Few things feel more like the holidays than the aroma of gingerbread, eggnog, and mulled wine wafting through the air. Scents have the power to evoke nostalgia—eucalyptus might make you recall the wreaths you had growing up, while dried citrus could bring you back to making potpourri with your grandmother. And who doesn’t have a childhood memory tied to freshly-baked cookies?
This year, give your holiday ambiance an upgrade: Branch out beyond one-note decorations, and instead, consider something that stirs all your senses. In addition to being beautiful (which they are), aromatic embellishments just enhance the atmosphere so much more than their unperfumed counterparts. For us, there’s nothing better than walking into a space and seeing a gorgeous garland… especially given the fact that as you step closer, you’re met with the merry aroma of cinnamon or pine.
Need some scent-spiration? Scroll on for seven festive and fragrant DIY Chistmas garlands to trim your tree, adorn your mantle, and deck your halls with this holiday season.
Dried Orange Garland
There’s something so elegant about the simplicity of dried orange slices gracefully strung together. This is also a lovely garland for layering—perhaps with a string of cranberries or cinnamon sticks.
Get the how-to on Say Yes.
Cinnamon Himmeli and Dried Orange Garland
Inspired by traditional Finnish ornaments, this natural festoon of dried orange slices and cinnamon stick himmeli is citrusy, spicy perfection.
Get the how-to on Jojotastic.
Greenery and Berry Table Garland
A visually stunning combination of greenery (tree fern and silver dollar eucalyptus), snow white roses, and red ilex berries makes this a gorgeous centerpiece for your holiday tablescape. The subtle scent won’t overpower the delectable dishes on the menu.
Get the how-to on Domino.
Gingerbread Letter Garland
Gingerbread is a seasonal staple, but why stop at dessert? This year, trim your tree with cookie letter garlands. They’re super simple to make, and you can even personalize them with words (peace, joy, cheer, etc.) or kids’ names.
Get the how-to on Hello, Wonderful.
Eucalyptus has that wonderfully minty, piney fragrance that just screams “holiday.” For a merry, modern Christmas, we love this quasi-deconstructed garland. Instead of a long row of greenery, stems of various lengths give this an organic, bohemian feel.
Get the how-to on Your DIY Family.
Cinnamon Applesauce Ornament Garland
These no-bake, two-ingredient treats—containing just cinnamon and applesauce—could not be easier. Once they’re done drying (it takes 24 hours), you can dress them up with paint and glitter, or leave them au naturale. Even though these are technically ornaments, they’re ribbon-ready… so why not grab a longer piece and create a garland?
Get the how-to on Twine & Table.
Mini Pine Wreath Garland
Mini pine wreaths are the gift that keeps on giving. You can use them to upgrade your holiday wrapping game, or assemble them to create an adorable and aromatic decoration.
Get the how-to on The Merry Thought.
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