7 Simple Tips to Make Your Artificial Christmas Tree Smell Like Real Pine

If you’ve joined the artificial tree trend, then you know how convenient it is to be able to put your tree up whenever you’d like, have little mess to clean, and not have to worry about it drying out. Artificial Christmas trees are more popular and environmentally friendly than real trees, but there is something to be said about the smell of fresh pine in your living room. The fresh fragrance makes it really feel like Christmas. Just because you have an artificial tree doesn’t mean you can’t also have that nostalgic smell in your home. There are plenty of ways to make an artificial tree smell like a live pine tree.

essential oil bottle near pinecones

Essential Oils

Essential oils are available in many scents and are a versatile way to infuse your holiday decor with the smells of the season. Essential oils can be used to make your own scented pinecones, ornaments, centerpieces, and more. Put a few drops of oil on pinecones and place them in a bowl or create ornaments out of them to stick in the tree. You can even sprinkle a few drops of the oil of your choice on artificial branches or festive picks to stick in the tree. Add a dash of essential oil to a ribbon and stuff it into your tree for a designer look and wonderful smell. There are so many possibilities once you find the essential oil with a fragrance you like best.

Diffuser on coffee table in front of Christmas tree

Diffusers & Scent Machines

This is an easy option for adding the smell of a live tree to your home. Diffusers can be plugged into any outlet and will infuse the space with a fresh feeling and fragrance. Fill the diffuser with water and Christmas scented essential oils, like balsam fir, pine, or even cinnamon and place it on a coffee table, countertop, or side table near the tree.

candle in the living room


Candles are an easy way to add a lifelike smell to your artificial tree. Candles not only enhance the smell of your home but they also create a cozy feeling, which adds to the Christmastime cheer. Just be sure you don’t put the candle too close to the tree. You wouldn’t want your beautiful Christmas tree to catch fire.

Scent Sticks & Room Spray

Give your tree a realistic smell by hanging scent sticks on the inner branches of the tree. Scent sticks are designed to blend in with the branches and are infused with lifelike pine scents to mimic the smell of a real tree. You can even find ornaments that are scented to bring life to a fake tree while incorporating your style at the same time.

Room spray with pine around it

Room sprays can also be used to make your fake tree appear real. Spray the branches with a fir scented room spray to keep the smell directly on the tree, or spray pinecones, ribbon, or other holiday decorations to allow the scent to linger on.

Pinecones on a Christmas tree

Scented Pinecones

These are a simple way to instantly add a natural scent and look to your faux tree. You can find scented pinecones that come with a lovely cinnamon scent that calls to mind the warmth of Christmas or you can make your own with essential oils. Hang the pinecones in your tree as ornaments or place them in a bowl on a table as a centerpiece.

Wreath on wall with garland and small tree

Live Filler & Wreaths

Hang a live fir wreath in your home to add a touch of woodsy smell. Or you can find branches from trees in your yard or visit a local tree farm to find boughs and branches to stick into your faux tree for an alluring smell of pine. You can also cut up the pine branches to remove sprigs and place them throughout your home to give each room a fresh scent. Place the pieces on table trays, shelves, in centerpieces, or on banisters.

Christmas simmer pot in kitchen

Simmer Pots

This trend can be customized to any time of year! Simmer pots are simple and only require a few things, making it easy for anyone to create their own version. One way to make a Christmas simmer pot is to bring 6 cups of water, fresh fruits like lemons, apples, and oranges with sprigs of fresh pine or fir, cranberries, vanilla, rosemary, and thyme to a boil. Then turn the heat down to a simmer and let the lovely aroma fill your home. Add cinnamon sticks or star anise for a spicier Christmas scent. Add in more water as needed to keep the pot simmering throughout the day.


There’s no right or wrong way of decorating your home for the holidays. Whether you have a live tree or a faux tree, you can enjoy the warmth and coziness the season provides. To give your artificial tree an even more elegant look, check out our blogs for ways to hide a tree base and how to upgrade your artificial tree easily.

Happy Holidays!

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