Halloween Mason Jar Reed Diffuser

October 15, 2014

This Halloween Mason Jar Reed Diffuser is an easy way to add fragrance and spooky cute decor to your home using a jar and essential oils!

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Last month I began this new book segment with One-Hour Cheese.  This month I am reviewing DIY Mason Jars by Melissa Averinos.  I stumbled upon this craft book while browsing a gift and home catalog and ordered it right away.  I LOVE MASON JARS!  I love to use them for canning and preserving, candle-making, and even gardening. So I was really happy to find a DIY book dedicated to everyone’s favorite jar.

The projects in this book aren’t subjected to just one corner of your house.  Oh no! You can find projects for the kitchen, around the house, parties, holidays, even a little something-something for green thumbs!  One of my favorite projects from this book are the reed diffusers.  I have made a few of them for my home.  And this month, I took the project up a notch for Halloween by turning a mason jar into a jack-o-lantern.

This project calls for an 8 ounce jelly jar, but I used a 16 ounce jar to make my reed diffuser.  This project also uses essential oils and ingredients found in your household to make eco-friendly scent-sational decor!

Halloween Mason Jar Reed Diffuser

This mason jar project comes together easily in just a few steps.  Use your favorite scented oils or combination of oils to create a spooky cute reed diffuser that will fill your home with fragrance!

The first thing we need to do is paint the mason jar.  You can either use a tinted Mod Podge or make your own using a few drops of orange acrylic paint and Mod Podge. I used two or three coats to make the color bright.

Once the paint is dry, you can either paint a jack-o-lantern face using black paint onto the jar or cut out a face using vinyl and stick it onto the jar.  I used black adhesive vinyl.

This is an optional step, but I wanted the lid to my jar to match the Halloween theme.  You can use a flower cut lid, or drill holes in the seal like I did, or ditch the lid altogether for this project.  Once I had my lid, I painted it black.

When you’re ready to put the diffuser together, pour water into the jar, filling it just about to the top.  Leave a little room to add the rubbing alcohol.  Then, add approximately 45 drops of essential oil and gently swirl the jar to mix.

Screw the lid onto the jar, if using one.  Then, place the bamboo skewers into the holes in the lid.  Once the skewers are saturated, flip them over so the saturated ends are sticking up.

Place your reed diffuser anywhere you wish to add a little fragrance to your home.  When the scent begins to fade, flip the skewers again.  Or you can always add a few more drops of essential oil to the jar.


  • 16 ounce jar
  • Orange Mod Podge, or a mixture of orange acrylic paint and matte Mod Podge
  • Flower cut lid or lid with holes drilled into it
  • Optional: black spray paint
  • Black adhesive vinyl, or black acrylic paint
  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol, or vodka
  • Pure essential oils (I used combination of cinnamon, ginger, and orange)
  • Bamboo skewers


  1. Using a clean mason jar, paint the outside of the jar using either orange Mod Podge or a mixture of orange acrylic paint and matte Mod Podge.  Paint 2-3 coats, allowing the paint/Mod Podge to dry between coats.
  2. While the jar is drying, spray paint the lid black, if desired.  Allow to dry completely.
  3. Once the jar is completely dry, cut a jack-o-lantern face out of black adhesive vinyl and stick it onto the jar.  You can also paint a face using black acrylic paint.
  4. Fill the jar almost to the top with water.  Then, pour in the alcohol so it fills the rest of the jar.
  5. Add about 45 drops of your favorite essential oil to the jar.  Carefully swirl the jar to mix.
  6. Screw the lid back onto the jar and cut the bamboo skewers to fit, if necessary.  Place them into the jar and, once saturated, flip them so the saturated ends are sticking up.
  7. Display your jar where ever your home could use a little fragrance!

How easy is that?!?  This project doesn’t take much of your time so you can make more than one for multiple rooms in your home.  It’s a super versatile project, too. Paint your jars to match your decor and add your favorite essential oils!

Did you make this Halloween Mason Jar Reed Diffuser project? Share it on social media using the hashtag #livinglavidadiy. Don’t forget to tag me @lavidaholoka!


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