Easy Wool Ball Diffuser For Your Car!

I have never been much of an air freshener person—spreading fake scents into the air (like spray room fresheners) always made me gag a bit, so that is double true when you are talking about sealing yourself off in a small enclosed space, like your car, with such a scent.

We’ve got a great archive of essential oil tips and posts so I knew that that was the way to go for this DIY. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to add a naturally fresh scent to your car with essential oils, and you can trade the tacky pine tree hanging from your rearview mirror for a cute chain of wool balls instead!

Supplies:
2 cm felted wool balls
small tassels
small clothespins
embroidery thread
-large darning needle
essential oils

Cut a piece of embroidery thread that is about 16″ long. Thread one end though the metal spring loop in the center of your clothespin (you may want to use the needle to do that if you can’t just poke the thread through), pull through until you hit the center of your thread, and then tie a knot about 1″ below the clothespin.Thread both your thread ends though the needle and add on three wool balls with the color you want on top first. Make a knot after the third ball.

Slide your small tassel onto one of your threads, and knot again to keep the tassel in place. All your components are now in place, but we’ll do one more step to hide the thread in the bottom wool ball.Thread both of your thread ends through your needle again and pull the thread back up through the center of your bottom wool ball and out the top. Trim the thread as close to where it came out as you can. Now your thread ends are neatly tucked away and your diffuser is ready to use!! Choose a high-quality essential oil and add 3-4 drops of the oil of your choice to the wool ball section of your diffuser. If you want to mix scents (great idea!), try 1-2 drops of each scent and see how strong the scent is before adding more. To install, simply use the clothespin to attach your felted ball chain onto one of your vent slats and enjoy the drive! If you hang it higher on your vent you also get the added benefit of getting a little extra burst of scent when the heat/air is being blown out, but you can hang it on the lowest rung if you’d rather that not happen too. I have seen that some people will hang air freshener type things from their rearview mirror, but hanging anything from the mirror is actually illegal to do in most states, so I say stick with the vent clip. Just add more oils to refresh the scent as needed.

Now, as far as what scent to use, that’s totally up to you, but may I suggest a calming lavender or rosmary for your rush hour traffic commute? There’s lots of fun sizes and shapes of car diffusers, so see if an of these strike your fancy as well! And once you’re back inside, this is our favorite diffuser for the indoors as well! 😉 xo. Laura

P.S. Check out more diffusors and home decor on our wishlist and shopping pages!

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Wool Ball Diffuser

Essential Oil Diffuser for your Car

Author Laura Gummerman

Ingredients

  • 2CM Felted Wool Balls
  • Small Tassels
  • Small Clothespins
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Large Darning Needle
  • Essential Oils

Instructions

  1. Cut a piece of embroidery thread that is about 16″ long. Thread one end though the metal spring loop in the center of your clothespin (you may want to use the needle to do that if you can’t just poke the thread through), pull through until you hit the center of your thread, and then tie a knot about 1″ below the clothespin.

  2. Thread both your thread ends though the needle and add on three wool balls with the color you want on top first. Make a knot after the third ball.

  3. Slide your small tassel onto one of your threads, and knot again to keep the tassel in place. All your components are now in place, but we’ll do one more step to hide the thread in the bottom wool ball.

  4. Thread both of your thread ends through your needle again and pull the thread back up through the center of your bottom wool ball and out the top.

  5. Trim the thread as close to where it came out as you can. Now your thread ends are neatly tucked away and your diffuser is ready to use!!

  6. Choose a high-quality essential oil and add 3-4 drops of the oil of your choice to the wool ball section of your diffuser. If you want to mix scents (great idea!), try 1-2 drops of each scent and see how strong the scent is before adding more.

  7. To install, simply use the clothespin to attach your felted ball chain onto one of your vent slats and enjoy the drive! 

Recipe Notes

If you hang it higher on your vent you also get the added benefit of getting a little extra burst of scent when the heat/air is being blown out, but you can hang it on the lowest rung if you’d rather that not happen too. I have seen that some people will hang air freshener type things from their rearview mirror, but hanging anything from the mirror is actually illegal to do in most states, so I say stick with the vent clip. Just add more oils to refresh the scent as needed. Now, as far as what scent to use, that’s totally up to you, but may I suggest a calming lavender or rosemary for your rush hour traffic commute? 

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • I love this idea and proud of all of you who have made these! Did you order all of the materials or were you able to find them in craft stores? I would like to begin very soon.

  • So I just made 12 of these for my co-workers for a little Christmas present. I’m quite pleased with myself because I’m the least crafty person ever! Cute idea and once I found my mojo they only took maybe 15 minutes to assemble each one.

    • The scent? It depends a little on how much you use and also the weather / humidity.

  • I have just stumbled upon this post via Pinterest and I love this little craft! Pom poms all the way! It will look super cute in the car too! How long would you say the essential oil fragrance lasts?

    Aimsy xoxo
    Https://www.aimsysantics.co.uk

  • This is such a good idea!
    My car always smells like rubber as my winter tires live in the backseat (downside of living in a tiny apartment with no storage space). I bought a cheap gas station air freshener to cover the scent but I wish I had just stuck with the rubber stench instead! It was SO strong and nauseating.
    Occasionally, I get a Frasier Fir air freshener in a X-Mas stocking or as a I-was-going-to-throw-this-away-but-since-you’re-here-you-can-have-it gift. I love those–the pine scent is so on point it reminds me of my hometown. However, those gifts are few and far between.
    These DIY diffusers look like the perfect replacement for a) stinky car fresheners and b) good smelling, but overprice car fresheners. Plus, they’re so much cuter!

    Thanks for sharing! I am 100% making this with my girlfriends this weekend.

    – Grace | The Keen Kind

  • I made these for all my friends. Everyone loved them. Thank you for the DIY idea!

  • Apparently I left my embroidery thread at the craft store between picking it out, checking out, and getting home. I used some upholstery thread instead just to get one made, and I love it!

  • I WANT TO DO THIS THIS WEEKEND. My husband will be out of town on a work trip. Everyone’s getting these for their b days this year!

  • I just made a bunch of these as party favors and I’m trying to decide which essential oils to give with them but I’m new to essential oil mixing and I’m looking for a recommendation on 3 oils that would smell good together.

  • Such a fun, cute little DIY! I swear, y’all always think of such great things, that would never even cross my mind!
    http://pullenscozycorner.com

  • Making this. Do you get the little wool balls from a craft store? I don’t think I’ve ever seen these. Wonderful craft.

  • I love this idea! Artificial fragrances make me sneeze, this is the perfect way to use essential oils in my car.

  • This is such a fun idea! I have been loving my EO lately and have been wanting to diffuse in the car!

  • Wow, This is so amazing. I love your art. I think this is not an easy task but I will try to make. Thanks for sharing your artwork.

  • This is so cute, I love it and will definitely make one! Thank you very much for sharing your pattern.

  • How adorable! I love the gold pegs, haha! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • This is such a great idea!!!! And a very non-threatening DIY for someone who has great intentions, but is often scared off by projects. How cute!

    • 4 stars
      When I add the oils it creates a “wet spot” on the wool ball. Is there a way to avoid this? Yours look perfect, no spots.

  • This is genius!! I hate air fresheners, but love essential oils and this is too cute.

    • I know right? I wish I could buy one of these because to be honest, I’ll probably never get around to making them ; )

  • This looks like a great way to use up wool yarn remnants if you combine this diy with the wool dryer balls diy to use instead of the wool felt balls.

  • This is so stinking cute! I totally need to make this!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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