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Candlewick Room Diffuser 

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This fun diffuser is a great way to subtly spread the aroma of your
favorite autumn oil blend throughout a room!
 
Materials Needed:
  1. 2 oz. Dropper Bottle: Used to hold the oil or blend. You may also use a 1 oz. Dropper Bottle as well.
  2. Candle Wicking: This project used unwaxed cotton candle wicking without a central wire. Alternately, a wick for an oil lamp, or fiberglass water wicking material could be used. These items can often be found at craft or floral supply stores.
  3. Essential Oils: You will need about 15-30 ml of your favorite fall essential oil or blend.
  4. Jojoba Oil (optional): Used to dilute the oil or blend if it is too strong.

 
Instructions:
  1. Remove the dropper cap from the glass bottle.
  2. Add 15-30 ml of your desired essential oil to fill the glass bottle about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way full.
  3. Cut the wicking material in lengths that are the same as the height of the bottle plus 1". 
  4. Carefully remove the glass pipette from the bottom of the dropper cap.
  5. Cut the top of the rubber bulb off a little ways above the plastic cap.
  6. Push the wick (or wicks) through the hole in the cap until they protrude about 1" above the top of the cap. If you are using smaller wicks, use several wicks together (I used 5 smaller wicks in the diffuser pictured above).
  7. Starting at the top, and working your way down, unravel the top  1/2" - 3/4" of the wick, spreading the strands apart from each other. The easiest way I found was to push the end of a paper clip into the wick about 1/16" from the top, then to pull it upwards to undo the strands above that point, then to move down another 1/16" and repeat the process until the desired amount is unravelled. This step allows more surface area of the wick to be exposed to the air, allowing the oils to diffuse into the air more efficiently.
  8. Place the bottom part of the wick(s) into the bottle with the oil, and screw the dropper cap with the wicks back into place on the top of the bottle.
  9. Place the diffuser in a place where it won't get knocked over easily, and there is ample air flow. Allow 15-20 minutes for the oils to soak to the top of the wick, and then enjoy your chosen aroma as it diffuses through the room!
Extra Ideas:
 
  • To make the autumn leaf arrangement shown above, use this pattern to trace the leaves onto thin sheet metal (craft stores or a home improvement or hardware store are great sources for this). Carefully cut the leaves out of the sheet metal using metal sheers (tin snips). Paint the leaves as desired (I used a copper and gold metalic finish for the leaves pictured above). Paint a 1"x 4" x 12" board your desired color. When everything has dried, bend the bottom 3/4" of the stem on each leaf 90 degrees to the back of the leaf. Use a screw or a hot glue gun to attach the leaf to the board in your desired location. Cut a 3/4" strip of sheet metal that is long enough to go around the bottle you used for the diffuser. Wrap the thin strip around the bottle to form a loop, and then fasten the looped metal to the board in your desired location using a hot glue gun. Paint the loop as desired. Place your diffuser in this loop to help keep it in place.
  • To give these diffusers as gifts, you may want to place the oil in a separate bottle that the recipient can use to fill the diffuser bottle as desired.  
 

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