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$1.00 DIY Reed Diffuser from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

 $1.00 DIY  Decorative Diffuser

$1.00 DIY Reed Diffuser from cupcakesandcrinoline.comI love candles but good ones are expensive and with small children safety is an issue.  A nice, fragrant, decorative alternative to candles are diffusers but they can also be expensive.  I like to use what I have on hand recycling items that might otherwise be thrown away and this diffuser fits the bill.  I had been saving a small glass jelly jar that I liked because of it's square shape but was not sure what to do with it it until now.

Materials needed:

glass container {jar, vase, glass, etc.}

bamboo skewers 

liquid potpourri

  • Decorate your jar as desired-I used seam binding tied in a bow, a small tag and a charm
  • Place a few drops of essential oil of your choice or liquid potpourri into your container-½ inch to an inch will do
  • Snip off the pointed end of the skewers
  • Place skewers into your container-flip the skewers every few days

That's it! Easy and inexpensive.

Edited: A lot of people had questions about where to purchase the liquid potpourri - Casey was sweet enough to leave  her suggestions in the comment section  and I am also including her recommendations here for you!

Casey's comment-for everyone who is looking for liquid potpourri, it is in most major stores (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) in the candle/potpourri section. It comes in large plastic bottles and comes in many different fragrances. I have even seen it (and purchased mine) from the Dollar Tree. It is mostly used in the small fragrance burners, that have a tealight underneath and a cup for the fragrance above it. Hope this helps someone out there.

fragrant hugs, mb.

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  1. Live.Love.Eat says:

    That's such a great idea. Very creative!

    Thank you for stopping by and saying hello last week. Pretty blog you have!

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  2. maya | springtree road says:

    very, very nice. it looks like you bought it already made!

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  3. Kim@ForeverWherever says:

    Oh how nice! It looks beautiful and I bet it smells so nice! It would make a great gift!

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  4. Julia @ Hooked on Houses says:

    I'm loving this idea! It would make such a gorgeous gift. Thanks, Mary Beth! I always love seeing what creative--and pretty--things you come up with. 🙂

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  5. Oh I LOVE diffusers!! I'm going to try this!! I have the perfect little bottles too!!


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  6. What a great idea! I have some square jelly jars that I saved for something too and didn't know what to do with them, so this is perfect. Thank you 🙂


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  7. Great idea!! I collect antique green glass jars, and I'm thinking about how pretty that would be and fragrant!! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. suzy homemaker says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, what a wonderful smelling idea.....

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  9. Fifi Flowers says:

    Nice project! Does it last long. I love ones by GloSpa... and they last a long time.

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  10. Great idea! I might have to try this!

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  11. I love diffusers and never thought to make one...this is a wonderful idea! I love the house smelling pretty but am so nervous lighting candles with my little climber on the prowl all day. This is a great homemade alternative. Your jar is gorgeous! TFS

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  13. janet bishop says:

    What a great idea, but I don't believe I have ever seen liquid potpourri...where do you find it?


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  14. bellaguinness says:

    I am making this as soon as I find liquid potpourri. Where can I find that?

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  15. for everyone who is looking for liquid potpourri, it is in most major stores (wal-mart, target, etc.) in the candle/potpourri section. it comes in large plastic bottles and comes in many different fragrances. i have even seen it (and purchased mine) from the dollar tree. it is mostly used in the small fragrance burners, that have a tealight underneath and a cup for the fragrance above it. hope this helps someone out there.

  16. geek+nerd says:

    I really love this idea. This would be a perfect gift for my brothers' respective girlfriends. It's thoughtful, girly *and* budget conscious!

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  17. I love this idea! I didn't know you could make these yourself. I will be making these very soon for my home.

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  20. sandra407 says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post... nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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