The scents I most associate with Christmas are cinnamon, cloves and oranges. Combine them all and it's a recipe for festive cosiness.
Let's take the cinnamon first. A simple way of bringing the scent of cinnamon into the home (without having to bake because I cannot bake!) is to frame a plain pillar candle with some cinnamon sticks. This also makes a lovely decoration that you can pop anywhere at all.
All you'll need are approximately 8 cinnamon sticks (less if you use a smaller candle), 1 pillar candle of any description, twine, scissors and some decorative accessories.
A lot of methods for making this rustic Christmas decoration call for a glue gun but it's not at all necessary in my opinion, the twine works just fine and is far less complicated! You'll find as the candle burns down the heat will trigger that glorious cinnamon scent.
If you'd like a little more cinnamon scent around the house just grab a few cinnamon sticks, snap them in half and parcel them up however you fancy. Great for popping near radiators, on window sills and on the Christmas Tree itself.
Now we have cinnamon covered it's onto orange and cloves, another seasonal staple. The Christmas Pomander is about as traditional as it gets and there is a good reason why it's so beloved, it works and you can use it in a number of different ways.
For this one all you will need are (firm) oranges (as many as you like), one tub of cloves and a skewer. Twine / ribbon and scissors if you intend on hanging your Christmas Pomander.
And that's really it. If you wanted to make patterns in the orange peel before popping your cloves in the best method is with an orange peeler. Tie some string or ribbon around your Christmas Pomander Orange if you want to hang it. I place mine on the radiators and I also use them to fill out decorative plates.
Now we can bring our 3 DIY Christmas Decorations together and come up with something like this...
It's always best to use a decorative plate or a dinner plate that has a sunken middle, this helps with the aesthetics of your piece.
I love having decorations up around the home and it's great to have sparkly bits and pieces to look at but really, it's all about the fragrance, the scent of Christmas in the air. When you're settling down at night and the lights are turned low, the fire is roaring... nothing beats those cosy spiced scents.
Here's a little video of how I make my house festively fragrant - I hope you enjoy!
Do you have a favourite crafty decoration you always rely on? I'm looking to branch out!
This post is my entry into the Able Skills Christmas competition hosted by Victoria's Vintage