Learn how to make your own essential oil reed diffusers, featuring a delicious Christmas scent of clove, cedarwood, sweet orange and vanilla, in beautiful glass bottles that will enhance your holiday decor.
Decorating for Christmas involves more than just hanging ornaments on a tree and arranging pretty things, just so. It’s also about creating an ambiance — a feast for the senses.
Today’s project — a DIY essential oil reed diffuser — definitely helps put you in that Christmas state-of-mind with its notes of vanilla, clove, cedarwood and sweet orange.
Before I pull the bins of Christmas decor out of the attic, I start my decorating by swapping out the fall candles and scents around the house with Christmas ones. These easy-to-make reed diffusers in beautiful glass bottles are designed to be showcased as part of your holiday decor — not hidden. And they can be customized to match your Christmas color scheme and other decorations.
I’m excited to be joining with a group of other bloggers and craft companies for the 7th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop, hosted by Smart Fun DIY.
More than 100 bloggers are sharing their holiday gift ideas, decor ideas and food gift and recipe ideas. You’ll find links to all the projects at the end of this post. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post, too.
These reed diffusers make handmade great gifts and holiday decor, and you can whip up a batch in no time while sitting at your kitchen table watching a Hallmark holiday movie.
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Supplies for Reed Diffusers
- Vanilla Absolute essential oil
- Clove Bud essential oil
- Cedarwood essential oil
- Sweet Orange essential oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Glass bottles with corks
- Reed diffuser sticks
- Faux berries
- Assorted holiday ribbon
- Baker’s twine
- Miscellaneous labels
- Hot glue
How to Make Reed Diffusers
Before mixing the Christmas fragrance, decorate the bottle you’ll be using for your reed diffuser.
I decorated the three I made in a variety of ways. For this one, I just hot glued a strip of holiday ribbon around the bottle and added a pinecone to the top of the cork.
You can make your own jar labels, or grab some pre-made ones from the craft store and hang them around the neck of your jar. Tie the reeds to the bottle with baker’s twine.
You can also hot glue holly berries to the jar neck and add a piece of red ticking ribbon.
Hot glue a pinecone to the top of the cork.
The the reeds together with ribbon and add a sprig of berries.
The size of your bottles will determine how much scented oil you’ll need to make for each reed diffuser. I like to fill mine about half-way full.
Christmas Scent Recipe
- 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
- 4 Tablespoons vodka
- 12 drops Vanilla Absolute essential oil
- 6 drops Clove Bud essential oil
- 12 drops Cedarwood essential oil
- 8 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
In a glass measuring cup, combine the sweet almond oil and vodka. Stir to combine.
Add essential oils and stir to incorporate.
Pour into glass bottles and cork.
To use the Christmas scent reed diffusers, uncork and add the sticks to the bottles. After 10 minute, flip the sticks and you’ll begin to smell the Christmas scent in the air. Use more sticks for a more concentrated fragrance and fewer to a lighter scent.
I really wish we had scratch-and-sniff computer technology, because my house smells so good right now!
And yours will, too, when you make these reed diffusers to add to your Christmas decor to to give as gifts.
For more great holiday decorating, gifting and food ideas, be sure to visit these blogs.
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