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DIY Oil Diffuser

One of the most important elements in creating a desirable home is having beautiful scents throughout. I usually love opening windows, displaying fresh flowers, and burning candles to achieve this – and now I have one more to add to the list: oil diffusers. I discovered that you can actually create an oil diffuser at home, and now I’m obsessed. You can customize the scent, the sticks, and the bottle to your liking. Here’s how it’s done!

What you need:

DIY Oil Diffuser Materials
A glass bottle with a narrow opening, essential oil, and sticks of your choice. You can buy reeds that are specifically made for oil diffusers or you can just go outside and gather some sticks! Dried and peeled twigs, branches, and stems work wonders. These things are naturally made to draw liquid upwards, so this is how they will disperse the scents into the air.

What you do:

Fill your glass bottle with some drops of essential oil of your choice, fill to the top with warm tap water, and put your sticks into the bottle. Use about 20-30 drops of oil for every 8 ounces of water.  You can combine different types of essential oil to create the scent of your dreams. I really love lavender and eucalyptus together.

DIY Oil Diffuser

If you want to further personalize this project, decorate your bottle! I painted one with light blue dots of fabric paint, inspired by these mason jar lanterns.

Decorating glass bottle

To another bottle, I attached a little piece of birch bark and a feather using hot glue.

DIY Oil Diffuser

These oil diffusers are so gorgeous and make excellent gifts! I love the idea of packaging a few of them together, each with a different scent.

DIY Oil Diffusers

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vivi -August 15, 2013, 8:00AM

I had been wondering if this was a possible diy every time I passed the super expensive diffuser kits in the mall. I am so making one of these this weekend.

meg -August 15, 2013, 9:03AM

I am a huge fan of diffusers!
Thanks for sharing a DIY version so I don’t have to buy them anymore. :)

Hemingway -August 15, 2013, 9:30AM

I love this idea. Thank you!

Juliette Laura -August 15, 2013, 11:32AM

Oh I love this! Definitely making one for my dorm!

xo, Juliette Laura

katie -August 15, 2013, 1:02PM

such a cute idea. love it, and can’t wait to try it! xo katie

Shara -August 15, 2013, 4:38PM

I love the idea of using natural twigs. Reeds look too artificial to me. GREAT idea!

Megan -August 15, 2013, 7:57PM

This is such a cute idea! I can’t wait to try it out.

Knitascarf -August 21, 2013, 3:58PM

These could get expensive I’m glad I came across this idea.

Crista -August 30, 2013, 10:09PM

it’s that simple, huh?

Keyona -September 13, 2013, 6:38PM

Super cool!!! thanks for sharing :)

Kate -September 13, 2013, 8:26PM

Do I have to peel the twigs/small branches, or will they diffuse just fine without peeling them? When I try to peel them, they just break! Thank you for the wonderful idea =)

christine -September 21, 2013, 1:32PM

anyone tried this? does it work?

Natalie Beck -October 7, 2013, 10:46AM

Similar to the idea of having a room diffuser if you take a small bowl of 2 parts essential oil: 1 part water and place it on top of your radiator whilst its on it not only adds the scent to the air but also assure that the moisture in the room removed by the heat of the radiator is replaced. :)

DressDr -October 18, 2013, 10:17AM

Fp Bridgette, you are brilliant. Not only have you come up with beautiful designs, the twigs are WAY better than any store bought option. Thanks for the reminder of how nature works and for the lovely inspiration.

Iiduska -December 23, 2013, 4:49AM

They are so cute! Because of allergies I can’t use any smells by my self but one of my friends is a true Indian fan. I have to do this for her, her birthday is coming ♥ Thank you!

Marianne -January 20, 2014, 6:12AM

I wonder if it works. I use the essential oils since a long time. You have to heat them a little tot diffuse tje smell of it. … Normal diffusers content lots of ingredients which make the oils volatile … so I doubt that this really works. Though I love the idea

Abel -March 14, 2014, 3:54AM

Id love to buy some off of you. I dont have the time to put them together.

Moe -September 17, 2014, 2:04PM

Love this idea! Just about to hunt for some good twigs! I love the bottle with the feather on it, but I can’t seem to figure out what’s holding it on there.. does anyone know?

krista -December 15, 2014, 6:13PM

i use cooking oil instead of water! pine, tangerine, and vanilla scents are my favorite. =)

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