Reed diffusers and fragrant oil are one of the latest and greatest ways to fill a space with fragrance, but they can be quite expensive compared to other types of scented air fresheners. The scent provided by fragrant oil and a bamboo reed diffuser is longer lasting than other varieties of scented air fresheners, and it is far more decorative and stylish. Consider the following way to make a homemade reed diffuser. With a homemade reed diffuser in a fragrance of your choice, you will save a considerable amount of money and have a stylish air freshener that looks as great as it smells. My friend sells these homemade reed diffusers and fragrant oil at craft shows, and they are just as good or better than the store-bought variety.
Homemade Fragrant Oil for a Reed Diffuser
To make a scented reed diffuser you will need a small glass container with a narrow neck. A small vase is perfect for making a reed diffuser. You will also need essential oil in a scent of your choice, budget vodka, and safflower or sunflower oil. Begin by filling the glass container about halfway with the safflower oil, and add twenty to twenty-five drops of essential oil, depending on how strong you want the fragrance. Next, add approximately one teaspoon of vodka to the mix. Some people use rubbing alcohol when making reed diffuser oil, but it is not the best choice since the percentage of alcohol is not high enough to work properly. Stir the reed diffuser oil thoroughly, and place three or four homemade bamboo reeds inside the container. Turn the reeds often to spread the scent throughout the room. Also, consider mixing various essential oil scents to come up with your own unique fragrant blend.
Homemade Bamboo Reeds for a Reed Diffuser
To make a set of homemade bamboo reeds to use with a fragrant oil diffuser you will need a package of bamboo skewers. The pointed ends do not have to be cut off. The bamboo will absorb the fragrance and dispel the scent throughout the room. Once the homemade scent has had a chance to soak into one end of the homemade reeds, turn them over and allow the other ends to absorb the fragrance. This will help each reed to absorb the liquid faster and create a stronger fragrance.
For something different try using willow or rattan reeds instead of bamboo skewers. These are available online, and they can be found in most major craft stores. This type of reed also does an excellent job of diffusing the scent of homemade fragrance, and it is cheaper than reed diffusers sold especially for use with fragrant oil.
A homemade reed diffuser complete with fragrant oil makes a great gift for those who love fragrance. Consider giving a gift of homemade fragrant oil in a clear capped bottle along with homemade bamboo reeds. Tie a narrow satin ribbon around the neck of the diffuser, and place it in a gift bag filled with colorful tissue paper along with the homemade bamboo reeds and a couple of other popular fragrant oil scents. The recipient will love the homemade reed diffuser, and it will cost far less than similar items sold at craft shows or in stores.