DIY Reed Diffuser With Essential Oils

Air fresheners and reed diffusers are a great way to keep a room in your house smelling nice and fresh.

However, if you’re used to buying reed diffusers, you might be curious to learn how to make your own DIY reed diffusers at home with essential oils.

DIY Reed Diffuser With Essential Oils

In this article, I will cover how to make a DIY reed diffuser with essential oils. So, next time you’re looking to buy a reed diffuser, you can make one at home instead.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.

What Is A DIY Reed Diffuser?

DIY reed diffusers can be made with just a few simple ingredients and minimal equipment. Trust me, once you know how simple they are to make, you’ll wonder why you ever bought them in the first place!

All you need in terms of equipment is a glass jar and wooden reed diffuser sticks. To make your reed diffuser, you will need to find a small glass jar.

You can either choose a glass jar that suits or compliments the decor of your house well, or opt for a clear jar that is simple and goes with every room.

You can even use an old glass food jar and recycle it! It truly doesn’t matter provided you like the look of the jar!

Then you need to select an oil. Generally speaking, you want to opt for a thinner oil that will be able to travel up the reed diffuser sticks.

I find that sweet almond oil and fractionated coconut oil tends to work the best for homemade reed diffusers. If you’re using clear glass jars, fractionated coconut oil is the best choice as it is also clear.

The alcohol used in this reed diffuser helps to bind all the ingredients together, in turn enabling the reeds to draw up the scent better.

Lastly, you will need to choose the essential oils that you want to add to your reed diffuser.

This choice is subjective to you and your preferences, so the recipe below is just a simple one that allows you to pick your favorite blend of essential oils.

The great thing about making DIY reed diffusers is that you can experiment with a variety of different essential oils to make numerous reed diffusers for each room in your house.

In addition to this, DIY reed diffusers also make a wonderful gift and making them is relatively inexpensive!

A Guide On How To Make A DIY Reed Diffuser With Essential Oils

Equipment You Will Need


  • 10 to 15 drops of chosen essential oils
  • ¼ cup of fractionated coconut oil (or almond oil)
  • 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol (or any type of vodka)


Step One – Add Your Chosen Oil To Your Glass Jar

To begin, you will need to add ¼ cup of oil carefully to your glass jar.

Make sure that you do this slowly, otherwise you’ll have to clean the edges later as you don’t want the outside of your reed diffuser to be sticky.

Step Two – Pour The Rubbing Alcohol In

Next, you need to pour the rubbing alcohol (or vodka) into the glass jar. Now, you will need to make sure that you give it a little swirl around to ensure that the alcohol is well combined with the oil.

Step Three – Add Your Chosen Blend Of Essential Oils

Next, you will need to add your chosen blend of essential oils. How much you add will depend on how potent you would like the reed diffuser to be.

Generally speaking, you should aim for around 10 to 15 drops of essential oil, as this will provide you with enough fragrance to fill the room with a glorious smell.

That being said, if it’s a particularly large room or you would like it to be stronger, then feel free to add more.

Step Four – Combine The Mixture With A Reed Diffuser Stick

Once you have added the blend of essential oils, it’s time to mix those essential oils into the rest of the mixture.

Give your glass jar another swirl around, and use a diffuser reed to give it another mix around to ensure that the mixture is well combined.

Step Five – Add The Rest Of The Reeds To The Glass Jar

Last, but by no means least, you will want to add your reed diffuser sticks to the glass jar.

Make sure that the reed diffuser sticks aren’t all clumped together by fanning them out.

Now your reed diffuser is ready to use! Place it anywhere you like in the room, from the mantelpiece to the windowsill.

If you plan to make more than one reed diffuser, simply repeat the steps each time. If you want a bit of variation, you can mix up the blend of essential oils that you use.

Below is a variety of potential essential oil blends that you can use if you’re stuck for ideas on which oils to use together.

Potential Essential Oil Blends

When making your own reed diffusers, which essential oils you decide to use is entirely up to you and your preferences. That being said, a few essential oil blends include but are not limited to:

  • Lemon and peppermint
  • Geranium, clove, and orange
  • Eucalyptus and spearmint
  • Lavender and rosemary
  • Bergamot, lavender, and frankincense
  • Lavender, lime, and geranium
  • Lemon and rosemary
  • Lime, orange, and peppermint
  • Frankincense, lemon, and ylang ylang
  • Orange and peppermint
  • Lemon and orange
  • Lavender, peppermint, and clary sage
  • Lemongrass, eucalyptus, and lavender

In Summary

So, that’s how you make your own DIY reed diffuser with essential oils! It couldn’t be simpler once you know how.

Have fun experimenting with different essential oils to find the perfect combination for your DIY reed diffusers.

Good luck and have fun making DIY reed diffusers for your home!

Hannah Shiftle
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