DIY Tassel Diffuser

Ashleigh Sommer
by Ashleigh Sommer
9 Materials
20 Minutes

Have a spot in your home that doesn't have a plug but want a cute way to freshen up the smell? I have the answer for you! I took some yarn, beads, wool ball and 15-20 minutes and made myself a super cute air freshener that I can use essential oils to freshen any space with! Put these on the door handles in your laundry room, clip them to your cars air vents, the possibilities are endless!

Materials Needed -

  • Wool Balls (Amazon)
  • Wood Beads (Amazon or Walmart)
  • Decorative Pieces (Michael's)
  • Yarn (Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael's)
  • Long Needle
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Small Cord

Wool Balls -

Wood Beads -

I bought my beads in bulk because I knew I would use them for many different projects. To save money you could purchase beads from Walmart in a smaller quantity - they have packs in the craft section with a handful of beads for under $1.

Decorative Beads -

Step One - How to Make Tassels

To make a tassel you'll need a card board piece cut to the length of what size you want your tassel. Wrap the yarn around the card board 15-20 times. Then cut the yarn so both end pieces are at the same end. Next, cut a strand which will be the top of your tassel. Cut the length to the appropriate length you will be needing.

With that strand of cut yarn, put it through the wrapped yarn, and tie it at the top. This is the opposite end of the cut pieces. Then, cut the bottom yarn free.

You will then cut another piece of yarn to make the top "head" of the tassel. I like to make this piece long enough to be able to tie around once or twice and have the remaining length the same as the whole tassel. Once that piece is tied on I trim the bottom so everything is uniform.

Step Two - String on beads

I have this very large needle I use when I'm stringing on beads. I believe I got this in a pack of larger needles from Walmart.

I purchased some new decorative beads for this project to spice it up! These are both from Michael's. They were around $6 each.

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I laid out how I wanted my beads to look before stringing them on. I was debating between the smooth balls and the textured ones.

I began stringing on my beads. When I put the decorative one on I tied it off at one end so you wouldn't be able to see the yarn behind it.

I made two of these DIY car diffusers - the other one I made had a half moon bead with smaller holes. I had to use the small cord in order to fit it through the holes on the bead. Depending on the size of your holes on your beads, you'll use the yarn or something smaller.

Then I cut another piece of yarn to tie onto the top of the bead. I made a simple larks head knot to attach the yarn.

I finished stringing the rest of the beads onto that new piece of yarn.

I make a double knot at the top to keep the beads on and there you have it, how cute right?!

The wool ball is the part where you will add your essential oils.

I made this to put in my car so I used a small clothes pin to clip it on my car vent!

You could even hang this on your rear view mirror if you don't want it on your vent.

I have several of these tassel diffusers around my home hanging on door handles. Not only are they cute for decor purposes but they freshen up the air too! These are perfect for places that don't have a plug to add a regular air freshener.

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  • Noni Noni on Nov 02, 2021

    I wasn't sure that I understood about the (wool) ball. Do I add the essential oil to a ball of yarn or did you mean a (wood) ball?

  • Hope Hope on Nov 02, 2021

    Hi Ashleigh...

    I LOVE pretty! I want to make a bunch of them!! :)

    Got a couple of questions...

    1. How long does the scent last..?
    2. Do the essential oils stain the wool ball..?
  • Shuganne Shuganne on Nov 19, 2021

    I haven't worked with essential oils. Could they discolor the wood doors where they are hanging? What about the vinyl on the car's dash? Thanks for sharing! (This is the first project with tassels that I liked ((because it doesn't look like a third grade art project.)) Sorry, parents of third graders and art teachers everywhere.)

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