I am a #NOWWellness Influencer and have been given products to sample, however, I was not paid to write this post. The FTC requires that I disclose this but I was using and loving many of them before working with this company. All opinions are my own. Kids are smelly. When I was in my twenties I would find concert ticket stubs under the couch. In my thirties, business cards. Now in my forties after having three kids, it’s a moldy strawberry, a half-eaten cheese stick, and popcorn bits… OMG the popcorn bits. If you have children I’m pretty certain that you can relate. It doesn’t matter how many times you tell them not to eat in the car, or on the couch, they somehow are able to single-handedly deposit perishable foods and smelly items in every crack and crevice of your home and vehicle. How?! Why?! Let’s talk about the bathroom. For some reason, kids don’t flush, or at least mine don’t! It’s World War III if someone doesn’t get to push the elevator button, but do you think they could press the toilet handle? Nope. It’s mind-boggling, isn’t it? I am constantly telling them, “One day you won’t flush in front of your boyfriend or girlfriend and they’ll break up with you. Yeah, high school is shallow that way so don’t be surprised when it happens.” They respond with the statement that, “they will never have a significant other in High School because they are too young and will be far too busy.” Oy! My kids! I hope that’s the case, but I will do anything to get them to flush. From sweaty soccer clothes, gassy children, three pets, and tweens, my house and car can get stanky! We don’t always love to use the spray type air fresheners because my kids are allergic to most, plus they leave a fake smell in the house that usually ends up triggering migraines (two out of three of my children get migraines and I am chronic). Smell is a huge trigger for all three of us. We do fine with NOW® Solutions Essential oils and I diffuse them in my home and car, but I wanted to spruce up my environment for spring so when my daughter and I were at the Dollar Store the other day, we picked up some coffee filters and clothes pins. We saw on Pinterest all of these gorgeous tutorials for coffee filter flowers, but why not glue them on a clothes pin, drop some essential oil on them and turn it into a beautiful air freshener that cheers everyone up? That’s what we thought and that’s what we did. They are amazing and so bright and beautiful. There are a few smells that we will never be able to hack, but for the most part, these paper flower fresheners do the trick. We all loved how these turned out and how easy they were to make. Here are my thoughts:
What I loved
- That it was so easy to make that my kids could do this as a craft.
- That they really do work to clear the smell out of the air.
- They are gorgeous and brighten up a room or car.
- They smell amazing with scents that are all natural that you can customize.
- You can easily refresh these as the scent begins to fade by adding a few more drops of NOW® Solutions Essential Oils.
- They are all natural with no fake scents or chemicals.
- They don’t trigger headaches and pains for both me and my little people.
- They’re very inexpensive to make.
What You’ll Need– A Hot Glue Gun – An assortment or your favorite NOW® Solutions Essential Oil – Coffee filters – Clothes Pins – Food Coloring ( Optional) You could leave them white. I like these all Natural ones— made from all vegetable and spices extract. – Paper plate or pie tin
How to Make ItFirst, drop about 3-4 drops of food coloring into the pie tin and then add a 1/4 cup of water. Depending on how dark you want these you may need to add more coloring. I wanted mine light pink. I did not mix my water and food coloring because I wanted some variation in color. Fold your coffee filters in half three times. Dip your folded filter into the food coloring mixture. You only need to dip the tips, it will bleed onto the rest on the petal. Repeat this process, using about 10 filters for one flower. Allow them to dry overnight. Hot glue four of the filters together in a circle. Then glue more triangle folded filters onto the circle. When all ten have been glued together, pull the sides up and create a point at the base of the flower. Then glue it to the clothes pin. Add 20-30 drops of your favorite NOW® Solutions Essential Oil. Explore the different scent options that NOW® Solutions offers: FLORAL, WOODSY, SWEET, MUSKY, SPICY I used Bottled Bouquet for mine and they smell amazing! [bctt tweet=”Smell Hack! DIY Coffee Filter Flower Air Freshener for Car or Home #NOWWellness”] So grab your glue gun and essential oils and make an adorable spring bouquet of these air fresheners. Easy, cheerful, inexpensive, and can be clipped on anywhere you need to cancel out stinky smells:
- Laundry Room
- Near a cat litter box
- Baby changing area
- Mud rooms and more!