Recently I gave my office a bit of makeover. Finally I have a bit of space for all of the books and supplies I’ve been collecting (apparently a blog is a good excuse for library-building). But the best thing about book shelves? Getting to display pretty things! And naturally, a few of them involve scents that make me smile each time I walk into the room. In honor of #EarthDay, try one of these 3 simple DIY air fresheners for a natural way to scent your home with recycled materials. Think of these as Green Works of Art.
1. Recycled DIY diffuser
A recycled spice bottle makes the perfect base for a pretty diffuser. Combine 1/4 cup water with 1/4 cup vodka and add 20 (or more) drops of your favorite essential oils. I used a combination of lemon, lemongrass and rosemary. Then give it a stir to mix it all together.
Clean your recycled bottle inside and out. Then add the liquid essential oil combination – with a drop of food coloring if you like a bit of color. You can use bamboo skewers (you might need to cut them down to the right size) or small dried branches if you don’t have reeds. All of those natural materials will draw the liquid up, releasing the scent into the air. Add more liquid and essential oils as needed.
2. Scented sea glass
Sea glass is so pretty in a small bowl so put it on display! Add a few drops of essential oil or a handful of dried lavender to give it a calming scent that makes you feel like you’re on vacation (almost!).
3. Orange Peel Air Freshener
Got a musty space? An orange filled with salt works wonders to soak up the moisture in the air while giving off a fresh scent. Just scoop out the insides of half of an orange and fill it with rock or sea salt. Add a few drops of orange essential oil to enhance the fresh scent.