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DIY Terra Cotta Air Fresheners

Create your own homemade air fresheners using terra cotta clay for a natural and customizable scent solution. These DIY terra cotta air fresheners are easy to make and can be personalized with your favorite essential oils. Simply shape the clay into your desired design, let it dry, and then add a few drops of essential oil to the porous surface. Place these unique air fresheners in any room of your home to enjoy a fresh and inviting aroma. Not only are these DIY terra cotta air fresheners cost-effective, but they also make for a fun and creative project. You can experiment with different shapes, sizes, and scents to create a truly unique air freshener that suits your personal style. These homemade air fresheners are a great alternative to store-bought options that may contain harsh chemicals. With just a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy a natural and pleasant fragrance throughout your home.

DIY Terra Cotta Air Fresheners with Essential Oils

Supplies needed

  • Terra cotta clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutter, circular lids, etc., to cut out shapes
  • Stamps or knife to create designs
  • Straw or toothpick for making holes
  • String or magnets
  • Oven
  • Hot glue gun (only if using magnets)
  • Essential oils


Step 1

Start by taking a small chunk of clay and warming it up in your hands until it's pliable. Then use the rolling pin to roll it out to about a ¼-inch to ⅛-inch thick. (This doesn't have to be precise, so don't stress measuring it.)

Step 2

Use a cookie cutter to cut out the desired shape. Or use a circular lid or other shape and cut around it with a knife.

Step 3

You need grooves or indentations in the clay in order for the essential oil to absorb. So use stamps to press designs into the clay or simply cut slits in the clay with a knife. Use a straw or tooth pick to make a hole at the top that's big enough for your string if you plan to hang the air freshener.

Step 4

Bake the clay according to package directions. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Step 5

Tie on a piece of string or attach magnets with a hot glue gun.

Step 5

Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and rub into the clay. The oil absorbs into the clay and so add more essential oil for a stronger scent or if the scent starts to dissipate.

I don't have anywhere to hang an air freshener in the kitchen so I thought a magnet would be fun. Plus the power of aromatherapy might stop fridge attacks too - peppermint and dill essential oils are said to help curb sugar cravings!

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