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DIY Car Air Freshener

In the past couple of years I have been having fun making a variety of homemade air fresheners. I made gel air fresheners and I learned how to refill plug-in air fresheners. The other day I was planning to go buy an air freshener for my car, and I thought there had to be something I could make myself that would be just as good, or better.

These car air fresheners are fun because there are so many possibilities. You can really use your imagination to decorate these and use whatever fragrance you want.

To make these air fresheners you will need:

  • Felt
  • Hot glue
  • Cardboard
  • Essential oil
  • Twine or yarn
  • Hole punch

DIY car air freshenerFirst cut two pieces of felt to the shape you want your air freshener to be. I used a cookie cutter to create the shape of mine. You could also draw it freehand or print out something you like online and trace it.

Decorate the front of one of the pieces of felt. I glued small buttons on mine. You could also use sequins or fabric paint.

Use the hole punch to punch a hole through the top of the two pieces of felt.

Cut a small piece of cardboard to fit in between the two pieces of felt. Place 10 or so drops of your favorite essential oil on the cardboard. Lavender, Sweet Orange Oil, and Patchouli Oil are all good choices.

Place the cardboard in between the two pieces of felt. I noticed that the oil was starting to seep through the felt a little bit so I placed some quilt batting on top of the cardboard. You could also use a cotton ball or two.

Use a hot glue gun to glue the two pieces of felt together. (If you don't want to use hot glue you could also use embroidery thread and sew it up.)

Cut a piece of twine, thread it through the hole, and tie the two ends in a knot.

Your new air freshener is all ready to hang in the car! This air freshener should last at least as long as the "trees" you buy at the store. When it loses its scent, just open up one side of it, add some more oil to the inside, and glue it back up again.

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