Clay is a porous substance when it hardens, so it's a great natural diffuser for our essential oils. I love these clay charms because they are so simple, yet they allow us room for creativity. You can leave them plain and smooth or decorate them with bark, leaves, or stamps. I've strung mine on jute, but you could use leather (also a substance that can be used to slowly diffuse oils) or fabric.
Here's what you need to make one:
- air-dry clay (I buy mine here.)
- stamps (or leaves or bark with heavily textured surfaces)
- a bamboo skewer
- newspaper or paper towels to protect your work surface
- Start by molding a piece of your clay into the shape you want. I chose to work with a round shape, but you could make any shape you prefer. Be as simple or as detailed as you like. I rolled my clay into a round ball, then pressed it to flatten it slightly.
- Use your stamps or textured materials to imprint a design into your shape. You could use letter stamps if you want to spell a certain word or phrase, nature-inspired stamps, or you could even try hand-etching a design with a toothpick.
- Use your bamboo skewer to carefully make a hole near the top of your piece.
- Leave your clay to dry and harden. Dry time varies with different clays. I let mine harden overnight.
- String your new diffuser charm onto your hanging material of choice. I used jute.
- Enjoy! You can hang your charm around the headrest in your car, attach it to your key ring, or give it as a gift. It would be a great addition to gift wrapping for your aromatic holiday gifts! Once your charm is dried completely, you can add your essential oils to it. I typically use 3-4 drops at a time, but if your charm is small, you may only need 1-2 drops. The amount of time the aroma will last will vary based on which essential oils you choose - less time for top notes like citruses, and more time for middle and base note oils.