Make Your Home Smell Like Fall – DIY Projects

These natural fragrance ideas use ingredients from around the house to warm up your home with cozy autumn scents like pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple.

Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

It wouldn’t be fall without its most ubiquitous flavor: pumpkin spice. Skip the latte and opt for a fragrant fall air freshener instead. To make your own pumpkin spice room spray, gather clove, ginger, orange, cardamom, and cinnamon essential oils ($6, Target). Add a few drops of each to one cup of distilled water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spritz the air freshener around the room as needed for a burst of fall fragrance.

Cinnamon Scented Pinecones

Pinecones are a hallmark of seasonal decor, but there’s no need to buy them if you’re lucky enough to have evergreens in your area. To give them a warm cinnamon scent, bake pinecones in the oven to clean and dry them out. Infuse them with cinnamon by spritzing them with a mixture of cinnamon essential oil and water. When the pinecones are sufficiently scented, display them in a bowl or glass vase, or string them on a garland across your mantel for a subtle spicy scent.

Fall Scented Linen Spray

Use an autumn-inspired DIY linen spray to freshen up folded towels and bedding. Just mix ½ cup water and ½ cup inexpensive vodka (yes, vodka!) in a clean spray bottle and swirl with essential oils. Choose three to four oils and add 10 drops of each. Have fun experimenting with different combinations to find your favorite! Here are some ideas for fall essential oils:

  • Bergamot
  • Cardamom
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Clove
  • Fir
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Sweet orange (or wild orange)

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