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Now, I’m not really crafty, but I’ve got a great DIY for you today. This homemade reed diffuser tutorial is so simple it’s basically foolproof! If you can add some liquid to a bottle then this is the DIY for you!
I have a small old bottle collection, and I wanted to use some of them in a practical way, rather than just have them gathering dust on a shelf. At the same time I was also looking for a way to freshen my bathroom without going down the chemical air freshener route because the smell of standard air fresheners and synthetic fragrances (especially the plugin ones) makes me feel sick, and I don’t like using essential oil burners because of having a small child in the house.
I came up with this idea for a homemade reed diffuser because it had the dual purpose of practically using my bottles, and it scents my bathroom in an environmentally friendly and natural way without the use of chemicals or synthetic fragrances. Win!
It worked so well I thought I’d share my technique because I’m good like that! Here’s how you can make your own homemade reed diffuser for pennies, in minutes, and with only a few ingredients:
Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY
Clean glass jar preferably with a narrow mouth
60 ml of sweet almond oil
30 drops of essential oil of your choice.
A handful of reed sticks
Pour 60ml of sweet almond oil into your glass jar
Add your essential oil(s). I used 10 drops of rosemary oil and 20 drops of grapefruit oil as I wanted a clean citrus smell for my bathroom.
Wipe down your jar with a cloth to remove any oils that might have dripped down the sides.
Add your reed sticks.
After a few hours remove your reed sticks and place them in upside down to help the oils travel up the sticks.
Place in a spot away from children and pets and enjoy the lovely aroma!
Homemade Reed Diffuser Notes
I bought my sweet almond oil, essential oils (rosemary and grapefruit) and reed sticks from eBay. I’ve got plenty left of each to make heaps of reed diffusers!
Use a bottle or jar with a narrow opening as the oil will evaporate at a slower rate than a jar with a wide opening.
If the smell starts to go a bit flat try taking the reed sticks out and placing them back in the liquid upside down.
The scent in this homemade reed diffuser isn’t anywhere near as strong as its shop bought counterparts, so don’t expect a really strong fragrance. For that reason, I find it best to place the diffuser in a small area, such as a bathroom, rather than trying to scent your living room.
Some people also swear by adding vodka to their diffuser as they say it helps the oils travel up the reeds. I didn’t have any vodka in the house so wasn’t able to try this. Let me know if you do!
I hope you enjoy making! The diffuser would make such a lovely homemade gift, so definitely one to keep in mind if you’re ever in need of any eco-friendly gift ideas!
ps: if you like this try my homemade beeswax candle DIY!