Southern Mom Loves: Make Your Faux Christmas Tree Smell like the Real Thing, Naturally!

Make Your Faux Christmas Tree Smell like the Real Thing, Naturally!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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Hey, guys! We recently put up our Christmas Tree and while I love having a fake tree, I do miss the smell of a real tree in the house this time of year. If you're like me and miss the scent of pine, fir, or spruce, I've got a fun Scented Pine Cone Ornament DIY for you to help your faux tree smell like the real thing and it's sooooo easy!!!

Some of the reasons I opted to have a fake tree forevermore is the environmental impact of tree cutting, the waste of throwing it out after a month (please don't try to burn pine in your fireplace!!!), and the ease of already having a tree stored that you can just whip out and decorate when you're ready to. It just made sense for me and my family.

Having said that, if you want to go out and buy a new Christmas tree each year, tote it home on the roof of your car, get covered in sap handling it, possibly bring home some new friends, vacuum up pine needles on the regular, and make sure you watch that water level so it doesn't dry out and catch fire from the heat of the lights, you go ahead. You do you, I'm good over here with my fake decor. 😉

The one thing I do miss terribly is the smell of a fresh tree. There's nothing like it and that scent signals the holiday season for me. What to do? Fake it.

Essential oils have come a long way and you can get them in all kinds of evergreen tree scents. I got Pine in my most recent Simply Earth subscription box, so that got me thinking of new ways to use it.

Last year, I set out a pretty bowl full of pine cones and dripped the oils on the cones whenever it needed refreshing, and it was nice, but this year I'd like it more tree-adjacent.

I'm using the same pine cones and making them into ornaments! This is super-easy to do and will look great on your tree. The scent might even make people do a double-take!

I'm using Fir Needle essential oil from Simply Earth because to me, it smells the most like a fresh-cut tree, but you can also use Pine, Balsam Fir, Spruce, or even add in a scent like cinnamon, cedar, frankincense, or myrrh; Whatever smells like Christmas to you!

If you don't have any pine trees in your area (you can use the cones or thinner branches cut and bundled with ribbon) you can use other natural materials, like slim branches or sweetgum balls, or add essential oils to ceramic or salt dough ornaments that you already have on your tree!

Let's do this!

Scented Pine Cone Ornaments
Source: Southern Mom Loves


  • pine cones
  • ornament hooks
  • essential oil


1. Make sure your pine cones are clean if you gathered them. Pull out any seeds and then dunk them in warm, soapy water, rinse, and allow them to dry to make sure you're not bringing in any crawly friends.

2. Take the ornament hooks and bend the bottom into a loop with the hanging hook section standing straight up.

3. Twist this around/between the first couple of rows at the top of the cone.

4. Sprinkle a few drops of your chosen essential oil/oils directly onto the cone and hang!

When you notice the scent waning, just sprinkle a few more drops of oil onto the cones.

Enjoy your holidays!!!

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Do you have a faux tree? Have you tried essential oils to get a real scent? I love to read your comments!

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