During the holidays, we love enjoying the sweet and spicy fragrances that are so nostalgic
to us. From mulling spices to Christmas trees, these smell remind us of the togetherness and magic of Christmas. Some people can’t get a tree for their home. And others don’t have the time to bake and create the smells naturally. Your home should feel like your own. So why not create some both easy and beautiful ways to fill your home with the smells of Christmas?
Here are our favorite ideas:
Lovely Orange Pomanders
These look so fancy, and they’re really easy enough to make with the kids. Simply take large, whole oranges and lemons, and stud them with whole cloves. Arrange the cloves in lines, stars or other patterns to your liking. Leave the studded fruits on your countertop for days, and allow the natural aromas of citrus and spice to slowly fill your house.
Prepare this stovetop potpourri when company is coming over, or when you have the whole day ahead of you to craft holiday gifts, or especially after preparing a large meal in the kitchen (it clears out food smells fast).
Combine orange, lemon, and/or lime peels, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, a few pinches of nutmeg and a star anise or two in a small saucepan. Add just enough water to almost fill pan; bring to a simmer and let it cook for hours over low. Add more water as needed to prevent burning.
Holiday Air Freshener
Make a non-toxic air freshener with minimal ingredients, and at a fraction of the cost of those sold at health food stores. Fill a small (8-ounce) spray bottle—you’ve got to have one lying around—with distilled water.
Add a few drops of essential oils to your liking. For an authentic holiday blend, try a few drops of: cedarwood, pine, nutmeg and spruce essential oils. For a sweet-spicy blend, try orange, clove, ginger and cinnamon essential oils. Note: Be sure to use only certified pure, therapuetic grade essential oils, made without artificial ingredients or additives.
Christmas Mason Jars
Grab some extra shrubs of a Christmas tree and some cinnamon sticks. Gather the shrubs and sticks together and wrap them gently with a ribbon. Then, carefully place them in a mason jar. Place the mason jar on the mantle, surrounded by candles, and you’ve not only created holiday cheer, but the smell is refreshing and cozy. Or reverse it, and get a small wooden box. Line the box with the mason jars – with candles in them – and decorate around the jars in the box with tree branches and even cranberry string!
At Unique Home Building, it’s important to us that your home feel inviting and like your own. We offer home remodeling and renovation in the Dallas area and would love to check off a need on your Christmas list. Give the gift of home this year. From all of us,