How to Make Terracotta Clay Essential Oil Diffuser


Are you a fan of diffusers? We love how you only need a few drops of essential oils to create a relaxing atmosphere, your own oasis of peace and calmness. Scents have that magical power, right? Whether it’s a candle, perfume, or essential oil, scent can take us on a magical journey, or remind us of the most delicious apple pie that our grandma used to make.

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Terracotta Clay Diffusers

As true fans of crafting, we’re always on the hunt for some new and amazing craft ideas. And an idea of making a terracotta clay diffuser– instantly caught our eye. It is perfect for us – we love essential oils, and we love making things with clay. Win-win situation, you might say.

These diffusers are super easy and inexpensive to make. You can even make them with your kids, as a fun little project.

So let’s start! All you need for making your terracotta clay diffuser is:

  • terracotta air dry clay
  • rolling pin
  • cookie cutters
  • drinking straw
  • essential oils

We opted for terracotta clay for one good reason. Terracotta will soak up the essential oils and slowly release the fragrance, just like a diffuser.  For design, we decided to keep it simple – rainbows and ‘nature effect’ with beautiful greenery.

  1. Pinch off a little piece of terracotta clay, work it between your fingers to soften it up, and roll it out on a smooth surface. It should be at least 1cm thick.
  2. Now press the cookie cutter and create shapes. For design, you can use stamps or like us greenery. If you opt for our design, place the leaf into the clay, and gently roll over it with a rolling pin. Remove the leaf, again gently, and that is it.
  3. Use a straw to make the holes on diffusers if you want to hang it, or use it as a necklace or Christmas ornament. Allow the clay to dry for 24h. Don’t put the clay directly into the sun, to avoid cracks.
  4. When dry, smooth out the edges with a piece of sandpaper and gently sand it. Insert ribbon and add few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Rainbow Terracotta Clay Diffuser

We love Elixir St. Rocha, and Aromasin essential oils by Aromara. First is a blend of 14 essential oils such as tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, lemongrass… it has that fresh, clean smell. And the second, Aromasin is really refreshing, and perfect if you have a cold.