Make Your Home Smell Like Fall | 4 DIY Ways

4 DIY ways to make your home smell like fallWho doesn’t love walking into a home that smells great? And who doesn’t love the smell of fall, right? Though not everything smells good to everybody, we can all agree that every home has a signature smell—whether good or bad—and most people are completely unaware of it. Whether it’s fruits and herbs, or an earthy, forest smell you prefer, there’s something for everybody.

To help you create a signature scent in your home, we’re bringing you four DIY ways to make your home smell like fall, as well as few bonus recipes for you to love!

#1: Let it Simmer | DIY Stovetop Potpourri Recipes

Stovetop potpourri is probably the most popular method to de-funk a home. Today, there are many creative ways to heat these mixtures: stovetop, slow cooker, candle warmer, tea pots and fondue pots. Whichever method you choose, you can begin to fill your home with the smell of fall in under 30 minutes.

First, pour in 2-3 cups of water, add your ingredients, turn down the heat and let simmer. You will most likely need to add water to the pan about every 30 minutes. Some of our favorite recipes for making your own stovetop potpourri include:

Traditional Fall

  • Sliced Orange
  • 5 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 TBS Whole Cloves

Orange Amaretto

  • 1 Sliced Orange
  • Ginger
  • 1 TBS Almond Extract

Vanilla, Lemon, Rosemary

  • 1-2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Sliced Lemon
  • 4-5 Bay Leaves
  • 4 Large Sprig Fresh Rosemary

Cinnamon & Apple

  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Apple Peels
  • Orange Rinds
  • Whole Cloves
  • Sweet Mint
  • 2 Sliced Limes
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. Peppermint Extract

Lavender & Nutmeg

  • 1 C. Dried Lavender
  • 1 tsp. Anise
  • 1 TBS Nutmeg
  • 1 TBS Whole Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick


  • Pine or Cedar Twigs
  • Bay Leaves
  • Nutmeg

#2: Fill it Up | Scented Centerpieces

After you’ve made your stovetop potpourri, you can either  let it sit on the stove or cooking method of your choosing (remember, these can be made in tea pots, fondue pots, slow cookers and candle warmers); or you can put the mixture into mason jars to use for centerpieces around your home. Bonus Tip: Be sure to use freezer-friendly jars because the mixtures can be stored in refrigerators and freezers if needed.

#3: Clear the Air | DIY Air Fresheners

There’s nothing like the smell of a room that has been recently covered with floral air freshener to make you sick. Luckily, there is another natural, less vomit-inducing DIY option.

The instructions are simple. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 15-20 drops of an essential oil of your choice (for fall, we suggest pumpkin spice, allspice, cedar wood, cinnamon, vanilla and rosemary, to name a few) and funnel the mixture into an empty spray bottle. Then, top-off the bottle with water, give it a shake and voila!

Gel air fresheners are another option that you can create yourself. The ingredients are simple:

  • Heat-proof mason jars
  • 4 Packages Unflavored Gelatin
  • Food Coloring
  • Salt
  • Essential Oils

After cleaning your mason jars, combine a few drops of food coloring, and about 30 drops of essential oil. Boil 1 cup of water on the stove, pour in the gelatin packets and whisk continually to avoid clumping. Once it has dissolved, add 1 cup of cold water and 1 tablespoon of salt, and stir. Pour the finished product into the prepared jars and stir. Let it sit overnight.

#4: Light it Up | Homemade Scented Candles

Candles are a common go-to solution to making a home smell better. This season, you can avoid buying candles and opt for a more innovative and budget-friendly way to use candles to give your home that signature fall smell.

Pumpkin Candle

Turning a pumpkin into a candle is easier than it sounds. Just carve out your pumpkins, sprinkle cinnamon on the inside and then light your candle. See, we told you it was easy!

Orange Peel Candle

Creating your orange peel candle requires just a bit more effort, but is well worth it. You will need an orange, fork, oil (canola, vegetable or olive) and a candle lighter.

Cut an orange in half and scrape out the inside using a fork, but leave the inside stem. After cleaning, fill ¾ of it with oil. Let the orange sit for 45 minutes while allowing the stem to absorb the oil. After 45 minutes, you can begin to light it with the candle lighter, holding the lighter to the stem giving it a change for the stem to heat up. This may take up to three minutes. Once the stem feels dry to the touch, relight again. Soon, you should see a flame and it’s lit!

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