Make Your Own Car Air Freshener In Minutes!

This “tutorial” is SO easy I’m ALMOST embarrassed to share it! :-)  But of course I WILL share it because I can’t help myself. I just LOVE how simple it was and how cute and useful it turned out to be!

Someone emailed me a few weeks ago asking about a DIY version of those hanging car air fresheners. Thank goodness for all you savvy readers! I would have NEVER thought of that! And yet it turned out to be such a fun little project!

I absolutely LOVE my DIY car air freshener flower hanging in my car! It makes me smile each time I get in to drive somewhere. :-)

OK…this is one of those “tutorials” that if you BLINK, you’ll miss it, so pay attention!

You will need:

homemade car air freshener
The fun thing about this super simple project is you can make your hanging air freshener any shape your heart desires to reflect your personality! I personally LOVE flowers…so that is the first thing that came to mind…but a cute heart or an initial would be fun too. I also thought about making one for the hubster in the shape of a football or something. :-)  The possibilities literally are endless!
homemade car air freshener
Once you decide on a shape, do a freehand drawing or print out a picture from online, and cut it out. Then trace the shape onto the felt AND onto the craft foam.  Cut both out. Peel the paper off the peel & stick craft foam piece and press the felt to it.
homemade car air freshener
Using the hole punch, punch out a hole at the “top” of your design/shape.
homemade car air freshener
Now add your scent. I used a dropper to sprinkle my felt piece with some Linen scent liquid potpourri. You don’t want to saturate it so much that it is going to DRIP. Of course if you’re using essential oils you will only need a few drops.
homemade car air freshener

Thread about 12 inches of your choice of ribbon or twine into the hole at the top. You can now hang it over the rearview mirror or anywhere else you desire in your car. When the fragrance disappears after a month or two, just simply apply another drop or two of essential oil or the air freshener spray.

homemade car air fresheners

homemade car air fresheners

Now not only does my car look cute… smells like freshly laundered linen!  I’m so easily pleased.   :-)

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  1. Murphy says

    This sounds really fun, and I’ve tried several of your tips already. A safety tip, though, I heard from an expert. Absolutely NOTHING should hang from the rear view mirror. In the event of any sudden braking, the dangling distracts our eyes, affects our concentration and decreases reaction time. (Where did the kid’s ball go now? Oh, and where is the kid?) Please, hang the airfreshener in the side/ back of the car :-) Hugs and safe driving!

      • Michelle says

        FYI – In Minnesota, where I am from, I got a ticket because I had an air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror. :( Nothing can be hanging from it. Oh well. Lesson learned.

      • Jessica Nelson Norem says

        Yes, don’t hang from mirror in Mn. I was also pulled over but only with a warning. LOVE your posts!!! Thank you for all your work in getting us this info Jilly!!!!

  2. Terry says

    Why do you need the felt AND the craft foam? Would one of those heavy-duty sheets of felt work?

  3. Michelle says

    Thanks, now I can make my own and not have to spend the ridiculous amount of money that they charge for air fresheners.

  4. Kimberly says

    Just another reason I love this site!! That is sooooo cute. I just love checking every morning to see what is the one good thing for the day.

  5. Penny Hannah says

    Isn’t that the cutest? Great little stocking stuffers or presents for kids to make. That must have been a VERY late night post Jillee – I love reading your blog when I get up!