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Recycle a Light Bulb into a Reed Diffuser
Make a beautiful reed diffuser from an old lightbulb in a few easy steps.

Posted by BarkleysMommy from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States • Published See BarkleysMommy's 8 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Mix Your Diffuser Fragrance:
    In a bowl or jar, mix 20 drops of essential oil or other fragrance with 6oz. high-proof vodka or grain alcohol (100 proof or higher). Add a couple of drops of food coloring if you wish to tint your fragrance. Set the mixture aside. (I used Christmas Forest Fragrance Oil from Bramble Berry and a couple of drops of green food coloring in this project.)

  • How to make a diffuser. Reed Diffuser - Step 2
    Step 2

    Create Your Diffuser:
    ***Wear protective eyeware and rubber gloves for the first step.***
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    Wrap your lightbulb in a towel. Smack the end of the lightbulb with a hammer to break the seal and release the filament and innards. (You’ll try to be gentle at first. Don’t be. Apparently, lightbulbs are not nearly as delicate as they look!)

  • How to make a diffuser. Reed Diffuser - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pull out the innards with needle-nosed pliers and rinse out the lightbulb with water.

  • How to make a diffuser. Reed Diffuser - Step 4
    Step 4

    Attach feet (I used clear glass “vase gems) with glass-friendly adhesive.

  • How to make a diffuser. Reed Diffuser - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cover the neck of your diffuser to clean-up the look. You can wrap it with raffia, ribbons, fabric, cork… I used a bit of embossing copper on the project pictured.

  • How to make a diffuser. Reed Diffuser - Step 6
    Step 6

    Glue on embellishments, if desired. Fill with fragrance mixture and insert reeds. Enjoy!
    Hugs and blessings~

    ~~~Anne

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