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Essential Oil Sample Tree

Sample Tree

Looking for a classy way to give a friend some samples of your favorite holiday oils or blends? Try making this festive Essential Oil Sample Tree! This wooden tree has enough spaces for ten 1/6 dram sample vials, and is a lot of fun to make!

Supplies and Tools Needed:

  1. 1"x6"x1' pine or poplar board: 1"x6" boards can be found at most any lumber, hardware, or home improvement store. (Note: Standard 1"x6" boards actually measure about .75"x5.5")
  2. 5/16" round wooden dowel: This size dowel can be found at many lumber, hardware, craft, or home improvement store.
  3. Drill and 11/32" drill bit
  4. Saw: Most any type of power saw can be used to cut the main triangle and trapezoid shapes used for this tree. However, the square notches cut out of these shapes can be a bit tricky to cut with a table or radial arm saw unless you have a special mitering blade. A bandsaw, jigsaw, or router might be a bit easier to use for this task.
  5. Wood glue
  6. Sandpaper
  7. Pattern and Instructions: Click on one of the links below to download either just the patterns, or the complete patterns and instructions for this project (Note: These files are in PDF format, and require the free Acrobat® Reader® program to view them correctly. To download this free program, visit

Download Just the Patterns (about 25 kb)
Download the complete Patterns and Instructions (about 625 kb)


Note: When using any power tools needed for this project, please use extreme caution and follow all safety procedures outlined by the tool manufacturer.

  1. Print the patterns and cut out all pieces.
  2. Arrange the pieces on a 1” x 6” x 1’ board (actual board dimensions will be .75” x 5.5” x 1’) as shown underneath pattern set #2 and trace the patterns onto the board.
  3. Cut the pieces out of the wood.
  4. Using a drill and an 11/32” bit, drill a hole through the exact center of each piece except the top pieces and the bottom piece. In both the bottom of the large top piece and in the top of the bottom piece, drill a hole in the exact center 1/2” deep. (Note: To find the exact center of each piece, draw a straight line from one corner across the top to the opposite corner and repeat for the other corners. You should now have an X drawn across the top. The center of the wood should be the point where the X crosses. You may find it helpful to use a nail and hammer to make a small indentation at this point to help guide the drill bit.)
  5. Drill a hole 1/2“ deep about 1/8” away from the top edge of each end of the two bottom pieces and the lower three middle pieces (10 holes total).
  6. Cut a piece of round 5/16” dowel 6.25” long.
  7. Lightly sand all pieces.
  8. Apply a small amount of wood glue to the inside of the notches on the two bottom pieces. Slide the two pieces together.
  9. Slide one end of the dowel all the way into the bottom assembly.
  10. Glue the small top triangles to the side of the larger top triangle.
  11. Slide the four middle pieces onto the dowel, making sure that the notch on the bottom of the two notched pieces slides over the top of each of the two un-notched pieces below it. Arrange the middle pieces so that none of the “branches” are covering the “branches” below it.
  12. Apply a small amount of glue in the hole on the bottom of the top assembly. Slide the top assembly onto the top of the dowel, making sure that the “branches” of the top assembly are at a 45 degree angle to the “branches” below it.
  13. Paint the assembled tree (if desired). After it has dried, place filled 1/6 dram sample vials of essential oils into the holes on the branches.

Extra Ideas

  1. Create an essential oil holiday tree by filling 1/6 dram vials with orange, peppermint, frankincense, cassia/cinnamon, myrrh, balsam fir, clove, pine, or spruce essential oils, or your favorite holiday blends!
  2. Print small clear labels with the names of the oils you include with the tree, and possibly one or two uses for each oil. Use these labels to label each branch so the person receiving it knows which oil is on that branch.You can also purchase pre-printed labels here.
  3. When the oil samples are gone, you can use this tree to hold pens, pencils, small suckers, or whatever else you can imagine.
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