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Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY – How To Make Your Own

make your own reed diffuser

Want to learn how to make a homemade reed diffuser?  Yes, it sounds tricky, but I promise it’s so easy!  

Now, I’m not really crafty, but 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!  Much like most of my natural cleaning products to DIY to be honest!

reed diffuser DIY

My inspiration for this project came from my old bottle collection. Rather than just have them gathering dust on a shelf, I wanted to use some of them in a practical way.  At the same time, I was also looking for a way to freshen my bathroom without going down the chemical air freshener route.  Artificially scented products may not be the best for your health, so it’s something I try to avoid.

The smell of standard air fresheners and synthetic fragrances (especially the plugin ones) also makes me feel sick.  And I don’t like using essential oil burners because of having a small child in the house.  Therefore, a homemade reed diffuser put high out of reach of my little one felt like a good option.  

I came up with this idea for a homemade reed diffuser because it had the dual purpose of practically using my bottles.  At the same time, it scents my bathroom in an environmentally friendly and natural way without the use of harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances.  Win!

homemade reed diffuser

Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

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:

Ingredients

A 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*

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!

It’s really important to 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. This means the scent will be stronger when using a bottle or jar with a narrow opening.

Instructions

To make your homemade reed diffuser, 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.
Then, after a few hours remove your reed sticks and place them back in the jar upside down. This helps the oils travel up the sticks.
Place in a spot away from children and pets and enjoy the lovely aroma!

Some Points to Note When Using A Homemade Reed Diffuser

make your own reed diffuser

It’s really important to bear in mind that the scent in this homemade reed diffuser isn’t anywhere near as strong as its shop-bought counterparts. Therefore, don’t expect a particularly strong fragrance.  For that reason, I find it best to place the diffuser in a small area, such as a small bathroom or WC, rather than trying to scent your whole living room. It’s a different experience to using a synthetic reed diffuser.

If you are struggling to smell anything from your diffuser, then some people also swear by adding vodka to their diffuser. Apparently, this helps the oils travel up the reeds.  I didn’t have any vodka in the house so wasn’t able to try this.  Do let me know if you do, and what effect it has!

Finally, if you find the essential oil smell starts to go a bit flat after a few days then don’t worry. Try taking the reed sticks out and placing them back in the liquid upside down.

I hope you enjoy making it!  The essential oil 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 idea!

ps: if you like this try my homemade beeswax candle DIY!

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green roof ideas

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After some green roof ideas?  I’ve got five for you today!

I’ve mentioned before that our new garden is essentially a tiny concrete yard.  It’s all laid to slabs with a small border around the sides for plants.  We’ve recently added a small bike shed to the space to house our bikes, and with its gently sloping roof I can’t help but think it would be perfect to build a green roof on to help inject a bit of greenery into an otherwise fairly barren space.

I found the initial idea here, when I spotted this picture:

green roof ideas
Photo Credit: Organic Roofs / homify

It’s actually a bike store slash log store in what looks like a small concrete garden.  You can see why it got my brain whirring!

I’ve since found five move green roof ideas on good old Pinterest that I thought I’d share in case you’re looking for some green roof inspiration too:

5 Clever Green Roof Ideas

bike shed green roof

Found via Pinterest on Melissa Jolly.

This bike shed is more in the style of ours.  I love the use of alpine plants.

As far as green roof ideas go, I love the idea of this second picture:

green roof bug hotel

Source: Greener Places

A bug hotel on a grand scale with a green roof (and even a green chimney!).  How cool would this be in the corner of an allotment?

green roof chicken coop

Source: Rebecca’s Bird Gardens

This chicken coop with a green roof is beyond lovely!

green roof bin storage

Source: Lisa Cox Designs

This is a clever and bespoke way to hide your bins and a great way to incorporate a green roof into a small area.

green roof bird houses

 Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Finally, in the last of my green roof ideas, adding a green roof to a bird house or feeder is a great way to add some greenery if you don’t have any outdoor space at all!

The best this is that as well as bring greenery into a small space, green roofs are great for the environment and can be fairly cheap to install.

There are a couple of things to consider when you’re building a green roof.  You’ll need to consider whether your structure can take the weight of the green roof (as well as the weight of the water that the soil will hold when it rains or when it’s watered) and you’ll also need to consider drainage issues.  I think we’ll need to reinforce our bike shed if we do go down the green roof route.  We didn’t spend a great deal of money on the shed and let’s just say it’s a little on the flimsy side!

Do you have a green roof?  Tell all!