How to Make a Diffuser for a Car (Dollar Tree Craft)
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How to make an inexpensive and easy diy car essential oil diffuser.  This hanging diffuser can also be used in a bath, office, closet, or other small space.  This is a Dollar Tree craft, and all supplies were from there.


I use essential oils everyday when I'm home, and now I can take them with me on the road with a diy essential oil diffuser for car.  I made this cute DIY car diffuser for essential oils as an inexpensive way to use oils for aromatherapy while traveling.



This diy essential oil diffuser for car is a passive diffuser, so it doesn't need batters.  It works by clipping it to the vents in your car.  When you turn on the fan, it blows the scent through the car for aromatherapy.  


We just got a new Dollar Tree in the next town over.  I love Dollar Tree for crafting supplies because I can find some unusual stuff there to either repurpose or to use to make things.


I challenged myself to find something that I could use only Dollar Tree supplies to make, and I was able to get everything that I needed for this DIY car diffuser for essential oils.


How to Make a Diffuser for a Car 


A few years ago, I made a clothespin style DIY essential oil diffuser for the car that ended up being really popular. 


It turned out cute and works well.  However, I didn't like how far it stuck out.  I was constantly knocking it off of the vent.


This diy essential oil diffuser for car doesn't stick out as far, but it will fall off if you bump it too hard.


This style is also better for closets or small spaces.  I have one hanging inside a cabinet in the bathroom to freshen the air.  



How Do You Make a Car Diffuser?


I made this DIY essential oil diffuser for car with a mini clothespin  I used pom poms to hold the oils.  You can also use fabric or felt.


How Do I Freshen My Car With Essential Oils?


You can make this DIY car essential oil diffuser or try one of these easy DIYs with essential oils:



Dollar Tree Supplies


I was excited to find all of the supplies for this diy car essential oil diffuser from Dollar Tree.  I found the pompomsmini clothespins, and the bakers twine there.


I liked the fun colors of the pompoms, and the twine matches the colors really well.


For $3, I could make about 20 of these diy essential oil diffuser for car.  Can't beat that price!


I will say that the pompoms were rather sparse.  I would have rather there were fewer in a package for better looking pom poms.  


But I liked the colors, and they work for this DIY car diffuser for essential oils.


I also used Dollar Tree supplies to make a succulent essential oil diffuser.



What Essential Oils Can I Use in My Car?


You can use any essential oils for your diy car essential oil diffuser, but do be mindful of your passengers.  Some oils are only safe for 2+ and some for 10+.  


If anyone who is pregnant, nursing, or elderly, be careful to check with a doctor before diffusing oils.  You'll also have to check to see if the oils are dog safe if your dog rides in the car with you.


I use both single oils and blends.  Some of my favorite blends are:


For single oils, try one of the following:


Using Essential Oils in the Car Safely


Your car is a small space, so you'll need to use just a few drops of essential oils in your diy car essential oil diffuser.  That's why I like blends because you only need 1 to 2 drops.


Always check oils to be sure that they are safe to diffuse for you and your passengers.


Diffuse oils at home before using them in the car.  The above oils should not make you drowsy, but it's best to know how you will react before driving.


There are some essential oils that you should avoid while driving  They can be too calming and make you drowsy.  As always, if you feel drowsy, pull over immediately.  


Do not use the following oils when driving:

  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Neroli
  • Sandalwood
  • Spikenard
  • Valerian
  • Vetiver

Can You Keep Essential Oils in the Car?


The extreme heat in the summer can deteriorate essential oils.  I recommend buying 5 ml bottles and making small batches of blends to keep in the car to use for your diy car essential oil diffuser.


If the oils get damaged from the sun or heat, at least you only lost a small amount.  I also recommend keeping them out of sunlight.


DIY Car Diffuser for Essential Oils Supplies


You will need the following supplie sto learn how to make a diffuser for a car:



DIY Essential Oil Diffuser for Car Directions


Step #1


Thread your needle with the baker's twine and place pompoms on the string.  I used 5 pompoms, but you can use more or less.


Step #2 


Run the needle through the circle on the clothespin to attach it.  

Step #3


Then go back down through the pompoms to help secure them.  Tie a knot on the end and cut the string.

That's it!  Hang it on your car vent and place 1-2 drops of essential oils on the pompoms.  It will passively diffuse.  If you want it stronger, turn on the heat or air conditioning to blow the scent through the car.  


If the scent is too strong, place it on the passenger side or in the back if there are no passengers.
You can also hang it in the bath, in a closet, or anywhere that you'd like.  


Add 1-2 drops of essential oils to refresh as needed.  


If you like this DIY car diffuser for essential oils, then you'll love these posts:


Now you know how to make a diffuser for a car!




DIY Car Diffuser for Essential Oils (Dollar Tree Craft)

Yield: 1 diffuser
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $3
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How to make a car diffuser for essential oils.

tools:

  • Needle
  • Scissors

steps:

  1. Thread your needle with the baker's twine and place pompoms on the string. I used 5 pompoms, but you can use more or less.
  2. Run the needle through the circle on the clothespin to attach it.
  3. Then go back down through the pompoms to help secure them. Tie a knot on the end and cut the string.
  4. That's it! Hang it on your car vent and place 1-2 drops of essential oils on the pompoms. It will passively diffuse. If you want it stronger, turn on the heat or air conditioning to blow the scent through the car.
  5. If the scent is too strong, place it on the passenger side or in the back if there are no passengers.
  6. You can also hang it in the bath, in a closet, or anywhere that you'd like.
  7. Add 1-2 drops of essential oils to refresh as needed.
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How to make an essential oil diffuser for car.  This DIY essential oil diffuser works as an air freshen the air in your car.  It can also be used for aromatherapy to promote alertness and clarity. Make a homemade hanging essential oil diffuser that can be used in any room of your house too.  This works great in small spaces like a closet, bathroom, or bedroom. #diffuser #diy #essentialoils
Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.