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How to Make a DIY Reed Diffuser

We’ve been loving our reed diffuser jars that are filling our house with all the good smells! I’ve placed these fragrant air fresheners around the house to help keep it smelling fresh and fragrant!

Decorating Reed Diffuser Jars with Bakers Twine

Make a DIY Reed Diffuser

We chose to add lavender essential oil drops for our jars as this scent is our family’s absolute favorite aroma! It’s so calming and soothing, especially during night.

DIY Reed Diffuser to Make at Home


  • Carrier oil: 1-2 inches safflower oil – this is your carrier oil, almond oil or baby oil can be used as well
  • Essential oil: 15-20 drops essential oil – for aromatherapy and fragrance
  • Jars: any jar will work with a small opening at the top
  • Sticksrattan reeds or bamboo skewers
  • optional: 90% proof alcohol – helps the oil travel up the sticks faster

DIY Reed Diffuser Supplies


1. Pour your safflower oil into your jar, 1-2 inches high from the bottom. You don’t need too much oil, just enough for the oil to travel up your sticks. For the jars, you can use anything you have around the house – a vase, a recycled jam jar, even a plastic or metal container will work. I found these jars at the thrift store and they have small openings to help my sticks stand up tall.

Making DIY Reed Diffuser Jars

2. Add in 15-20 drops of essential oils and stir them in or swirl them around. You can add more or less depending on your level of fragrance.

Optional: you can add in a teaspoon of alcohol at this point and stir it in to help the oil transfer up the sticks more quickly.

Lavender Essential Oils for DIY Reed Diffuser

3. Add your sticks to the jar and space them out. You can use them to stir the oil again. TIP: flip your sticks after a day or so to help the oil distribute faster.

Make a Reed Diffuser with Essential Oils

Now we decorate your jar! You can leave it as is, which is still a very pretty display, or you can add some string to the top of the jar for added color.

DIY Essential Oil Reed Diffuser


Cut a length of yarn, embroidery floss or baker’s twine. I’m using a purple twine to match the lavender essential oils I used. Wrap it around the top of your jar and tie it in a knot or bow.

Homemade Aromatherapy Reed Diffuser Air Freshener

Your reed diffuser is ready to swirl and place in an air freshening area!

Make a Homemade Aromatherapy Reed Diffuser

We have a few of these DIY Reed Diffusers around the house. I also love citrus fresh essential oil, my second favorite after lavender.

Essential Oil DIY Reed Diffuser

I’ve placed a citrus reed diffuser on my desk where I sit all day and can smell this bright and cheery smell!

Citrus Fresh DIY Reed Diffuser

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  1. I love this idea! I would like to know what the essential oils you would use for a fall scented diffuser. Thank you.

  2. Hi! Thank you for sharing this. This is by far the simplest step by step process I have read on how to make a DIY Reed Diffuser Oil.

    Just 1 question tho. How long does this last? Can I just keep putting drops of essential oils in the bottle if I notice the smell fading away? I figured I should ask how often should I do this because carrier oils aren’t cheap and I want to make 2 to 3 bottles for my apartment, I think I would need more than 1 bottle of the carrier oil.

    Thank you so much in advance for your response!

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