These simple homemade fall scents are fresh, warm and will fill your home with fragrance. Plus, everyone loves one-of-a-kind handmade gifts…

Something to share with a friend…

You can enjoy Homemade potpourri on the holiday itself by letting it simmer on a stove top or all winter long kept dry in a dish. This is the perfect project for a cold afternoon at home…

Homemade Fall Scent


  • cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • star anise
  • oranges
  • apples

Start by slicing apples and oranges thin – the thinner they are, the faster they will dry. Next, bake them in the oven until dry at 250 degrees by placing them on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Apples will continue to crisp once they’re removed from the oven. Finally, toss with your spices and allow them to marinate together for a day before gifting.

Potpourri can be placed in a dish for up to a few months or boil 2 cups water, add potpourri and reduce to a simmer for one-time use. Get a little extra life out of your dried potpourri by using the stovetop method before disposing of it.

Homemade Fall Scent

We found this homemade potpourri gift + photos on

Keep it more simple at home…

“Some of my favorite scents are alfalfa and hay which remind me of my grandparents horse ranch, the salty air at the ocean, woodsmoke, and coffee. I also love the smell of pine sap, and baking from the kitchen which remind me of Christmas. One way you can bring up that aroma this time of year is to slowly simmer dry whole spices, like cinnamon sticks. We have a nice gas fireplace stove in our living room with a ledge deep enough to hold a small enamel pot, and I’ve been keeping cinnamon simmering throughout our recent cold snap.”

You will need to pick your favorite whole spices. We recommend cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg, rosemary, cloves or pine needles.

Homemade Fall Scent

Ingredients (choose your favorite whole spices)

  • cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole nutmeg
  • rosemary
  • pine needles

Next, add the spices to a pot with water and a little oil (the author recommends jojoba oil). Lastly, bring all ingredients to a simmer on a stove top and cozy up with a warm drink, a good book and a blanket. 

Homemade Fall Scent

We found this winter recipe + photos on make+haus.

Handmade home items, like these homemade fall scents, are unique, fun to make and will often save you money. We hope you love them as much as we do!  Follow us on Pinterest for more easy DIY projects like this as well as installation photos and design inspiration!