The 15 Minute Fix: Repurposed Salt Shaker Essential Oil Diffuser


Hey Friends! Welcome to the 15 Minute Fix! Today begins a new series of mini makeovers, quickie garden tips and more. Our first project is the super simple repurpose of a recent find. Hopefully you'll be inspired to make your own! Ready for a fix?

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Friday, I shared this copper topped shaker that was missing its mate.  Several of you mentioned the pretty piece and a few even expressed curiosity about my intentions. Well...


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It's no secret that I'm pretty attached to my essential oil diffuser.  When it comes to air fresheners, I don't think anything smells better or is healthier than essential oils.  I've been known to move my diffuser from room to room depending on where I am working at the time. Remember several years ago when the reed diffuser was popular?  It was basically a decorative bottle with thin wood reeds that soaked up the oil inside and acted as an air freshener. Currently electronic ones like mine are more popular. Most use water, but there are some that use a small scented pad so I decided to borrow the concept for my shaker to create a mini diffuser. Start with a cotton round, like the ones available in the cosmetic section at the dollar store. If your shaker has a smaller lid, just use a cotton ball instead. Now add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. For this shaker diffuser, I used lavender.


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Ready for the next step? Follow closely, it's a little complicated...


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Got it? That's right--just stick the whole round inside the lid.  The scent will come through the shaker holes. The oil can be reapplied or changed as needed.  Since I used lavender oil and my shaker is clear glass, I also added dried lavender buds.  Rose petals or other dried flowers would be pretty too. 

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I finished it with some raffia trim and a lavender sprig.  


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Prefer a different scent or maybe your shaker isn't clear glass? No worries, since the scent comes from the oil inside the lid, it can be personalized to your preference.  Basically any shaker will work and it really isn't necessary to add anything to the bottom.  A shaker can just be sitting in your kitchen or on a table, inconspicuously smelling awesome! I collect shakers but only keep salt and pepper in a pair or two. I added lemongrass essential oil inside the lid of one of the jadeite shakers that sits on my kitchen counter.  No one would know it's there but it smells great.  Why not create a fragrant vignette, using different colors and sizes? These are all thrift store shakers and as you can see, the empty ones look lovely, especially when grouped together. 


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Don't forget to pin it!


The 15 Minute Fix: Repurposed Salt Shaker Essential Oil Diffuser mythriftstoreaddiction.blogspot.com Easiest and best smelling project ever!


As promised, 15 minutes or actually less for this project. Your home will be smelling like spring in no time! 







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15 comments:

  1. What a lovely idea Cecilia! :)

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  2. So pretty Cecilia, I really like the green one stuck in there for some color and to match the lavender sprig.
    Happy Monday and Leap Day to you!
    Gina

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  3. Wow, great idea! I've been trying to switch to essential oils but like you, I only have the one diffuser. But this! So easy. I can't wait to find me a pretty shaker (or two, or more). Genius! (Why didn't I think of it ;-) ). Love the added lavender buds. Happy leap year day!
    Hugs
    Cecilia

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  4. Great idea and very pretty too. I wondered what you were going to do with that orphan shaker. I'll be making one of thee too.

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  5. Can you tell me how is essential oil different than any other scented plug in or candle or melting pot?
    I am so allergic to any of these things and it makes me so mad that every store you go in thinks they need to have something scented going on. I go numb from head to toe, even my eye lids when I get around these things. Your idea is really neat, so don't get me wrong, I really want to know how these oils would be any different as they seem to smell really strong.
    I like the smell of all these things but they don't like me. I even had to quit my work as a Realtor because every home I went to was reeking with scent in every room. The only scents I can enjoy are real flowers.

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    1. Though I usually respond to comments via email, I wanted to address Joan's question because it occurred to me that others may be wondering the same thing. Most candles, perfumes and air fresheners are scented with synthetic fragrance while essential oils are natural and derived from plants. Like you Joan, I have had negative reactions to the synthetic fragrances used in many scented products for the home including cleaners which is my I am such a fan of essential oils.

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  6. Very Clever!!What a fun way to use the shaker and add the aroma of essential oils :)

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  7. Great idea and a great way to use a shaker missing it's mate!

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  8. Love this idea Cecilia! Smells great and pretty too.

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  9. Wonderful... and very pretty idea! Love the green shaker, too! :) ~Rhonda

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  10. Great job Cecilia ... so pretty with the dried lavender buds.
    Thanks for the inspiration. Maybe that is what I need to put in our vintage rental house we are working on to put on the market soon.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  11. I've never seen the ones like this one but it is a very cool idea. I have made diffusers from many things. I sometimes take the Sarotoga water bottles and I glue shells or beads over them. I have also used small milk glass bud vases for diffusers and to make them extra special I have but shell bracelets over the widest part as a decoration. I use wooden skewers cut to size and put diffuser oil in them. I have them all over the house and sometimes gift them to friends. I love the shaker idea and may steal it. I love your blog!

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