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Homemade Car Air Freshener with Essential Oils

How to make a classic pine tree homemade car air freshener using essential oils and a few craft supplies.

I don’t take an Uber or taxi ride often. But when I do, I always hold my breath to see if the car is going to smell from artificial air fresheners. If I see one of those cheap cardboard trees dangling from the mirror when they pull up, I silently say a prayer not to get a headache.

The artificial fragrances of most air fresheners use chemicals I don’t want to be breathing. And those chemicals often give me a headache nearly instantly. Once, I had to ask the driver if I could put the window down during my entire drive because the smell was overwhelming.

Needless to say, I’m a little passionate about telling people that you can freshen your car naturally without buying those cheap pine air fresheners! And this easy DIY craft makes it super simple to make your own at home.

hanging pine tree scented air freshener

Helpful Tips

  • While I chose the traditional pine tree shape and pine essential oil scent, you can choose whatever you’d like. Such as a heart shape with rose essential oil. Or get a simple square or circle and add cleansing tea tree oil as the fragrance.
  • You will need to refresh the essential oils periodically. Sunlight can cause their potency to fade more quickly, so if your car is parked outdoors, you will likely need to refresh it more often.
  • If you’d like, add felt pads on both sides of the ornament.

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hanging pine tree scented air freshener

How to Make Your Own Car Air Freshener

Yield: 1 car air freshener
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

This pine tree car air freshener is made with natural essential oils. No need to breathe in artificial fragrances!


  • Metal tree-shaped ornament
  • Green felt
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pine essential oil


  1. Use the fabric marker to trace around the outside of the tree ornament on the green felt. Then, cut along the inside of the line to make the felt piece slightly smaller than the top of the ornament. metal tree shape on a green piece of felt
  2. Glue the felt to the top of the ornament. green felt glued to top of metal tree ornament
  3. Drop 10 to 15 drops of pine essential oil on the felt. essential oil bottle held over felt tree pattern
  4. Hang the tree in your car to freshen the air.


  • Refresh the essential oils periodically.
  • Use whatever shapes and fragrances you'd like.
  • Add a second felt shape to the backside for a stronger scent.

I love showing people how to swap out their artificial fragrances for more natural air fresheners. Here’s some more great DIY ideas that you’ll love:


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