DIY Fall Decor Using Essential Oils

Autumn is such a wonderful time to stay inside, enjoying cozy activities with friends and family. The crisp air outside is perfect for walks under the color changing leaves and it inspires some creative seasonal home decorating. Fall decorations are warm, inviting, and makes the season a little more pleasurable while spending time indoors. We can create popular, scented fall decorations using essential oils to avoid the unwanted negative effects from store bought decor. Creating our own DIY fall decorations allows us to customize them how we like and create our own blends of aroma using essential oils. We can choose essential oils that will heighten the feelings of warm comfort and relaxation that feels so good on a cool fall day. Plus it offers us an enjoyable and creative activity that the whole family can be a part of. 


Scented Pinecones

Walking in the fresh, crisp air under the trees, watching the leaves change color and fall is such a great feeling during Autumn. While we’re on our walks we can collect some pinecones to create our own version of a very popular fall decoration….scented pinecones. 

You’ll need:

  • Pine cones
  • Parchment Paper
  • Misting Spray Bottle
  • Witch Hazel
  • Sealing Bag
  • Essential Oil Blend

“Autumnal Welcome” blend

7 drops of Cinnamon Bark essential oil

5 drops of Ginger essential oil

5 drops of Cedarwood essential oil

3 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil


Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°F
  2. Gently wash the pinecones by submerging them in warm water and dish soap and gently agitating them with your hands. Rinse off the soap. 
  3. Spread the pinecones out on a baking pan over parchment paper and bake them for 45minutes. This will dry them out and get rid of any more bacteria they have on them from being outside. 
  4. Mix witch hazel with 20 drops of your favorite fall essential oils into a spray bottle. Shake well to combine the oils with the witch hazel.  
  5. Spray the pinecones generously once they have completely cooled off.
  6. Place the pinecones in a sealed bag for 5 days so they can fully absorb the essential oils. 
  7. Put the pinecones in a decorative dish and enjoy the aroma throughout the holidays.

DIY Reed Diffuser

Reed diffusers are a popular way to diffuse essential oils and making our own is the perfect way to add our own personal touch. 

You’ll need:

  • Jar or Glass Bottle
  • 4-5 Bamboo Skewers or Diffuser Reeds
  • ¼ - ½ a cup of Diffuser Base
  • Twine or Ribbon in fall colors
  • 20 drops of Essential Oils per ¼ cup of diffuser base. 

“Mulled Cider” Blend

10 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil

5 drops of Cinnamon Cassia essential oil

5 drops of Clove Bud essential oil

Directions:

  1. Wrap your twine or ribbon around the neck of your jar several times and finish by tying it in a bow. (Reuse an old mason jar or jam jar for a rustic touch)
  2. Fill the jar about half way up with a diffuser base and add your essential oil blend. Stir them together until combined.
  3. Snip the sharp ends off of the bamboo skewers and place them in the jar. After an hour of them absorbing the oils, flip them over. 
  4. Place the jar on a table or mantle and enjoy the cozy scent. 
  5. Flip the skewers/ reeds over every 5 days to keep the aroma prominent. 

Scented Burlap Wreath

Wreaths are fun, customizable, and are the first thing our guests see when they arrive. Create a warm and inviting atmosphere from the moment they reach your door with this scented burlap wreath.

You’ll need:

  • 3-5 Rolls of Craft Burlap (classic brown or a mix of all colors)
  • Wire Wreath
  • Wired Burlap Bow
  • Witch Hazel
  • Misting Spray Bottle
  • Essential Oil Blend

“Falling Leaves” Blend

5 drops of Frankincense essential oil 

3 drops of Myrrh essential oil

7 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil

5 drops of Cedarwood essential oil

Directions:

  1. Mix ½ a cup of witch hazel with your essential oil blend in a misting spray bottle and set aside. 
  2. To make the wreath, begin to feed the burlap through the 1st and 2nd space in the wreath, around the 2nd wire ring. 
  3. Continue to pull the burlap on either side of the 2nd wire and scrunch together tightly as you go. The ruffles will hold tight to the ring if you pull and scrunch the burlap firmly.
  4. Continue this method around the wreath form until full. The tightly packed burlap should stay in place on its own!
  5. Repeat the same method feeding the burlap through the 2nd and 3rd space of the wreath form. You may have to push the previous ruffle over a bit to pull the burlap through the same space.
  6. Add a bow and spray thoroughly with your essential oil spray. 
  7. Place the wreath on your front door, above the mantelpiece, over the bed, etc. and watch your holiday guests be wowed!
  8. Store the essential oil blend in a cool, dark place and reapply it to the wreath as needed. 

Apple Pie Melt and Pour Soap 

Apple pie is a holiday meal staple for many people. This soap recipe pays homage to a slice of apple pie with its layered design and sweet, warm, and spicy scent. Using Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap base adds a little exfoliation for your skin and a speckled look to the final bar. Share a slice of pie and a bar of soap with your loved ones by keeping this by your sink for family gatherings all holiday season.

Ingredients:

Supplies:

  •     Heat Safe Bowls
  •     Pot or Double Boiler
  •     Spoon or Rubber Spatula
  •     Heat Safe Soap Mold
  •     99% isopropyl alcohol in a misting spray bottle

Directions:

  1. Cut 2 pounds of  Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap Base into smaller pieces and add to a heat safe bowl. Place the bowl on top of a pot with a few inches of water in it. Bring the water to a bowl and gently melt the soap, stirring occasionally. 
  2. Remove the soap from heat and add 5 milliliters each Apple and Cinnamon Orange Clove fragrance oils and thoroughly stir everything together.
  3. Separate about 8 ounces of the soap mixture and add 10 drops Of Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil. Add Brown Liquid Color, a few drops at a time, until a medium brown color is achieved.
  4. Pour the brown mixture into your mold or molds and mist the top with 99% isopropyl alcohol to dissipate any air bubbles. Allow to cool.
  5. Color the remaining soap mixture with a few drops of Brown Liquid Color to achieve a creamy beige tone.
  6. Mist the brown soap with alcohol one more time and pour in the remaining soap mixture. Mist the top with 99% isopropyl alcohol to dissipate any air bubbles before sprinkling ground cinnamon over the top.

Sugar Cookie Candle

A beautifully scented candle is a great way to spread a seasonal scent around your home and add a simple touch to your decorating. Place these candles as a part of table centerpieces at a holiday meal and make it smell like you have been baking cookies all day!

You’ll need:

Directions:

  1. Mix the fragrance oil and essential oil in a small bowl and set it aside.
  2. Add the soy wax to a double boiler and heat until fully melted, stirring throughout.
  3. Turn off the heat and dip the metal end of each wick into the wax. Press the ends in the center of the bottom of each jar. Hold while the wax hardens to secure the wick.
  4. Straighten the wicks and secure them at the mouth of the jars with a clothespin resting on the top of each jar.
  5. Slowly pour the wax into each jar. 
  6. Add the fragrance blend to the wax in each jar. Using the skewer or chopstick, gently stir the fragrance blend into the wax..
  7. Let the candles sit for 24 hours, until fully set. Once set, remove the clothespins and trim the wicks to 1 inch.
  8. You can add liquid dyes to the wax and some ribbons or labels to the outside of the jar to embody the fall spirit even more.