Decorative Diffuser-Homemade & Inexpensive


I love candles but good ones are expensive and with small children safety is an issue.  A nice, fragrant, decorative alternative to candles are diffusers but they can also be expensive.  I like to use what I have on hand recycling items that might otherwise be thrown away and this diffuser fits the bill.  I had been saving a small glass jelly jar that I liked because of it’s square shape but was not sure what to do with it it until now.

Materials needed:

glass container {jar, vase, glass, etc.}

bamboo skewers {readily available for about $1 at discount stores and grocery stores-I used a few that came with my Pancake Puffs maker!}

liquid potpourri

  • Decorate your jar as desired-I used seam binding tied in a bow, a small tag and a charm
  • Place the liquid potpourri into your container-1/2 inch to an inch will do
  • Snip off the pointed end of the skewers
  • Place skewers into your container-flip the skewers every few days

That’s it! Easy and inexpensive.

Edited: A lot of people had questions about where to purchase the liquid potpourri – Casey was sweet enough to leave  her suggestions in the comment section  and I am also including her recommendations here for you!

Casey’s comment-for everyone who is looking for liquid potpourri, it is in most major stores (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) in the candle/potpourri section. It comes in large plastic bottles and comes in many different fragrances. I have even seen it (and purchased mine) from the Dollar Tree. It is mostly used in the small fragrance burners, that have a tealight underneath and a cup for the fragrance above it. Hope this helps someone out there.

fragrant hugs, mb.

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  1. That’s such a great idea. Very creative!

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  2. maya | springtree road says:

    very, very nice. it looks like you bought it already made!

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  3. Oh how nice! It looks beautiful and I bet it smells so nice! It would make a great gift!

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  4. I’m loving this idea! It would make such a gorgeous gift. Thanks, Mary Beth! I always love seeing what creative–and pretty–things you come up with. :-)

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  5. Oh I LOVE diffusers!! I’m going to try this!! I have the perfect little bottles too!!


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  6. That’s a great idea! Thank you! Yours is so pretty.

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  7. What a great idea to make diffusers! They make such great gifts. Thank you for sharing with us the instructions, and I love the one you made! ~Arleen

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  8. What a great idea! I have some square jelly jars that I saved for something too and didn’t know what to do with them, so this is perfect. Thank you :)


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  9. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was just looking at diffusers at a store two days ago wondering if they were worth all that money. Now I know I can get the same results for less $$$!!

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  10. Great idea!! I collect antique green glass jars, and I’m thinking about how pretty that would be and fragrant!! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. What a sweet idea! I especially love the jelly jar and pink seam binding bow.

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  12. Oh that’s a great hostess gift! Love it, thanks so much for the instructions :)

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  13. Thanks for the tutorial, what a wonderful smelling idea…..

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  14. Nice project! Does it last long. I love ones by GloSpa… and they last a long time.

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  15. Great idea! I might have to try this!

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  16. I love diffusers and never thought to make one…this is a wonderful idea! I love the house smelling pretty but am so nervous lighting candles with my little climber on the prowl all day. This is a great homemade alternative. Your jar is gorgeous! TFS

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  17. What a great idea, but I don’t believe I have ever seen liquid potpourri…where do you find it?


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  18. Beats the $30-40 ones I see out there and also sell in my boutique. I will defintely try these. Thanks for sharing. Just found your blog and LOVE it. You rock sister!

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  19. Great idea, this is now on my to-do list! I’m a first time visitor to your blog…you have a great site!

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  20. bellaguinness says:

    I am making this as soon as I find liquid potpourri. Where can I find that?

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  21. for everyone who is looking for liquid potpourri, it is in most major stores (wal-mart, target, etc.) in the candle/potpourri section. it comes in large plastic bottles and comes in many different fragrances. i have even seen it (and purchased mine) from the dollar tree. it is mostly used in the small fragrance burners, that have a tealight underneath and a cup for the fragrance above it. hope this helps someone out there.

  22. I really love this idea. This would be a perfect gift for my brothers’ respective girlfriends. It’s thoughtful, girly *and* budget conscious!

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  23. Great idea!! I have some scented oils that would be great for this. Thanks!

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  24. I love this idea! I didn’t know you could make these yourself. I will be making these very soon for my home.

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  25. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.