One of my struggles as a domestically challenged homemaker is home decor and creating a cozy atmosphere. It’s definitely not in my nature. I also don’t have a whole lot time on my hands to dedicate to such tasks, and since it’s not a talent or deep desire of mine, I tend to neglect it.
However, I know that it blesses my family, the guests we invite into our home, and even my own sense of peace and comfort. The scent of the home is a big part of that, and essential oils are really helpful for me in that way. With fall rolling around in our neck of the woods, and Rocky Mountain Oils coming out with their holiday blends including a new Eggnog Latte blend I just love, I decided to try out an idea I’ve been mulling over for a set of quick and easy DIY diffusers to put around the house!
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DIY Essential Oil Diffusers Using Coffee
These are truly SUPER easy and simple, because let’s face it — I’m not going to do complicated. If I can do this, you can do this, and it only took me 15 minutes! Score!
With these simple ideas I made a larger diffuser for the mantle, a little diffuser to put on our piano, and one for the coffee bar and for the guest bathroom. My family has been commenting on how wonderful it smells! Then when I need an extra shot of cozy I put one of the Fall Latte blends in our electric diffuser and enjoy.
Here’s what you need to make these diffusers. I got all these supplies from things around my house, Walmart, or the Dollar Store:
- Coffee beans (I just bought a bag of cheap coffee beans)
- Twine or jute
- Glass bowls, mason jars, and/or jelly jars
- Tea light candles (I purchased vanilla scented)
- White rice (for filler or color contrast)
- Fractionated coconut oil (you could also use sweet almond oil)
- Essential oils of choice (I used Eggnog Latte, or you could use Peppermint Mocha, Pumpkin Spice Latte, or any seasonal or cozy-smelling blends!)
- Reed diffuser sticks or bamboo skewers (Reed diffuses better, but bamboo skewers are more readily available at the store)
- Optionally, nuts, cinnamon sticks, dried apples, or other fragrant or seasonal additions
For the large diffuser, I took a wide mouth quart mason jar I had on hand and wrapped it with jute. I didn’t even use glue (because I’m lazy like that) but if you wanted to make sure nothing unraveled you could paint on glue first. I just wrapped the jute around both loose ends and tucked them in. As I wound it around I’d stop and push the wine down so they were packed together.
Into the bottom of the jar I poured some coffee beans. Then white rice where the jute was covering (rice is cheaper than coffee beans so it made sense to do that) and then coffee beans on the top. I happened to have homemade dehydrated slices of apples, so I grabbed the few nicest looking ones and tucked them around the top between the beans and the glass. I also got a bag of cinnamon sticks and added some of those.
Random tip: Get things like cinnamon sticks, cardamom, cumin, etc. from the Mexican food aisle in your grocery store. They’re much cheaper there!
I added 35 drops of Eggnog Latte blend to about a half cup of fractionated coconut oil and mixed until blended. Then poured into a well in the beans the middle of the jar. I suppose you could have put the oil in first. That would have been smart thinking. I guess I need more coffee before making these coffee diffusers. 😉 I then cut the sharp ends off the bamboo skewers and arranged them in the jar, making sure they reach to the bottom of the jar.
The rest of the little diffusers were even easier. For the larger bowl I put rice and essential oils on the bottom and coffee beans on the top, and then added the tea lights and cinnamon sticks on the top. I also dripped the essential oil on the coffee beans. I paused to wonder whether this made sense, because aren’t coffee beans used to clear the senses when you’re in a perfume store trying different scents? But I did it anyway, and it turned out it works just great! Another idea would be some walnuts or acorns still in the shells. That would make a pretty display and act as a great diffuser.
I quickly made a smaller bowl with beans and a tea light and added some oils, and set this at the coffee bar. The last one was a little jar for the bathroom with some beans, Eggnog Latte oil with fractionated coconut oil at the bottom, and short bamboo sticks and pieces of cinnamon sticks for diffusing reeds.
All in all I was very pleased with how this FAST and EASY project turned out.
Makes me want to decorate more for fall! I’m not promising anything, though. Lol!