Give Your Fake Christmas Tree a Real Tree Smell with DIY Diffuser Ornaments

One reason why I love the holiday season is that nostalgic Christmas tree scent. But if you are like us and have an artificial Christmas tree, you are missing out on that beloved Christmas tree smell. Today we have some simple solutions for making your fake tree smell like it was freshly cut without altering your expensive faux tree.

Make Your Fake Christmas Tree Smell Like a Real Tree
Let’s add that real Christmas tree smell to our artificial tree!

With all the allergies in my family, we’ve never been able to have a real Christmas tree. But I still love the smell of evergreen trees!

If you do too, you can use this simple craft to make your fake Christmas tree smell like a real tree. Basically we are making Christmas tree smell air freshener ornaments! These homemade essential oil diffuser ornaments include the pine scent for your Christmas tree.

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Homemade Essential Oil Diffuser Ornaments

Even if you already have your Christmas tree up, just adding a few essential oil diffuser ornaments can make all the difference!

We made ours look like Christmas trees using cookie cutters and some green paint — I love how they turned out. These ornaments just smell like Christmas!

Supplies Needed

Instructions

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1. Make the DIY Diffuser Ornaments

  1. Mix flour, salt and water to form dough.
  2. Roll out and cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
  3. Use a straw or toothpick to poke a hole in the top of each ornament to give you a place to hang it after it is completed.
  4. Add color using a paintbrush and paint while the ornaments are still wet. We used a paint brush to give our trees a fun effect.
  5. Lay out on a cookie sheet and allow to dry for several days, flipping them every 24 hours.
  6. Allow to dry completely.
Homemade essential oil diffuser ornaments made by kids finished with paint - Kids Activities Blog
These sweet homemade ornaments will smell amazing…

2. Add Christmas Scent Essential Oils

These homemade salt dough ornaments work great at capturing the essential oils and acting as a diffuser to release the scent of pine throughout the room in a clean and fresh way.

We always recommend using 100% essential oils anytime you are going to be exposed to them on a regular basis because the artificial scents that are often added to low quality oils can have a sharp stronger smell that is unpleasant.

I love how the pine essential oil smells or Idaho Blue Spruce, and these ornaments are awesome for diffusing the smell throughout your home.

If you would prefer just a spicy Christmas scent, I love these essential oils:

  • Frankincense which has a very rich Christmas tradition back to the first holiday!
  • Myrrh essential oil which like Frankincense ACTUALLY smells like Christmas.
  • Young Living’s Christmas Spirit blend, 3 Wise Men Essential oil blend or Thieves.
  • Or create your own special blend with Cinnamon, Cloves and a dash of Lemon essential oils.

3. Add Wire for Hanging on the Tree

Add a wire or ribbon for hanging and then add them to your tree.

DIY Diffuser Christmas Tree Ornaments as Gifts

These make really lovely gifts and can be given with a bottle of your favorite Christmas scent essential oil.

I like to make a stack of similar shaped ornaments and wrap them with holiday ribbon attaching the essential oil bottle to the bow on top.

How Long Will the Scent Last on My Diffuser Ornament?

A quality essential oil scent will usually last several days depending on how much you add to the diffuser ornament. That can keep your fake Christmas tree smelling real for days!

To refresh, all you need to do is add a few more essential oil drops onto the ornament and you are good to go for another few days.

Especially since they’re so easy to make. You could make some for every holiday! You can store these ornaments and then simply add new essential oil drops when you take them out to use them the following year.

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Make Your Fake Christmas Tree Smell Like a Real Tree

how to make a fake tree smell real

These adorable ornaments can make your fake tree smell like a real tree! Or smell like anything you want for Christmas.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $15-$20

Materials

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • Drinking straw
  • Green paint and paint brush
  • Green floral wire
  • Essential oil (you can use pine or Idaho blue spruce)

Instructions

  1. Mix flour, salt and water to form dough.
  2. Roll out and cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
  3. Use a straw or toothpick to poke a hole in the top of each ornament.
  4. Add color using a paintbrush and paint while the ornaments are still wet. We used a paint brush to give our trees a fun effect.
  5. Lay out on a cookie sheet and allow to dry for several days, flipping them every 24 hours.
  6. Once they’re dry, add floral wire and a few drops of essential oil.

Notes

You can also bake them at 250F for about 3-4 hours.

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