How to make strong car air fresheners

Updated February 21, 2017

Car air fresheners help get rid of lingering smells such as cigarette smoke, food and pets. Common convenient store/petrol station car air fresheners are available in a limited number of scents and designs. However, fragrance oils, manufactured for candle making, can be used to make strong car air fresheners in hundreds of scents and designs that are more pleasant to look at, smell and last longer than store-bought ones.

Draw shapes on paper, using cookie cutters or other shape forms for ideas. Cut out the shapes from the paper to use as patterns.

Pin the pattern to the felt and cut out two identical shapes. Layer the shapes on top of one another to make sure the edges line up.

Lay the bottom piece of felt down on the work surface. Take a cotton ball and set it in the centre.

Drop four to five drops of fragrance oil onto the cotton ball with the oil dropper.

Apply a line of glue around the edge of the bottom layer. Lay the other felt cutout on top, lining up the edges. Press the layers together and let it sit until the glue has dried. If the layers come apart while drying, pin them together.

Punch a hole at the top of the felt shape. Cut a six-inch piece of ribbon and thread it through the hole. Knot the ends together to form a hanger.


Embellish the felt pieces with dimensional fabric paint before gluing them together. Let it dry for 24 hours before making into an air freshener. Instead of using craft glue, stitch the felt layers together with embroidery floss. Use dried lavender, spices, or potpourri in place of fragrance oil on the cotton ball.


Keep the oil out of reach of painted surfaces or plastic to prevent damage to the surfaces.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Cookie cutters or other shapes
  • Dressmaker pins
  • Craft felt
  • Scissors
  • Fragrance oil
  • Oil dropper
  • Cotton balls
  • Craft glue
  • Hole puncher
  • Ribbon
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