How to DIY 3 Fall Scents

How to DIY 3 Fall Scents

Bring the smell of fall into your home with these DIY simmer pot, room spray, and potpourri recipes that are perfect for autumn. Each combines aromatic fall fruits, natural ingredients, and bold spices to give your home a refreshing and seasonal scent.

Fall-Fresh Simmer Pot

What you need:

  • Water
  • Peels from 2 oranges
  • 2 oranges, quartered
  • 2 apples, quartered
  • 6 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Fill an uncovered medium saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Add orange peels, oranges, apples, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla extract. Allow to boil for 5 more minutes.
  3. Lower heat until liquid is reduced to a simmer.
  4. Allow to simmer, uncovered, so that aromas can permeate your home.
  5. Check level of liquid every 20-30 minutes and add water as needed.

Cedar & Spice Room Spray

What you need:

  • ¾ cups distilled water
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vodka, rubbing alcohol, or witch hazel
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 10 drops cedar wood essential oil
  • 10 drops orange essential oil
  • 5 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil

Directions:

  1. Use a funnel to combine vodka/rubbing alcohol/witch hazel, vanilla extract, and essential oils in an 8-ounce spray bottle.
  2. Fill remainder of bottle with water. Seal tightly with spray cap.
  3. Freshen any room you like with two to three spritzes. Make sure to shake well before use.
  4. Be careful: Do not spray on skin or eyes, and do not inhale the spray itself.

Autumn Forest Potpourri

What you need:

  • 8 pine twigs, with needles attached
  • 3 pieces pine bark
  • 3 pine cones
  • ½ cup carnation petals
  • 2 oranges, sliced ¼ inch thin
  • 2 apples, sliced ¼ inch thin
  • 2 cups lemon juice (for apples)
  • 3 tablespoons salt (for apples)
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Collect natural ingredients, preferably in mid-morning. Allow to dry out on a wire rack in a warm and moisture-free area for two weeks.
  2. Once natural materials have dried, slice and dry the fruit. To dry the orange slices, set oven to 150 degrees. Arrange orange slices on a parchment-paper lined cookie sheet. Cook for about six hours with the over door slightly ajar. Remove from oven when the edges start to curl.
  3. Before drying the apples, you’ll need to cure them so they don’t oxidize when they are drying. Mix lemon juice and salt. Soak apple slices in this mixture for fifteen minutes. Rinse clean. Dry apple slices with same method used for orange slices.
  4. Place cinnamon and cloves in paper bag. Smash bag using a hammer or rolling pin to crush spices and release their aromatic oils.
  5. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well, using hands.
  6. Store potpourri mixture in a large sealed container (or in several smaller sealed containers) for two to three weeks. Shake daily to mix.
  7. Pour potpourri into decorative bowls and display around your home.
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