When my sister and I ran an herbal gift shop we sold a lot of essential oils, items made with essential oils, and accessories to go with essential oils. One, was a pretty ceramic diffuser, that you heated water with a few drops of the essential oil(s), simply from a tea light below. So, recently when I was decorating terracotta pots I got the idea to create a diffuser using a flower-pot. This diy essential oil diffuser was pretty easy to make, and I’ll show you how.
DIY Essential Oil Diffuser
If you are familiar with essential oils then you know that their natural fragrance is beyond compare. In addition, many people believe that they have great healing properties. I am not a medical professional however, and would not begin to claim any medicinal benefits, but I do love the way they smell.
All you need is a terracotta pot and a saucer that fits on the top, a tealight, and a Dremmel tool
The key to getting the diffuser to work is to cut a hole in the side, to let oxygen in, so that tealight stays lit. I did a little research and found some people using hole saws and others using a Dremmel tool. After watching this video from Dremmel, I decided to give it a try.
I did soak the pot in water for about 30 minutes as suggested in the video. On the second one I tried cutting it without soaking, and it took much longer to drill. As you can see, the first pass pretty ragged.
I went back and tried different speeds and worked on smoothing the opening the best I could. I also used a little bit of coarse sand paper to sand the edges. No perfect, but I think this is something that requires a little practice. Still, I was happy with the results.
And yes, they did work. I decided to paint one of them. I used some varnish on the top to protect the paint. Within minutes I could smell bergamot, my favorite oil , drifting throughout the room.