How to Make Reed Diffusers

Reed diffusers offer another home fragrance option to scented candles.
Reed diffusers offer another home fragrance option to scented candles.

Although reed diffusers aren't as expensive as they once were, you may still wish to learn how to make these items yourself. Learning how to make reed diffusers is not difficult and it gives you the chance to create a completely customized fragrance experience for your home. Reed diffusers are also great to give as gifts to your family and friends.

How-To Instruction for Reed Diffusers


  • Container
  • Fragrance oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Budget vodka
  • Bamboo skewers


  1. Mix a solution of 1/3 fragrance oil, 1/3 vegetable oil, and 1/3 budget vodka, filling the bottle approximately 2/3 full.
  2. Insert the bamboo skewers, flipping them two or three times to make sure the oil is completely absorbed in all parts of the skewers.
  3. Place your reed diffuser in a spot where it won't be tipped over.
  4. Whenever your fragrance needs refreshing, simply flip the skewers over to add a fresh boost of scent to the room.


Choosing a Container

Can't decide what type of container is best to use for your homemade reed diffuser? The ideal container is tall with a narrow opening, but you can be creative in selecting the exact size and shape of your diffuser. Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Bud vases
  • Candle holders
  • Spice jars
  • Empty perfume bottles
  • Empty olive oil bottles

Creative Scent Blends

Obviously, the easiest way to learn how to make reed diffusers is to stick with single note fragrances. However, if you want to make something a bit more distinctive, you can try combining several different fragrance oils. Here are a few blends to try:

  • Apple spice: apple, cinnamon, vanilla, orange, nutmeg, and clove
  • Berry explosion: cranberry, strawberry, and mango
  • French toast: cinnamon and vanilla
  • Hearts and flowers: jasmine, lavender, rose, and baby powder
  • Spiced punch: pomegranate and cinnamon
  • Springtime: lilac, violets, and fresh linen
  • Wedding cake: vanilla, almond, and clove

If you're interested in aromatherapy, you could try the following fragrance combinations:

  • Combat anger: orange and patchouli
  • Help insomnia: chamomile, clary sage, and bergamot
  • Boost energy: peppermint, frankincense, and lemon
  • Reduce stress: clary sage, lemon, and lavender
  • Promote confidence: orange and rosemary
  • Happiness: rose, sandalwood, and bergamot

Fundraiser Option

If you enjoy making reed diffusers and have a worthy charitable organization you'd like to help, keep in mind that homemade diffusers are excellent fundraising tools. Instead of buying magazine subscriptions, wrapping paper, or overpriced candy, people will be happy to purchase a useful and attractive reed diffuser for their home. To learn more about using reed diffusers as a fundraising tool, visit LoveToKnow Charity.

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