DIY Easy Reed Diffuser Recipe

DIY Easy Reed Diffuser Recipe

Fragrance Reed Diffusers don't require any flames, plugs, or batteries. Instead, they use wooden sticks (or reeds) to pull the fragrance oils from the bottom of the bottle to the top of the reed, where the scent then evaporates into the air. Reed diffusers are great for smaller rooms or/and as a low maintenance diffuser that doesn't need constant attention. 

You can find them in many stores, including our fantastic selection, but it could be fun - and cheaper - to make your own. Today, we give you a straightforward and inexpensive recipe that you can try at home! 

What do you need? 


Reeds are the main item you will use to diffuse oils. For best results, your reeds should stick up out of the jar by at least 2 inches; we recommend a bit more, but it's up to you. 

Carrier Oil: Witch Hazel, Vodka, or Rubbing Alcohol

Alcohol or witch hazel helps dilute essential oils to travel up the reeds more easily. We don't recommend using water alone, as the scent doesn't diffuse well.

We like using witch hazel, but vodka works best between the alcohol options. If you use rubbing alcohol, you may notice a rubbing alcohol aroma until that evaporates. It won't take long, but keep it in mind!

Essential Oil

You can make your recipes or use pre-made blends. But whatever the formula you're using, you need about 25 total drops of essential oil. 

Small, narrow-necked jar

You can use anything you have around the house - a vase, a glass bottle, or something a bit fancier. We did our first round with cheap bottles, but there are a lot of cute jars that you can get! 

DIY Reed Diffuser


  • Sticks/Reeds: 5 rattan reeds or bamboo skewers 

  • Carrier Oil: 2 tbsp Vodka

  • Essential Oil: 25 drops of an essential oil blend. We used Peace & Quiet Blend, but you can use any other mixture. 

  • Water: 2 tbsp Distilled 

  • Jar: We used a bottle that I had at home for the first round of diffusers and also bought these jars to give away to the family!


  1. Add vodka and your selected essential oil blend to the jar. Swirl for at least 30 seconds to mix.

  2. Add water.

  3. Place reeds into a jar. Allow them to soak for a few hours, then flip the reeds, so the opposite end is in the pot. Flip the reeds every few days and refresh the mixture every three weeks.


  • Use this diffuser to scent a small space like a bathroom or office. 

  • Check the information on each oil you use to see if your blend is safe to use with kids.

  • Not all essential oils are safe to diffuse around cats or dogs.

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