Mini Reed Diffuser DIY

On my trip to Puerto Rico, I brought along my favorite little travel size oil perfume, leila lou. Unfortunately before the flight back, I failed to check if the cap was screwed on all the way. This resulted in my toiletry bag smelling fabulous and my favorite little perfume being left to only drops. 

So, when life steals your perfume... make a mini reed diffuser of the remnants! Or something like that... I've seen a bunch of DIYs lately for homemade reed diffusers and I thought this would be the perfect way to preserve my favorite scent and make my little art bubble smell fantastic! I normally don't care for large reed diffusers because the smell can get so strong but this little mini version is perfect! Plus, it only takes about 10 minutes to make. 

To make your own miniature reed diffuser, you will need:

  • a mini perfume oil near the end of it's usable life, about 10+ drops left (the more drops you use, the stronger it will be!)
  • toothpicks, 5 will do
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vodka
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baby oil
  • a measuring glass, or anything with a spout to help pour
  • pliers
  • scissors
  • if you do not have a perfume oil bottle you want to use, you will need any tiny bottle and some essential oil
First, prepare your little bottle by removing any labels and cleaning it up. My little bottle had a roll-on applicator which removed very easily with a pair of pliers. 
Next, trim the points off of one end of your toothpicks, about 1/8 of an inch.  
Measure out your baby oil and vodka and combine in your measure cup. Carefully pour the mixture into your tiny bottle. Close the bottle and shake to combine. 
Put your toothpicks in blunt end first and let them sit there for a while to absorb the liquid. Then invert them pointy end first and you're done! Sit back and enjoy the subtle smell of your favorite perfume! 
I think these would make adorable wedding favors or hostess gifts! You can make a lot of them for pretty cheap if you buy mini bottles in bulk. Then just put a cork in the bottle and tie the toothpicks to the bottle with ribbon! Also, do you recognize those little bud vases?


  1. this is great— i never would have thought of it but what a great way to enjoy those last drops!

    1. Thanks! It's a great way to stretch them out a little bit longer :)


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