DIY Reed Diffuser

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DIY Reed Diffuser
Make a personalised reed diffuser inexpensively. (reed fence image by Gudellaphoto from

Make a DIY reed diffuser to save money. Commercial reed diffusers are expensive, but with a few inexpensive components you can do it yourself and make enough reed diffusers for yourself as well as for family and friends. Another plus to making your own reed diffuser is choosing the exact scent you want instead of the scents available for sale.

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Things you need

  • Small bowl
  • Mineral oil
  • Fragrant essential oils
  • Vodka
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • Decorative jar, vase or bottle
  • Funnel or measuring cup

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    In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of mineral oil and enough scented essential oil to create a scent you like. Common fragrances of essential oil are cinnamon, lavender, peppermint and rose. Use about 12 drops for 1/2 cup of oil, but adjust the strength of the scent to your liking. Add 1/2 tsp of vodka. The alcohol will help the essential oil and the mineral oil combine. Mix well.

    DIY Reed Diffuser
    Mix complementary essential oils to create your own signature scent. (olive oil in bottle image by jimcox40 from
  2. 2

    Set the bamboo skewers on a cutting board and chop off the pointed tips or use strong scissors to snip off the points so they resemble reeds from commercial reed diffusers. Use six to eight skewers depending on the size of your jar or bottle.

    DIY Reed Diffuser
    Bamboo skewers make excellent reeds. (wooden kebab sticks image by Alison Bowden from
  3. 3

    Keep your decor in mind when choosing a glass vase or jar for the reed diffuser. A simple bud vase or a glass bottle will work. The smaller the opening at the top the better because the scented oil will work up the reeds to scent the room instead of directly through the jar opening.

    DIY Reed Diffuser
    Choose a decorative bottle with a small opening. (wases and bottle image by Maria Brzostowska from
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    Carefully pour the scented oil into the bottle till it is about half full. Use a funnel or a measuring cup with a spout if the opening is small. Arrange the skewers and set in a place where the reed diffuser will not be bumped.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have extra scented oil, store it in a covered glass jar or give this to friends along with their own jar and skewers.
  • Keep reed diffusers out of reach of children and pets.

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