How to make a reed diffuser

Save money, reduce waste and ensure your home smells exactly as you like it with our simple, step-by-step guide to how to make a reed diffuser

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Whether you're looking to save money and reduce waste or are simply seeking craft inspiration, making your own reed diffuser is the easiest way to ensure your home smells exactly as you like it to. 

In addition to all of this, our recommended ingredients are all natural, reducing exposure to the harsh chemicals that can be found in some reed diffusers and artificial air fresheners; in fact, most of the materials needed are likely already laying around your house.

Follow our simple, step-by-step instructions to find out how to make a reed diffuser and have your home filled with your desired fragrance before you know it. 

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To make a reed diffuser you will need:

  • A glass or ceramic container with a narrow opening – this could be bought new or upcycled from around the house.
  • A base oil – choose from almond oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil or fractionated coconut oil.
  • Your choice of essential oils – this could be one fragrance or a combination of oils blended together.
  • Reed diffuser sticks – choose either built-for-purpose reeds or simply chop the sharp ends of any bamboo skewers you may have already.

1. Mix your base and blending oils

Using the basic ratio of approximately 70 per cent base oil to 30 per cent essential (or blending) oils as a guide, experiment with scent combinations until you've achieved your desired home fragrance.

Popular scents include pine, eucalyptus and peppermint if you prefer fresh scents; lavender or patchouli if you're looking for something calming, or lemon and bergamot for a more uplifting addition to your home. 

2. Pour your scent solution into your container

Once you've experimented with base to blending oil ratios and have found a scent that suits the mood of your home, add your fragrance blend to your container.

Remember, you'll want to ensure that the inside of your container is glazed, otherwise you might encounter leaks at a later date.

3. Add your reeds

If you're using bamboo skewers, take the time to remove any sharp ends. Then, insert enough skewers into your container so that they sit comfortably – they don't want to be packed in – and leave to soak up the essential oils for a day or so.

4. Rotate your reeds

Once you've allowed your reeds to soak up your fragrance for a day or so, rotate the reeds and enjoy a fragrant addition to your home. From there on, rotate reeds on a weekly basis.

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Emily Shaw
Emily Shaw

Emily first (temporarily) joined the Real Homes team while interning on her summer break from university. After graduating, she worked on several publications before joining Real Homes as Staff Writer full time in mid-2018. She loves a second-hand bargain and sourcing unique finds to make her rented flat reflect her personality.