Make your own essential oil diffuser necklace for less than $1 each and in less than 1 minute


Make Your Own Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

This diffuser necklace is my new favorite!

Make your own for less than a dollar!

Anyone can make these, really.   And they’re super fast to make.  I made 20 in about 15 minutes.  That’s 15 to make all 20 diffuser necklaces!

Perfect for make & take classes, new enrollee incentives, team gifts, teacher appreciation, and more!!  Who wouldn’t love to get one of these?!!



Silver plated metal bead cage pendants  – click here to get them

Make your own essential oil diffuser necklace for less than $1 each and in less than 1 minute

24″ silver plated snake chains – click here to get them

Make your own essential oil diffuser necklace for less than $1 each and in less than 1 minute

Or use these super cute waxed cotton cord necklaces that come in all these amazing colors– click here to get them


Lava beads (hold the essential oil) – click here to get



Colorful lava beads (hold the essential oil)- click here to get



Or instead of the lava beads, you can use these adorable (and colorful) 14mm wool ballsclick here to get them

Make your own essential oil diffuser necklace for less than $1 each and in less than 1 minute


Step-by-Step Instructions (as easy as 1-2-3)

Putting these diffuser necklaces together is so easy!

1.  Just pop one lava bead (or wool ball) into the wire cage (no tools required)

Make your own essential oil diffuser necklace for less than $1 each and in less than 1 minute

Make your own essential oil diffuser necklace for less than $1 each and in less than 1 minute

Make your own essential oil diffuser necklace for less than $1 each and in less than 1 minute

Make your own essential oil diffuser necklace for less than $1 each and in less than 1 minute

2.  Slide the chain through the bead cage

That’s it!  You just made a DIY diffuser necklace.

Make your own essential oil diffuser necklace for less than $1 each and in less than 1 minute


3.  Just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Reapply oils every couple of days. Enjoy!

Make your own essential oil diffuser necklace for less than $1 each and in less than 1 minute

Make your own essential oil diffuser necklace for less than $1 each and in less than 1 minute

Make your own essential oil diffuser necklace for less than $1 each and in less than 1 minute

Make your own essential oil diffuser necklace for less than $1 each and in less than 1 minute


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By | 2017-10-13T19:59:50+00:00 April 7th, 2016|Essential Oils|39 Comments


  1. Karen of Baked Blessings April 9, 2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

    This is a fabulous idea! I wonder how they hold up, being silver plated. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sarah Lewis April 10, 2016 at 7:46 am - Reply

      Hi, Karen. I’ve only been wearing mine for a couple of months. So far it’s doing great, but like you I would expect the silver plating to start to wear off at some point. I’ll have to see how that goes. I may be that when (and if) the silver plating starts to wear off, it looks like a beautiful patina or other pattern and I’ll keep wearing it. If not, my thought is that I’ll switch it out for another one since these are so inexpensive to make. Hope that helps a little. Sorry I don’t have more to share on it yet. – Sarah

  2. Patty April 9, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Which one holds the oil smell longest?

    • Sarah Lewis April 10, 2016 at 7:41 am - Reply

      Hi, Patty. The lava beads might hold the essential oil scent a little bit longer, but both the wool balls and lava beads are fairly similar in holding the scent for a couple of days. – Sarah

  3. Nancy King April 10, 2016 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Seems like one could also use broken pieces of clay pots instead of the wool balls or lava balls. That is what I would try since I have a number or broken clay pots.

    • Sarah Lewis April 10, 2016 at 8:53 am - Reply

      Hi, Nancy. That seems like a great thing to try! Also, if you have any Crayola Air Dry Clay, you could make balls out of the clay and use them in this diffuser necklace, too. I bet there are lots of porous things we could repurpose and use inside of diffuser necklaces. Thanks for sharing the idea! – Sarah

  4. Andrea Kobylarz April 10, 2016 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Apply clear nail polish so the silver plating won’t come off 😉

    • Sarah Lewis April 11, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      that is a wonderful idea for anyone concerned about the silver plating flaking off.
      thank you, Andrea!

  5. Audrey Benedict April 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Do you soak them in the oil?

    • Sarah Lewis April 11, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Hi, Audrey.
      If the wool ball is outside of the necklace pendent, then I hold the wool ball (or lava bead) with one hand and put 2-3 drops of essential oil on the top of the wool ball using my other hand. I hold the ball for a few seconds to let the essential oil absorb into the ball and then place it back into the cage pendent.
      If I’m in a hurry and reapplying the essential oil to a wool ball that’s already inside the necklace, then I pry open the pendent a little bit using my fingers and apply the essential oil to the ball while it’s still inside the pendent.

  6. Lynn Groseclose April 10, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Hi Sarah,
    How can I sign up for your blog? Soooooooooooooo much good info.

    • Sarah Lewis April 28, 2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      Hi, Lynn.
      So sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Somehow I missed your note.
      It’s great to hear that you’re liking my blog! 🙂 Thank you!
      You can sign up for our newsletter here: Just like the One Essential Community blog, it will have ideas, recipes, and tips for how to use essential oils.
      So glad you found us!
      And again, I’m sorry it took me long to get back to you.

  7. Leah April 11, 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Do you personally use different scents each time you “reapply” the oil? Or would you need to use a new wool/lava ball for each scent you use? So for instance, you used Lavender on Monday, but really wanted to use Orange on Friday. Does the Lavender scent go away enough? Thanks! I love this idea.

    • Sarah Lewis April 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      Hi, Leah.
      The scent is usually strong enough to wear for a couple of days, but a weaker scent would still be present on the balls for a couple more days after that (days 3 and 4 after originally applying). If you apply lavender on Monday, then don’t reapply until Friday, you will be fine changing the essential oil to orange. If, however, you apply lavender on Monday and again reapply lavender on Wednesday because the scent (and therapeutic benefits) were wearing off, then if you added orange on Friday it would likely still have a faint smell of lavender as well. I like that combination, but if you wanted a pure orange smell (and therapeutic properties), then I would use a different ball.
      I personally usually wear an uplifting citrus blend, but when I do want to change it out, I do switch to a different diffuser necklace or put a new ball in this cage pendent necklace.
      Thanks so much for your note!

  8. Lauren April 16, 2016 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! I went on Amazon and the wool balls are out of stock. Can you tell me what size they are? (10mm, 15mm, etc.) I tried to look it up but couldn’t find it. Thank you for sharing!

    • Sarah Lewis April 17, 2016 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Hi, Lauren.
      The wool balls are very small, only 1/4 inch (about 6 mm).
      I hope they’re back in stock on Amazon soon, because that made it so easy to get everything in one place. But in the meantime, here are a couple of ideas of where else you might be able to find mini (1/4 inch/6mm) wool balls like this– My local Hobby Lobby (craft store) carries these mini wool balls from Dimensions as does a local scrapbooking store called Paper Source.

  9. Daphne May 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    What size Lava Beads and what size wool balls fit in those pendants? Thanks!

    • Sarah Lewis May 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      Hi, Daphne.
      I use 6mm lava beads and wool balls.

  10. Brenda May 27, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I LOVE your blog! I’m new to oils & slightly obsessed and have great ideas. You have been a big help!!

    • Sarah Lewis May 28, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      Hi, Brenda.
      Thanks for the great note.
      So glad you’re finding my blog useful. You are exactly the type of person I have in mind as I create things for One Essential Community. Sounds like you might be a it like I me a few years ago when I started using essential oils. And I still love learning about essential oils and fun ways to use them!

  11. Lynda May 30, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    I was told not to use citrus on the lava beads as it destroys the beads quickly. Is that right?

    • Sarah Lewis June 3, 2016 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Hi, Lynda.
      I have not heard that and it hasn’t been my experience. I regularly use citrus oils on my lava beads and they seem fine to me. After reading your question, I also Googled it and didn’t see it come up as an issue. And more good news, with loose lava beads like this, if something did happen to the lava bead, it would be very easy and inexpensive to change out the lava bead for a new one.

  12. April June 6, 2016 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Is it best to use straight essential oils, or can you use some of the roller bottle blends that are 5-10%?

    • Sarah Lewis June 15, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      Hi, April.
      It would be best to use straight essential oils when applying to lava beads, felt, wool, or other fabrics. While the essential oils will evaporate, in EOs diluted with carrier oils will leave behind the carrier oils and then those will build up over time. If you do use a diluted blend with carrier oils, try to wash the material after use.

  13. Julie November 9, 2016 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Would beach glass hold the scent?

    • Sarah Lewis November 11, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Hi Julie. I’m not certain, but I don’t think beach glass is porous enough to hold the scent of essential oils. You could intermix the beach glass with lava rocks (which are porous); I think that could look great. – Sarah

  14. Kim November 12, 2016 at 9:59 am - Reply

    What do you string the lava beads with? Will they fit onto the silver necklace chain? Like, can you get them over the clasp or the hook end? Really love the lava beads!!!

    • Sarah Lewis November 21, 2016 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Hi Kim,
      For this necklace, I didn’t string the lava beads. You simply pry open the wire of the bead cage a little and pop the lava bead right in. Super easy.
      If you did want to string the lava beads and make a bracelet or a necklace, you would need a very thin (but strong) wire/cord– something like this The necklace would be much too think to go through the hole in the lava beads.
      Please let us know what you create with your lava beads. I love your enthusiasm!

  15. Tony November 28, 2016 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Hi I am in the UK and have found 1cm wool balls. What size cage would I need?



    • Sarah Lewis December 1, 2016 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Hi Tony,
      The wool balls I’ve used are 14mm, but I’ve also used lava beads that are 10mm (1cm). I, personally, think the 20mm by 25mm wire cages look great with both the 14mm wool balls and 10mm lava beads. As you can see in the photo the 14mm wool balls fill up a good amount of the 20mm wire cage. Here’s a link to where you can see what the 10mm (1cm) lava beads look like in that same 20mm cage. If you’d rather have the wool ball have a greater presence inside the wire cage, then I’d look for a wire cage around 14-16mm.

  16. Sharon December 13, 2016 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I hadn’t seen these done with wool balls, but I love this version and the cages!

  17. Sierra March 1, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Do you know where I can find the supplies in store (without ordering them)? I checked Michaels and Walmart and couldn’t find anything. I’m on a time crunch, so ordering is a no go. Thanks!

    • Sarah Lewis March 2, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      If you have a Hobby Lobby, JoAnn’s, or other craft store by you, they might have them in the jewelry aisle? I’ve ordered my supplies online, but I have spotted similar items in those stores before. I think the wool balls are the most difficult part to find in stores (at least they are hard to find in my area).

  18. Marisa March 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Do you have some recipes that you can share for these necklaces? Like for Depression, Energize, Headache…etc. I bought the 6 Popular Essential Oils, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Lemon, Eucalyptus Citradora, Peppermint & Tea Tree. Thanks! 🙂

    • Sarah Lewis March 19, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Yes, I’ve done a post before on essential oil blends for diffuser jewelry. Here’s a link. They mostly use common essential oils.
      Here are a few ideas for blends based on the oils you have:
      calming: 2 drops lavender + 2 drops sweet orange
      tension: 2 drops peppermint + 2 drops lavender
      seasonal environment: 1 lavender + 1 lemon + 1 peppermint
      clear breathing: 1 eucalyptus + 1 peppermint + 1 lemon + 1 lavender
      Thanks for asking. I should make sure to put a link to these diffuser jewelry recipes in this post. Maybe others would find them useful, too.

  19. Melissa August 26, 2017 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Do you know if there is any way to “wash” the wool balls?

    • Sarah Lewis August 27, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      Yes, you can soak them for about 10 minutes in a sink of water and a delicate laundry detergent, then rinse in warm water, and roll up in a washcloth or towel to absorb the water and help them dry. Don’t squish, squeeze, or pull them, as wool can easily loose its shape.

  20. Carolin Lhamon September 29, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    i don’t see the recipe for the cross bracelets. My granddaughter really wants a diffuser bracelet

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