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 got 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.
All you need is a terracotta pot and a saucer that fits on the top, a tealight, and a 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.
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 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
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.