DIY TERRA COTTA CLAY DIFFUSER

by Kristin Pirie

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You will need:

  • Crayola Air Dry Clay – Terra Cotta

  • Foliage/botanicals – either fresh or dried

  • Rolling pin

  • Wax paper

  • Cookie cutter, circular lids, etc., to cut out shapes

  • Wooden skewer

  • String or magnets

  • Glass of water

  • Essential oils

  • Nail file or sandpaper

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Directions:

Step 1

Start by taking a large chunk of clay {approx. 1/3 of the container) and
warming it up in your hands until it’s pliable. Add a few drops of water if
the clay is a bit dry. Put the chunk of clay on a sheet of wax paper then
start rolling it out. Add more water if needed. Roll it evenly in multiple
directions until it is approx. a 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch thick. (This doesn’t
have to be precise, so don’t stress measuring it.)

Step 2

Take your pieces or foliage and press them lightly into the clay, leaving
space between each piece. I used fresh boxwood, yew and pine needles
from my backyard. I also used dried lavender harvested from my garden
last summer. Use your rolling pin and roll over the foliage pressing it into
the clay. Check to insure they have imprinted and roll over them again if
needed. Gently peel the foliage from the clay.

Step 3

Now take your cookie cutter or lid and press it into the clay, paying
attention to where you want the prints to be on your diffuser. Repeat as
many times as you would like. Carefully pull away the excess clay in
between the shapes, roll the extra clay pieces bits into a ball, and store
back with the rest of the clay in its original container. Gently peel them up
from the wax paper. If the edges of the diffusers are cracked or crumbly,
you can smooth them now with your finger. If necessary, add a drop or two
of water to make it easier. Repeat steps 1-3 if you want to make a few
dozen.

Step 4

Take the skewer and make a hole near the top big enough for your cord to
pass through once the pendant is dried. If necessary, use a toothpick to
enlarge the hole and smooth it out. Repeat with the others.  Place the
diffusers on a new sheet of wax paper to dry. It may take 24-48 hours for
them to completely dry out.

Step 5

After they have dried, tie on a string. If desired, use sandpaper or a nail file to file to smooth the edges and surface of the diffusers, then wipe clean with a paper towel or cloth.

STEP 6

Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and tip the diffuser back and forth so the
oil spreads evenly into the clay. If you use too much it could run off, In
that case, just use a napkin or cloth to wipe away any excess. The oil will evaporate over the course of 1-3 days. Once the scent fades, you can re-apply with whatever essential oil you like. Caution: Undiluted essential oils should not come into contact with skin or eyes!
Hang your clay diffuser anywhere you please! Wear it as a necklace, hang
it in your car, hang it near your bed!

Care Instructions
Do not allow clay diffuser to come into contact with water.

Why Should I Diffuse Essential Oils?

Aroma can have a powerful influence on our emotional state. When
inhaled, odor molecules from essential oils immediately travel up your
nose to the limbic lobe of the brain, which is known as the emotional
control center. They can quickly improve your mood or even boost your
alertness (peppermint essential oil is great for this purpose). So...they
are not just for the smell! In my opinion, this is one of the best ways to use
essential oils. Aromatherapy and inhalation can take you out of a funk
fast!

Hanging a clay diffuser makes it easy to enjoy the aromatherapy benefits
of essential oils all day long. Hanging one in your car is a great way to use
essential oils on the go. And each person can pick and choose their favorite
scents, which they can then change as soon as the oil dissipates.

WANT TO MAKE THIS ON MAY 13TH?

 PEACES Market May 13th 11Am - 4 PM

PEACES Market May 13th 11Am - 4 PM