how to: make reed diffusers using thrifted vases

Come mid-winter, I straight-up yearn for open-window weather. I love the sounds of my neighborhood, but more than anything, I crave fresh air. Since we have at least a couple months to go before it’s warm enough to crack the windows, I’ve been keeping things fresh at home with these easy-to-make reed diffusers. Crafted out of with Goodwill vases and few ingredients—including a few you probably already have on hand!—this project comes together in about 15 minutes, and costs a mere fraction of store-bought air fresheners.


  • 2 thrifted vases — I looked for vases with narrow necks that were no more than five inches tall
  • Mineral oil — available at your local pharmacy and/or hardware store
  • Vodka
  • Carrier oil — sweet almond, jojoba and safflower oils will all work great
  • Essential oils — single-note oils or blends are both great options
  • Wooden reeds — I found mine at Michael’s


1. Start by gathering up your supplies.
diffusers step 1
2. Measure ½ cup of mineral oil into a glass measuring spout.
3. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of vodka. It’s naturally going to separate, so give it a good whisk to ensure it’s emulsified.
diffusers step 3
4. Now it’s time to mix up your scents. To keep it simple, I used two of my favorite essential oil blends: Veriditas Botanicals’ Good Samaritan blend and Aura Cacia’s Creative Juice. The sky’s the limit when it comes to essential oil combos, so feel free to play around! As long as you’re stay around 20-30 drops per ¼-cup carrier oil, you should be in good shape.
diffusers step 4
5. Using a small funnel, pour the carrier-oil blend into a vase, followed by half the mineral oil-vodka mixture. Repeat with your second vase.
6. Insert a handful of the reeds into each vase, stirring the oil around. After a few hours pass, flip the sticks over, so the end that hasn’t been dipped gets a turn in the oil. For the most fragrant results, flip your sticks every few days. Depending on the size of your vases, these diffusers should stay fragrant for at least a month or two.
Are you a fan of homemade air fresheners? If you have a good method or recipe up your sleeve, please do let me know!
A version of this post first appeared on the Goodwill / Easter Seals Minnesota blog.

around my room


I spent some time spiffing up my bedroom over the weekend.
Wanna nose around?

I noticed after taking these my bedroom is over-run with three things: photos, the color pink and sentimental sayings. Not pictured in this tour: dust bunnies, piles of dirty laundry, miscellaneous socks and dog hair.



Glory be, isn’t this the prettiest lake in the world?

Every time I visit home, I take a solo trip to the beach. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s 70° and sunny or 20° and icy, or if I spend an afternoon there or just half an hour…being by the water makes me feel sooooo gooooood. I don’t realize how much I miss living by a huge body of water until my feet are on the sand, and I’m just enchanted by the water, the waves and that sky.

Anyway, I hope you all had wonderful, joy-filled weekends. I’ll be back to regular posting soon. Now, though, it’s time to start tidying up my very messy house and readying myself for the work week…I have an extra special house guest coming in just a few short weeks and have *lots* to do before she arrives. Plus, welcoming the new year with a cleansed, pared down household just feels right.