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Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY – How To Make Your Own

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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!

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Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

It worked so well that 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! Alternatively, if you need something stronger scented, do check out my guide to eco-friendly air fresheners.

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

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How to Make Beeswax Tealight Candles

how to make beeswax tealight candles

Let me show you how to make beeswax tealight candles!

I find January to be such a dark month, especially once the Christmas lights have been packed away.  I always think we need a bit of light and sparkle to get us through the month.  So, at the weekend I experimented with making my own beeswax tealight candles.

It was so easy and successful (for a crafting novice like myself!) that I’ve put together a simple easy guide on how to make beeswax tealights for you.  Hopefully, it will help brighten up your month too.

I always assumed that making candles would be difficult or would require some specialist equipment or tools.  The good news is that you don’t!  In fact, you can make these beautiful beeswax tealight candles in about twenty minutes flat in your own kitchen.  The best bit is you don’t need any specialist equipment.  Nothing more than some basic candle-making supplies, an old tin can, and a saucepan of water will suffice!

How to Make Beeswax Tealight Candles

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Ingredients

To make beeswax tealight candles you will need:

4 metal or ceramic containers I used old pie tins found on eBay*.
Approximately 300g beeswax pellets* for four tealights
4 petroleum-free candle wicks with sustainers*
Clean tin can
Saucepan
Newspaper
Bamboo Skewers

Instructions

To make beeswax tealight candles, first, gauge how many pellets you need per holder. To do this, simply fill your container with beeswax pellets. Pour these into the tin can, and then repeat. Through trial and error, I’ve found that to get the right amount of wax you need double the amount of pellets that your container can hold.

natural beeswax pellets

Next, put some newspaper down to protect your work surface.

Now put your tin can containing the pellets into a small saucepan of boiling water, and keep boiling. Just take care not to get any water into your can.

Whilst the pellets are heating in the can, stir with a bamboo skewer to help the wax break down into a liquid. It should take around 15-20 minutes to completely liquefy.

Once the wax has completely liquefied turn off the hob.  Next, using an oven glove, very very carefully lift the hot can out of the water.  Now slowly pour the melted beeswax into your tealight candle container. Take extreme care with this as the wax will be very very hot.

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Add your wick.  It may need support with a skewer until the wax starts to firm up again.

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Once the beeswax tealight candles have hardened trim your wick to no more than 1cm in height.

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Finally, burn as you would any other candle.

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As with any candles always bur your beeswax tealight candle on a heat-resistant surface, and never leave a burning candle unattended.

Variations on Beeswax Tealight Candles

You can use any metal or ceramic container that you like for these beeswax tealight candles.  I picked up these old metal pies tins on eBay last year and have been hoarding them until I could decide how best to use them.  However, I saw that Artemis of Junkaholique made candles in enamel mugs that looked really pretty too.  I’ve also seen candles made in teacups before.  And you could even use tin cans for extra recycling points!

If you want to make scented beeswax tealight candles you could add some essential oils to the pellets as you’re melting them down.  Lavender is one scent that immediately springs to mind that could be really nice!

I think these beeswax tealight candles would make a lovely eco-friendly gift idea.  I kind of wish I had thought to make them before Christmas, but hey, it’s a good excuse to keep them all to myself!

If you have any beeswax leftover, then these beeswax wraps are another really easy and practical make. And if DIY isn’t for you, do check out my guide to the best beeswax candles to buy, to get all the benefits without any of the work!

beeswax candle DIY

Here’s to a light and bright January!