If you aren’t already diffusing essential oils you owe it to yourself to ask yourself why? Because it really is more than just the latest fad! There are so many health benefits to using therapeutic grade essential oils and not just for diffusing! These amazing, all natural healing oils come straight from the earth and the plants that it yields! These oils can be used topically, they can be ingested and they are wonderful for diffusing. Because we are not always sitting at home in order to absorb the benefits of our home diffuser, someone discovered the brilliant idea of a diffuser necklace so you can have your favorite oils on you (literally) at all times! These necklaces (or bracelets) are readily available to purchase on Etsy, Amazon and at your local arts and crafts fair, but they are also incredibly easy to make yourself.
Here is what you need:
1. Terracotta Clay (air dry is what I prefer).
2. A few cute stamps (I got a “Barrel of Stamps” from Hooby Lobby).
3. String, leather strips or ready made necklace ropes.
4. Wax Paper.
5. Cutting tool(s) (I used two different sized bottle caps from my pantry).
6. Something to pierce a hole for your necklace string (I used a hefty straw).
> Tear off a piece of the clay and roll it into a ball before flattening it with the palm of your hand or a rolling pin. (Much like you do when making cookies with cookie cutters).
> Using your cutting tool (I used circular bottle caps from my spice jars) cut out the shape for your necklace charm.
> Smooth out the cracks in the clay by dipping your finger in a teeny bit of water and gently rubbing it out.
> Press your stamp into the soft clay (or if you are confident in your carving abilities, you can freehand your design).
> Using your straw or anything sharp, make a hole to thread your necklace string through. be sure your hole is big enough for your string.
> If you have air dry clay, let it dry for about 12-24 hours before threading it onto a necklace. If you have oven cooked clay, follow the directions on the clay’s packaging.
Once the clay is dry, thread your necklace string through the hole and make a knot at the base (this will keep the clay facing the way you want it to instead of flipping around on you as you wear it).
You are ready to add a drop or two of your favorite oil(s) to your necklace before starting your day! The oils tend to last quite a while. I have applied a couple of drops of oil to my necklace in the morning and have not needed to reapply any oil al day. You can reapply every 4-6 hours or as needed though.
My daughter loves wearing wrapped leather around her wrists so she promptly took her “necklace” and wrapped it around her wrist, which actually ended up looking pretty cool.
We decided to make a few small clay beads as well in order to create a more practical bracelet for her. I think they turned out pretty awesome. She loves hers.
This gave me a wonderful idea! I recently made myself a vintage charm necklace that I adore! In one of my “aha moments” I decided to modify it a bit in order to combine my favorite charms with some essential oils. I added a couple of our little clay beads as spacers between my charms and viola! I LOVE IT!!
This was a great project for the kids. It was super easy and it kept them busy for an entire afternoon. They love wearing their own diffuser necklaces and bracelets that they made themselves. They ended up making so many that we have been wrapping several up as gifts for friends and neighbors!