DIY Reed Diffuser with Essential Oils

Make this DIY reed diffuser in two different ways! Both of them quick and very easy to do. Get the full tutorial here for this DIY essential oil reed diffuser.

up close view of an orange reed diffuser

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There’s something so refreshing about a house that smells good. Not overpowering in scent – just pleasant, fresh, clean, lovely.

A home you would love to spend time in.

There are many ways to create that effect in your own home. Deep cleaning certain areas will always help – like the garbage disposal, the refrigerator, and even your indoor trash cans.

But another way is with these DIY reed diffusers. You can whip them up in no time at all and trust me, your house will smell goooooood.

My scented sachet post has become pretty popular and some of you were wondering how you can take essential oils and make them scent a WHOLE room.

Well, my friends, that is what we are doing today.

reed diffuser on book stack
DIY Reed Diffuser

Of course, you can buy reed diffusers. But my favorite stores like Anthropologie and Pottery Barn want at least $20 bucks a pop.


When you can make these reed diffusers for mere cents!

Here’s how you can make one, too. One method uses Vodka and water, and the other method uses a carrier oil. Choose what works best for you! I’ve included the pros and cons of each.

How to Make a DIY Reed Diffuser with Vodka and Water

Materials Needed

ingredients needed for reed diffuser

In about five minutes you will have the sweetest smelling reed diffuser! And you did this all on your own. Great job!

  1. Mix equal parts of water and Vodka. I measured a 1/4 cup of each into a Pyrex Measuring Cup.
  2. Add in your essential oils. I used Vanilla because it’s my favorite scent. I used about 25 drops.
  3. Pour this mixture into your vessel and swirl to stir it up.
  4. Insert your Reed Diffuser Sticks and you’re done!
pouring essential oil mixture into container

Smells so good, right? And so easy!

Here are a few extra tips/tidbits:

  • Flip your reeds once a week or every few days or so to disperse more scent.
  • The more you flip your reeds, the faster the mixture will evaporate!
  • This water and vodka mixture is less messy (no oil spills!), but it will evaporate faster than a mixture with oil.
  • Use the best reeds to disperse the best scent (see below).
  • Do you still have a mixture left but no scent? Try using brand new reed sticks. Sometimes reeds can get clogged up and oversaturated.
  • The more reeds present, the more scent dispersed. Between 5 and 10 reeds is a good average number to use.

This reed diffuser will last you about a week. Yep, that’s about it. If you stay on top of it you can easily make more. If you want something that lasts a bit longer, try this next recipe with oil.

I’ll also give you some tips below about how to make a reed diffuser last longer.

How to Make a Reed Diffuser with a Carrier Oil

Materials Needed

  • Reeds – I used these reeds 
  • A narrow vase.  You can also use a mason jar – read below.
  • A carrier oil – I used sweet almond oil.
  • Essential oils of your choice.  I used Lemon and Bergamot because that’s what I had.  Hint: Lavender + Lemon + Bergamot is the bomb though!  I’m out of lavender though.
  1. Place about a 1/4 cup of sweet almond oil in your vase.
  2. Mix in about 20-30 drops of essential oils.  I used 15 drops of bergamot and 15 drops of lemon.  If you have a sensitive nose, start with a smaller dose and add more as needed.
  3. Swirl to mix it all up!
  4. Stick your reeds in your vase so the bottom is in the oil.
  5. Wait a few hours, then flip your reeds.  Ahhh, so fresh!

This type of DIY reed diffuser will last you a few weeks or more. Woot!

The Best Reed Diffuser Sticks and Where to Get Them

holding a bunch of dark rattan reed sticks

The best reed diffusers are made from Rattan. Rattan reeds are hollow and have channels that pull up the scent and disperse it.

I know some people have made reed diffusers from bamboo skewers. I’ve never tried this myself but I just know that rattan is the best material and you will get the best scent from them.

I get my reed diffuser sticks from Amazon. Here are a few favorites.

DIY Reed Diffuser with Essential Oils - Make this DIY reed diffuser in two different ways! Both of them quick and very easy to do. Get the full tutorial here for this DIY essential oil reed diffuser.

How to Make Your Reed Diffuser Last Longer

I wanted to include a few tips for getting your reed diffuser to last longer. First, the more narrow the opening on your vase, the longer your oils will last and not evaporate.  If you want to use a mason jar, you can drill a few holes in the top lid and stick your reeds through the holes.  This way, not too much can evaporate through that wide opening.

Second, use oil instead of water/vodka. The oil will evaporate less quickly for sure. And you can also try flipping your reeds less!

These reed diffusers are :

  • Inexpensive to make
  • Fun to customize with different scents – try coordinating with the seasons and holidays.
  • Need no flame (woot!)
  • Easy to create
  • Giftable!
  • Smell Amazing
  • Look pretty with your home decor
DIY reed diffuser with dark rattan diffuser sticks on stack of books in front of window

I can’t think of any other reason you wouldn’t want to try these! Perfect for any season. Happy Creating! 🙂

Thanks for visiting today,

xo Karen