinnamon sticks around a fat pillar candle. Use a rubber band to hold them in place to and then cover the band with a pretty piece of ribbon or hemp. When the candles are lit you’ll get a nice, subtle scent of cinnamon.
If you’re lucky enough to have a wood-burning fireplace you have another great option. Homemade fire-starters made using cone-shaped coffee filters and dried herbs are easy and smell great. Simply choose some natural materials whose scents you’re fond of and toss them in the coffee filter. Popular materials for fall include dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg. Once you’ve done that sew up the top using colored ribbon. These are incredibly simple to make and they’re great little gifts to bring along when you visit a friend’s home that has a fireplace.