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DIY Reed Diffuser with Essential Oils

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Learn how to make easy DIY Reed Diffusers with essential oils in this easy home decor craft.

DIY Reed diffuser set on blue and white striped towel with two bottles of essential oils

Reed diffusers are a nice, natural way to scent the air in your home and they look very pretty and inviting. The great thing is that you can make your own DIY reed diffuser using a fun glass bottle and few simple supplies.

I have found this to be a very easy craft that you can feel really good about. Plus, you can customize the scent with your favorite essential oils.

For a winter blend, I use Eucalyptus and Wintergreen. They bring a light, sweet and fresh aroma to the room and have wonderful properties for diffusing during the winter months. Less than five minutes after I made mine, I could already smell it really well

You can use any of your favorite essential oils and your favorite carrier oil for this project as well. Lemon, lavender and peppermint is a great combo for spring or summer.

Get creative and maybe even make a few DIY Reed Diffusers for friends and family for gifts. They are perfect for a guest room or bath!

Reed diffuser, two essential oil bottles and a brown glass plate displayed on a white and blue striped kitchen towel

DIY Reed Diffuser Tutorial

Learn how to make a DIY Reed Diffuser with essential oils to keep your home smelling amazing.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Supplies

  • Decorative glass bottle - preferably with a skinnier neck to help hold the reeds together
  • Wooden decorative twigs - or diffuser reeds. Choose ones that have a slicker finish like bamboo, not fragile ones that will easily peel or chip off. The number you'll need will depend on the bottle size you choose.
  • ¼ – ½ cup carrier oil - such as fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil
  • 20-30 drops essential oils - I used 12 wintergreen essential oil and 13 eucalyptus essential oil drops in my fairly large bottle

Tools

  • Funnel
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups

Instructions

  • For the carrier oil, you want it to be along about the bottom 1” of the bottle, so how much you use will depend on the width of the bottle you have. I used ¼ cup and it was fine for mine and my bottle is of a good size. Place the carrier oil in the mixing bowl or glass measuring cup.
    Pumping carrier oil into a glass measuring cup
  • Add your essential oil and whisk together well. Give it a test sniff – if you feel it’s not strong enough, add a few more drops and mix again.
    Whisking essential oils into the carrier oil in the glass measuring cup with a small metal whisk
  • Then, using your funnel, pour the oil into the bottle until it is all transferred.
    Pouring carrier oil and essential oil mixture from glass measuring cup through bright green funnel into a decorative glass bottle on the counter
  • Then add your reeds and make sure to push all of them down all the way to the bottom of the bottle so they're in the oil. If they are too high, they won’t draw up the oils, so just double check to make sure none are displaced. Now, you get to watch as the reeds drink up the natural oils.
    Bottom of glass jar filled with oil, with reeds dipping down into it to diffuse the scent
  • Place your reed diffuser in your favorite space and enjoy!

Notes

Once you notice the oils have dissipated and the reeds are no longer dark in color, you will know you need to refill the oil. It typically takes a week or two for this to happen, depending on size of your bottle. You can always drop in some more essential oils to freshen it up in the meantime too.

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