I got a catalog in the mail from one of those big candle companies. They have begun selling reed diffusers that look like a vase of fresh flowers rather than just a jar with wooden sticks.
Because, they were $20 and I KNEW I could replicate them. Maybe even make them prettier (theirs appeared to be a little stingy on the flowers-so, I headed to the dollar store. I found a sweet pea reed diffuser for $4 and picked out two small bunches of flowers. One was $1 and the other was $3.
First, I popped the blooms off the ends of the plastic stems. I got some burgundy flowers that resemble peonies and also a bunch of white dogwoods (our state flower).
I thought the plastic ends would fit right onto the wooden reeds but, the openings on the bottoms of the flowers were too small. I tried gluing them on with the glue gun but that didn't work either. SO, I took a small kitchen knife and lightly trimmed some off the top of the reeds.
Ta-da! They fit right onto the flowers. (sorry the pictures are so bad. I was trying to take them myself as I was doing this; almost lost a finger. ; )
After trimming all the reeds and placing the flowers on the ends I arranged them back in the diffuser scent. It turned out beautiful! And, smells even better. The best part is, I spent $8 rather than $20. : )
Go out and make yourself a nice vase of flowers that will smell great for months!
I'm linking this project up to several of the link parties on my page as well as: