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DIY reed diffusers {101 Days of Christmas}

Reed diffusers are another way to embrace the scents of Christmas throughout the holiday season. While the scent from the diffusers won’t be as strong as a room spray or electronic diffusers, these will add a light scent to the air, especially when used in a smaller room.

The options for scent combinations are virtually endless, as are the decorating options for your bottle or vase. {And, hey, another excuse to buy GT’s Synergy Kombucha, which comes in these great bottles!)

Use the reed diffuser(s) as part of your Christmas decor, or give them as gifts!

DIY Reed Diffuser


  • jar or bottle, plain or decorated
  • 4-5 reed diffuser sticks
  • 1/4-1/2 cup carrier oil (depending on the size of your container)
  • a splash or two of witch hazel, vodka, or rubbing alcohol
  • 20 drops of essential oil for every 1/4 cup of oil

Plant Therapy 100% Pure Essential Oils


Combine carrier oil, alcohol, and essential oils in a jar or vase. Add reed diffuser sticks.

After 1 hour, flip the sticks so that the oily ends are sticking out of the jar.

Continue to flip diffuser sticks every 4-5 days.

Add more oil mixture as necessary.

Christmas scents:

  • Christmas tree: 15 drops fir needle or pine plus 5 drops sweet orange
  • Spicy citrus: 8 drops sweet orange, 8 drops lemon, 3 drops cinnamon bark, 1 drop clove bud
  • Warm & cozy: 8 drops cinnamon bark, 8 drops sweet orange, 3 drops vanilla, 1 drop nutmeg
  • Home for the holidays: 10 drops sweet orange, 7 drops cinnamon bark, 3 drops pine
  • The great outdoors: 12 drops fir needle, 5 drops orange, 2 drops nutmeg
  • Or create your own!

To package as a gift:

Decorate the bottle or vase.

Mix carrier oil, witch hazel, and essential oils and pour into a small jar or bottle with a tight lid.

Wrap reeds in tissue paper.

Pack everything together in a box or gift bag for your recipient to assemble.

Projects from the archives:

Cinnamon-Applesauce Ornaments Milk Carton Ice Candles Cinnamon-Scented Pine Cones

Join us as we celebrate 101 Days of Christmas with new DIY projects, gift ideas, traditions and more every day from now through Christmas!