What Can I Make with Essential Oils?

What Can I Make with Essential Oils?

If you’re like me, you might have a collection of crafty projects just waiting for you over on Pinterest! I’m always interested in what I can make with essential oils.

Making things with essential oils is simple, fun and cost effective. All you need are all the good tips and recipes in one spot!

I hope you enjoy this recipe round-up and get some good crafty DIY essential oil project inspiration!

xoxo Jessica

What Can I Make With Essential Oils? Let’s Go!

Aromatherapy Beads

The best beads and materials for making aromatherapy bead jewelry or decorative garlands are made from unfinished wood, clay, lava rock, felt, wool and leather. These materials are porous and will retain the essential oil scent. Finished beads that are waxed or painted are not well suited for aroma jewelry.

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Car Oil Diffuser

7–8 wool felt balls
Ribbon or twine
Essential oils of choice

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  1. Thread a large sewing needle with enough thread for seven to eight felt balls. Pierce through the center of each wool felt ball until you have enough to make a complete circle.
  2. Knot the thread between the connecting wool felt balls to form a circle. 
  3. Cut a length of ribbon or twine long enough to fit over your rearview mirror. Thread it through the circle and tie it off at the top. Cut off any excess twine or ribbon.
  4. Hang your new DIY car oil diffuser in your car. 
  5. When you want to change the environment in your car to uplift, energize, or calm you, add a drop of your essential oil of choice to each ball. Get creative and use a few different oils at one time for a unique scent.

Tip: If you don’t want to hang the homemade oil diffuser on your rearview mirror, you can also keep it in your cup holder, or hang it using one of the hanger hooks in back where passengers can enjoy it.

Read my Diffuser recommendations here!

DIY Dryer Balls

Recipe from doTERRA Blog…

Substituting these chemically-driven fabric softeners for an all-natural, toxic-free alternative is much easier and more affordable than you might think. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make your own wool dryer balls that can last for many years and can easily be scented with doTERRA essential oils leaving your fabrics fragrant and soft.

What You Need

  • 100% wool yarn or other 100% animal yarn
  • Panty hose

Upcycling Idea: Reuse panty hose with runs in them.


  1. Take the end of the yarn and wrap it around your middle and index finger 10 times. Remove it from the fingers and wrap 2–3 times around the middle (it should look like a bow). This will be the start of your ball.
  2. Continue tightly wrapping the yarn around the start, working toward making a round shape. Once your ball is roughly the size of a tennis ball, cut the yarn and tuck the ends into the sides of the ball. Repeat this process until you have created four or more balls of yarn.
  3. Cut one leg off of the pantyhose. Place one ball into the bottom of the leg and tie a knot right above the ball to secure it in place. Repeat until all the balls have been added and secured.
  4. Once the balls are tightly secured in the pantyhose, put them in the washer (can be with a load of dirty laundry) and wash on the hottest setting. This will allow the yarn to felt. Felting will make the yarn fuse together, resulting in a solid ball.
  5. Once washed, dry the balls thoroughly in the dryer at the highest heat setting.
  6. After the balls are completely dry, remove them from the panty hose and they’re ready for use! Before drying your next load of laundry, add your favorite doTERRA essential oil to 4–6 dryer balls, toss them in the dryer, and enjoy the soft, fluffy, wonderful-smelling laundry.

What to do with Empty Essential Oil Bottles

Make a strand of doTERRA lights…

This video is from YourSoundStudios on YouTube.

Make some tiny bud vases!


Swap out the lids!

You can create your own blends in old jars and just add different lids, like a dropper, roller ball or a spray nozzle!

Make a tiny Reed Diffuser!

Shorten some fiber reeds and place a few in your empty essential oil bottle.

Add a tiny succulent clipping

Have you seen the cute magnets that you can use on your fridge? All you need is an empty essential oil bottle, some dirt and a succulent clipping (or even a faux succulent). Hot glue a magnet on the bottle and you will have a cute fridge magnet, lickety split!

Natural Air Freshener


  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 5-6 drops doTERRA Peace oil blend or any essential oil
  • small mason jar with lid


  1. Place 1/4 cup baking soda in a small mason jar. Add 5-6 drops of doTERRA Peace.
  2. Add a piece of round cut fabric to the jar lid (cut larger than opening) and seal with a jar band.
  3. To keep an area smelling fresh, place the jar on a solid surface and shake often to reactivate the fresh scent.
  4. If the scent starts to fade, simply add 2-3 more drops of essential oil to the jar.

-Or- try something like this! This dish and lava stones are a pretty and easy way to add some oils to your desk or bathroom.

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DIY Sugar Lip Scrub

This delicious, natural, exfoliating lip scrub will leave your lips feeling smooth and rejuvenated, and can be customized with any of your favorite essential oils. For extra soft lips, apply lip balm after the scrub.

Recipe from doTERRA Blog… Find more fun beauty recipes on my website at Best Essential Oils for Skin!


4 teaspoons brown sugar
3 teaspoons virgin coconut oil
3 teaspoons honey
2 drops Peppermint oil
2 drops Wild Orange oil

Note: This recipe makes a little less than ¼ cup. Either portion out the mixture into several air-tight containers, or adjust the recipe to fit the container you have.


  1. Mix brown sugar, coconut oil, and honey in small bowl.
  2. Add desired essential oils.
  3. Stir until ingredients are combined.
  4. Put contents into container(s) of your choice.
  5. Apply to lips as needed.

Container ideas from Amazon here!

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Fragrance Sachets

Enjoy the scent of Lavender or any other essential oil you choose in a fragrant sachet. These don’t have to be complicated. Simply choose a fabric, dried flowers and combine with rice as seen here at The Spruce Crafts, How to Make Lavender Sachets

What can I make with essential oils? DIY aromatherapy play dough recipe.
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Lavender Aromatherapy Playdough

2 cups flour
2 cups colored water
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
5 drops of essential oils (try it with Wild Orange, Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender or Rosemary)


  1. Combine all ingredients, except for essential oils, in a large saucepan and stir until combined.
  2. Once combined, put over medium heat. Using a spatula, continue to stir ingredients together until it forms a ball. Note: Don’t overcook as it will lead to dry play dough.
  3. Remove from heat and cool on parchment paper.
  4. Once cool, add five drops of your favorite essential oil and knead until thoroughly combined.
  5. You’re done! Just store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for months of fun.

Water Bead Essential Oil Diffuser

Have you ever seen water beads? They are really pretty in a glass dish!

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A water bead diffuser is a great way to spread the aroma of essential oils in a way that reflects your unique style. Water beads come in many different colors and can be placed in any type of container for storage. Just add a few drops of essential oils into your water and enjoy the aroma of your new home decor. 

Disclaimer: Water beads are not edible. Please keep out of reach of children.


  • Water beads
  • 3–5 drops favorite essential oil 

Note: You can purchase water beads on Amazon or at your local craft store. 

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  1. Place dry water beads in container. 

     Beads can vary in size depending on the manufacturer. Follow instructions given by the manufacturer on how many beads will be needed to fill up the container.
  2. Add water according to the directions from the manufacturer.
  3. Watch beads grow. 

    Note: It will take around 24 hours for them to fully expand. The beads need to be fully submersed in water to continue growing.
  4. Once beads are grown, pour out additional water.
  5. Add essential oil to beads and stir around. You will need to reapply essential oils every two to three days.

Tip: For added decoration, add some ribbon or lace around your container. 

 You will need to add additional water every few days to keep the beads from shrinking.

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