DIY Essential Oil Terra Cotta Diffuser

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Aromatherapy can be a powerful tool to help maintain both physical and mental health as well as maintain an overall sense of well being. You can apply some essential oil mixed with a carrier oil to your skin, but most of the time it makes sense to diffuse the oil. There are some great diffusers on the market but they are mostly stationary. So how do you diffuse oil on the go? You can use a small terra cotta charm as a personal diffuser. By using a personal diffuser you can diffuse oil that you might not want directly on your skin, like grapefruit oil; you can remove the necklace easily if you are around aroma-sensitive people; you can give them away with a few drops of oil as an inexpensive gift; or you can give them away to demonstrate the power of essential oil.  They are super easy and fast to make.

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You really don’t have to be the crafty type to make this personal diffuser, however, if you really don’t want to mess with it you can buy them from Spark Naturals. Here is the lavender terra cotta personal diffuser that I ordered from them. My guess is you’ll want to try your hand at making them though. This is also a great project to do with kids.

DIY Essential Oil Terra Cotta Diffuser

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Here is a shot of all the supplies. Let me break them down a bit.

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 You’ll need some terra cotta clay. We bought the air-dry variety and it worked well.

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You will need some cord to string your diffuser with. This is just some “suede” cord I found at a craft store. Waxed cotton thread also works well.

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You will need some cookie cutters, these are actually candy cutters/molds. Then you will also need a smaller roller. Do not use a rolling pin that you want to later use on food. As you can see from the photo the terra cotta does stain. We found this little one in the clay section of a craft store.

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You can use almost anything to make decorations on your personal diffuser. We tried metal leather-working stamps and we tried plastic candy molds, but the thing we found that worked the best were rubber ink stamps. You just have to find stamps that are fairly small. I found the ones in the flat package on Amazon here and here. They came as a sheet and in order to use them…

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I had to separate them with an x-acto knife. But after that they were super easy to use.

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To make your personal diffuser. Roll out your terra cotta clay.

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Use a candy cutter/mold to make the shape of the charm.

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Then decorate it with the designs using the rubber stamps.

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Here is a maple leaf.

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We found these small rubber stamps at a craft store.

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Use a straw to make a hole so the diffuser can be worn around your neck.

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This was one of my favorites.

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You can let the charms air dry – they take a few days to dry completely. However, I have this great machine that will get the job done in half the time. If you read this blog regularly you know exactly what I’m talking about. I put my Exclaiber to work on something besides food storage and it worked like a charm, pun intended.

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And there you have it! One of the easiest,  most fun, most inexpensive DIY projects to promote health and well-being that’ll you’ll find.

Have you made personal diffusers before? I’d love to hear how they turned out.

Don’t forget that I highly recommend Spark Naturals for all your essential oil needs and when you use coupon code AWCOW you’ll get 10% off your purchase. Click here to order.

 

  • Michelle H says:

    Very clever! I love this idea.

    I love my Excalibur and use it a lot more than I ever thought possible.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Mark LaughingBear says:

    That looks like a great holiday project with my girls! We used to make cookies and paint ceramics around this time of year. They’re all grown now and thousands of miles apart, but maybe a Skype project or at the very least email. 😉

    Call me dense but how does this become an “essential oil diffuser”? Are they to be worn? Hung over a lamp to warm them? Oil included in the curing process or no? How much oil? Or am I jumping the gun on part two? lol

    Thanks so much for this one, Jennifer!

    • Jennifer Osuch says:

      Hi Mark,
      You ask some great questions! The terra cotta is porous so the oil is soaked into the dry clay where it will remain for sometime. It will eventually dissipate and then the diffuser can be reused with another oil. They can be worn or hung, it’s up to the user. No, you do not need to put them over a lamp just relatively close to your nose. So wearing them around your neck is optimal. No, do not put oil on the diffuser while it drys. How much oil is up to you. I would start with one drop and then move up from there, with essential oil a little goes a long way.

      • Mark LaughingBear says:

        I learned a long time ago as a technical instructor that if a question isn’t asked, someone else in the room would have had the same question. So part of me was hoping I wasn’t the only one! lol

        Pretty much what I was thinking on these. Didn’t expect being able to change oils though! I’m also now thinking what a great way to decorate! Terra cotta fits into a southwestern motif so well that these could become a kind of room freshener / accent!

        Time to get some terra cotta clay!

        Thanks again, Jennifer!

  • Susan says:

    How thick do you roll the terra Cotta out before cutting?
    Thank you

    • Jennifer Osuch says:

      Hi Susan, I rolled it out to about 1/4 of an inch but you can make it thicker if you like. I probably wouldn’t make the Terra Cotta much thinner than 1/4 in because it could crack and break.

  • Leia Chester says:

    I have read some post about the essential oils and I found that there are so many ways to diffuse the oils. Beside many kinds of diffusers for the houses, the diffusers that I can do it myself make me really impressed. The way you provide in the post is very creative and it’s so beautiful with many leafs shapes. I love them. Thank you so much!

  • Chiro says:

    I love this! Especially the leaves and feather ones. I’m definitely going to make some. While I’m doing it, I think I’ll make a few unscented ones for brown sugar disks too.

  • Emily R. Smith says:

    Very awesome. And thorough post!
    I just have one diffusing necklace with a tiny piece of leather that I’ll surely go through in seconds.

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