DIY All-Natural Room Scents

December 31, 2015 | By | Comments (5)
Photo by Rosanna Penaflorida // Craft Box Girls

Photo by Rosanna Penaflorida // Craft Box Girls

Here at Southern Living, we love a good DIY. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Craft Box Girls – led by craft guru Lynn Lilly – are creating fun, easy-to-make projects to spice up your entertaining, wedding planning, or holiday gifting. Check back every other Thursday for some DIY inspiration.

Avoid harsh chemicals with these easy DIY room scents. From crisp apples to sweet oranges and festive cranberry, these five all-natural scents will fill your kitchen (and waft through your house!) with notes of fruit and spice – and are perfect for entertaining.

Photo by Rosanna Penaflorida // Craft Box Girls

The Project: Five DIY All-Natural Room Scents

Level: Easy

5 Canning Jars
1 Orange
1 Lemon
1 Apple
8 Cinnamon Sticks
8 Ginger Root Slices
Peppermint Extract
Almond Extract
Vanilla Extract
1/3 cup of Cranberries
4 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary
1 Tbsp. of Whole Cloves


  1. Thinly slice the orange, apple and lemon.
  2. Place the following ingredients in separate canning jars:
    Jar One: cranberries, two sprigs of rosemary, six drops of peppermint oil
    Jar Two: three or four orange slices, one tablespoon of cloves, four cinnamon sticks
    Jar Three: four orange slices, eight slices of ginger root, six drops of almond extract
    Jar Four: eight apple slices (quarter slices), six drops of almond extract, four cinnamon sticks, three slices of oranges
    Jar Five: five lemon slices, two rosemary sprigs, six drops of vanilla extract
  3. Fill each jar with water and refrigerate until you are ready to use.
  4. When you are ready to use, pour the contents of desired jar into a saucepan and simmer. As the water evaporates, refill as needed.


  1. Tori Allen PR | The Round-Up: December 28 – January 1

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    February 9, 2016 at 4:27 pm
  2. Lynn Lilly

    Hi Amy!! The jars will last for 3-4 weeks if you keep them sealed in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

    January 4, 2016 at 12:45 pm
  3. Monica Lavin, Lavin Label

    I love this! I wish I would have tried this when I had all of my guests in town.

    January 4, 2016 at 9:22 am
  4. Amy

    How long will they last in the frig?

    January 1, 2016 at 9:04 am
  5. Susan Flynn

    Then I owe you for your plane trip down.

    Sent from my iPad


    December 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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