Looking for a way to make your home smell good naturally? You’ll love this easy DIY reed diffuser. This simple project will help you infuse your home with non-toxic aromatherapy.
It makes me so happy when my friends come into the house and immediately remark that my house smells like a spa.
With this homemade diffuser and essential oils, it’s easy to make the room smell amazing! It’s a super easy DIY to make and is great for places where you can’t plug anything in.
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Originally posted February 13, 2019. This post has been updated with better instructions and more information to help you make your own diffuser!
This Reed Diffuser DIY is so EASY!
I use a scent diffuser just about every day. I like to roast veggies and ever since one of my son’s friends came over and said my house smelled like farts, I was like, OK, I gotta make sure my house smells better than that. I’m better than farts!
I love this simple DIY shower diffuser I made with lava stone (or this battery-operated shower diffuser) and right now I have this DIY oil diffuser on my desk since I’ve maxed out my plugs with my computer and lamps.
This homemade reed diffuser is another great diffuser for my desk.
Making your own diffuser is easy and inexpensive way to enjoy aromatherapy.
How to Make a DIY Reed Diffuser
Supplies for Your Diffuser
You can also use witch hazel but vodka works just as great. You probably have some hanging out in your kitchen (vodka is perfect for making all your favorite easy cocktail recipes).
The vodka is used to help the essential oils disperse better in the water. Oil and water don’t mix as you learned in science class. I like using vodka since it has less of an odor than witch hazel.
Steps for Making a Homemade Reed Diffuser
Add the vodka and essential oils in the glass bottle. Yeah, I know that this photo shows the water in a bowl.
But I had forgotten it works better to have it in a bottle so you can shake it up really good. Use your thumb or a few layers of paper towels to cover the hole and give it a really good shake.
I added about 20 drops of the essential oils. This easy DIY reed diffuser is a great way to freshen up a space but it does not last as long as a plug-in diffuser (this diffuser is my favorite!).
Use the funnel to add water to the bottle. And shake it up really good again.
How to Use Your Reed Diffuser
Add a bundle of reeds to the water and oil mixture in the bottle.
Soak one end of the reeds, in the oil mixture, for about 5 minutes.
Then turn them over and your DIY diffuser with reeds is good to go!
For this essential oil blend, I wanted something that was refreshing and full of yummy and bright citrus flavor. I add a touch of rosemary to amp up the freshness.
How Long Does the Scent Last?
With this homemade reed diffuser, you’ll need to freshen up the oils frequently. At least every other day.
You can also turn the reeds over to allow the side that has been soaking in the oil-infused water to scent the room.
The water and vodka with the oils will evaporate over about a week. To keep your scent fresh, simply follow the direction above and remake!
This simple DIY Reed Diffuser is also a cute DIY gift idea for friends and neighbors.
I know you can buy ready-made diffusers with reeds, but so many of them use chemicals and artificial scents to make them able to fill the room better.
But I like the idea of making a more natural, non-toxic version.
If you love to use aromatherapy in your home and are looking for more easy ways to diffuse your favorite oils, I have more posts for you to check out.
- Throw a Wine and Oils Party – Host a fun Wine and Essential Oils party for your oil loving friends! A little wine tasting and some custom oil blending, this is a fun party idea for any time of year.
- DIY Keychain for Oils – Take your aromatherapy oils with you by making a simple DIY Essential Oil Keychain. Just put a few drops on the leather tassel and enjoy the scent as you drive or run errands!
- Essential Oil Good Vibes Spray – Don’t want to make a diffuser, try your hand at creating an essential oil blend to spray throughout your home. Using a similar technique to the DIY reed diffuser above, you’ll love this Essential Oil Room Spray.
- The Essential Oil Perfume You Need – Now that your rooms are taken care of, think about yourself. This post shares several of my favorite Essential Oil Perfumes that I know you’re going to love.
Make Your Own Essential Oil Diffuser with Reeds
Pin this Homemade Reed Diffuser Tutorial for Later:
I love how simple this DIY reed diffuser looks. It blends into all types of home decor and works in any room.
You can also embellish the bottle if this is a little too plain for you. It gives off a subtle scent and is a great way to add aromatherapy around your home without having to use an electric diffuser.