Learn how to make this DIY Essential Oil Diffuser with a simple terracotta pot. A super affordable gift to give and fun to create.
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 came up with the idea to create a diffuser using a flower-pot.
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.
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Supplies for a DIY Essential Oil Diffuser
- 4-inch Terracotta pot and saucer that fits on the top.
- Tealight candle
- Essential Oils - Bergamot, Lavender, Lemon (a few of my favorites)
- Dremel 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 Dremel tool. After watching this video from Dremmel, I decided to give it a try.
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.
Then, I also used a little bit of coarse sandpaper to sand the edges. No perfect, but I think this is something that requires a little practice.
Still, I was happy with the results.
DIY Essential Oil Diffuser
This DIY essential oil diffuser project turned out great. I ended up painting one of them for fun but it's not necessary.
Within minutes I could smell bergamot, my favorite oil, drifting throughout the room.
P.S. I really like working with essential oils and have several posts you may like such as Top 10 Essential Oil Projects You'll Love, one about making your own Homemade Cleaners that make the whole process of cleaning so much nicer. Also some bath and body DIYs like Blush Sugar Scrub and invigorating Shower Steamers.
- 4-inch Terracotta pot and saucer that fits on top
- Tealight candle
- Essential Oils
- Sand Paper
- Dremel tool
- Soak the pot in water for about 30 minutes.
- Cut a hole the size you want in the side of the pot using a Dremel.
- Sand the edges with coarse sandpaper.
- Paint the pot, or leave it natural.
- Place a tea light in the pot.
- Add your favorite essential oils to the top.
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