DIY timber bead air freshener for your car

You know I’m all about finding low-tox solutions for inside the home… and now I’ve found one for your car too! Store bought air fresheners can smell sickly and I’m yet to come across a natural car air freshener. So I decided to make my own!

Introducing the DIY timber bead air freshener that you can fragrance with any essential oil of your choice. This is possibly the easiest DIY and there are plenty of ways you can customise it, such as using different shaped beads, to make it your own.

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Items you will need:

  • Timber beads (we bought several sizes from Lincraft)
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Essential oils (we used a blend from ECO Modern Essentials)
  • Scissors

You can also mix in different shaped timber beads or silicone beads. There are plenty of bead options on Etsy here.

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1. Place your timber beads in a plastic bag and add 20 drops of essential oil in your preferred scent. Close the bag and rub the beads until they are fully covered.

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2. Cut a 45cm piece of ribbon or twine and thread your beads through. You may like to create different shapes or use a mix of smaller and larger beads for interest.

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3. Once you’re happy with the design of your DIY wood car air freshener, tie a double knot to secure it.

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Tie a loop at the end of your DIY car air freshener so you can hang it on your rear view mirror

4. Then all that’s left to do is place it in your car. I hang mine from my rearview mirror. But you could also just place it in your central compartment if you want to be more discreet.

See, I told you this was the easiest DIY ever!


When the air freshener loses its scent, simply remove it from the mirror and add a few more drops of essential oils to your beads. This creates a long lasting DIY car air freshener.

If you choose to use silicone beads, they can be a little tricky to get on to your ribbon. I find using a small screw driver helps to feed the ribbon through.

I hope you love this DIY car air freshener with essential oils. It’s so much more pleasant than those artificial fragrances… and more stylish too! If you have other ideas on how to make your car smell nice or add some extra style, I’d love you to share it in the comments below.

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Using essential oils and timber beads is a simple and inexpensive way to make your own car air freshener

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