DIY How to Make a Reusable Diffuser
Create a custom and sustainable diffuser to freshen up your home in an eco-friendly way!
Everyone’s home is unique to their personality and style. Having an eco-friendly home doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your style or décor!
What makes this home diffuser special is the ability to change up so many elements of the diffuser to create functional home décor that fits your style. In addition, this is a reusable, electricity-free diffuser, making it a sustainable product to keep in your home or give as a gift. Have fun with this simple craft and create a piece that will brighten up a room for years to come.
Before going to buy any new products, look to see what you already have at home. Is there an old vase that you don’t use at home? Maybe some leftover skewers from a BBQ? Perfect, use these items for your homemade diffuser. It will make it even more unique to you!
- Narrow neck glass bottle or Small Vase (Don't hesitate to use a jam jar)
- Bamboo Sticks, Skewer Sticks, or Reeds
- Your Favorite Essential oils
- Carrier Oil (Scentless it best, like baby oil or avocado oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, castor oil, safflower seed oil or any other mildly scented oil will work)
- Funnel of Container with Spout
In a bowl (preferably one with a spout) measure out ¼ cup of your carrier oil. I used bay oil but avocado oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, castor oil, safflower seed oil, or any other mildly scented oil will work. If you have a smaller vase than ¼ cup, go ahead and put the carrier oil directly in your vase to insure it will not overflow once you add the other ingredients.
Next, add your favorite essential oils. You’ll need about 20 drops of the essential oils to create a strong, room-freshening smell. Adjust the drops accordingly if you wish to add several different scents. For my diffuser, I used 7 drops of lavender oil, 7 drops of eucalyptus, then 7 drops of a stress relief mixture that I love. Ultimately, the ratio of oils should be about 75% carrier oil to 25% essential oil.
Mix the oils together. If you are using a different container to mix your ingredients, then pour them into the vase you would like to use. Once the oils are in the final glass, give the oils a final swirl around in your glass vase.
The sharp points on skewer sticks can be concerning. However, scissors may not be strong enough to cut through the stick. Cut off that sharp edge with a knife or pruning shears to be safe. You can do the same thing to reeds or bamboo that you want to be shorter to fit into your glass container.
To create a lasting smell with the oils, place both ends of the reed in the oil mixture before leaving the diffuser to sit. The oil on the top of the bamboo will evaporate and fill the area with their smell faster than waiting for the oil from the glass to travel up the bamboo.
The bamboo pieces work best if they are not completely saturated in oil, so keep an eye on how full the bamboo pieces look to protect the longevity of the diffuser. You can replace the saturated bamboo pieces with new, dry pieces. Save the saturated bamboo to throw on a campfire to add a delightful aroma to your fire.
Mix up your oil combination often. If the oil has not evaporated by the end of the week, go a head and swirl it around in the glass to get is stirred up again.
If you feel the mixture is not evaporating at the rate you would like, you can add a few drops of alcohol to the oil mixture to help accelerate the evaporation process. You can also flip the ends of the bamboo about every 3 days to speed up the scent releasing process.
Once you made your own, consider making one as a gift. Reusable products like this diffuser are presents that keep on giving!
Freshening up your home just got easier and more eco-friendly with this homemade diffuser. Change out the oil mixtures based on your mood, season, or simply what oils you have at the time. Making homemade, sustainable decor is perfect for any home, especially for those looking to add their own flare to a room.
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