How to: DIY Essential Oil Display

I was scrounging around the local recycling centre (a favourite pass time of my hubby’s. I love him so I go… Ha Ha.) Anyway, I digress. I came across this photo frame that was a perfect size to make a new display for my oils. The one I had was lovely, but it was now too small for my needs. It didn’t fit all of my oil bottles in! With doTERRA convention around the corner I knew I needed another one. Why not upcycle something that was only going to waste. This, with a number of other items we bought came to $5. Bargain.

 

Here are the steps I did to create my lovely new oil display so you can make one for yourself! Don’t have oils to put in your display? Your missing out! You can get started on your oily journey here.

 

Step 1. Measured up the photo frame to create the stand that I was going to attach to the back. You can see how I did it in the video below. (The video is a bit hit and miss as I don’t have a tripod and was filming one handed!)

The wood I used was pine, 40mm x 8mm and cost around $5.70 and I needed 2 lengths. I also bought 2 lengths of 6mm wooden dowel which were around $3.60 each. You can use wood sizes to suit your frame. I used wood that was just wide enough to hold an essential oil bottle, so I didn’t need it to be any bigger than this. The wooden dowel is used to stop the oil bottles from sliding off my shelf. This is optional but I like the look of it.

 

Step 2. I cut the wood using a hacksaw. My wood wasn’t very thick so cutting it this way only took me a few minutes. I was too lazy to get out hubby’s mitre saw. I then sanded back the edges to make it smooth.

 

Step 3. I then glued the frame together and nailed it together. As I’m not a carpenter, I’m not too hung up of ‘how it looks’. I like the look of DIY being slightly rustic. If you want to make it look a bit nicer, wait for the glue to dry first, before you nail it together. It will also make it a bit easier!

 

Step 4. Next I measured up the positioning for the slats. This actual cm apart is up to you. I started with a large gap at the bottom as I wanted to store 10ml roller bottles and Spritzers on this shelf. (In this picture, it is actually the 1st slat from the top – you will see what I mean from the finished photo). From there, I tried to keep the rest of the slats even. They need to be tall enough to hold 15ml essential oil bottles, but also tall enough to be able to get them off the shelf easily.

 

Step 5. I then glued and nailed the slats into place. As before, If you wait for the glue to dry, it will make nailing in place a easier.

 

Step 6. Back to the photo frame. I didn’t need the backing where the fold-put stand was or the glass so I removed those. I then needed to removed the tabs that hold these in place. I show you how to do that in the video below.

 

Step 7. I then spray painted the photo frame. I chose black and silver for my frame. I wanted the back of the display to be black, so I sprayed the black of my frame black so it all tied in together once it was finished. I did 2 coats, I also sprayed the display stand black at this stage. You could wait until the backing ply board and wooden dowel was attached to the stand but I chose to do it now. Once the back of the photo frame was dry, I spray painted the front Silver. I did 3 coats on the front as I wanted it extra shiny.

Step 8. I cut some ply board the size of the frame. We had some left over from another project so I didn’t need to buy any more. I measured the wooden dowel and cut to size. I stray painted both the ply board and the wooden dowel.

 

Step 9. Once it was dry, I glued the wooden dowel and the ply board backing into place. I secured the back with nails and touched up with a little more paint. The pic below is my finished display stand and the photo frame ready to be joined together. As the photo frame is a ‘feature’ and not a vital component, I just glued these together and didn’t use nails. If you want to, you can secure using nails.

 

Step 10. I wanted the frame to be secured directly to the wall to protect my oils, as I wasn’t sure how heavy the display stand and the oils would be together. Hubby secured it for me using these flat screws. I then gave them a quick spray with some black spray paint. (If you look closely – you can see where hubby scraped my frame with the drill. Aaargh!)

 

Step 11. This is an additional step if you choose. I wanted some cushioning for my oil bottles, so I cut some black felt to size, and lined the shelves with it. I didn’t glue them down, so that way I can wash them if required.

Step 12. My finished Oil Display, with all of my beautiful oils! Plenty of room for new oils to be added!

 

Bonus: I have included a pic of my old oil display that I made the same way. The saddest part about this stand, is that I love this gorgeous ornate frame. I was from a much larger frame that I cut to down to size. I regret that now as it was beautiful. Originally, the frame was gold and silver. I wanted to tie some black into it. I randomly wiped globs of petroleum jelly over the frame. I sprayed the frame black. When it was dry, I wiped off the globs of petroleum jelly to reveal the gold and silver underneath. The effect was truly lovely!

 

If you have any questions just give me a shout! I would love to help you and would love to see your beautiful stands.

Jem x

My 5 favourite diffuser blends for Sleep

At some point in our lives, we have all had trouble sleeping. If I was a betting woman, I would bet some of you do too. So, I want to share with you, some essential oil sleep blends with you. I have 5 trusty sleep diffuser blends that I LOVE using. It depends on my mood to which one I choose, but these are all on high rotation in my house. 

1. “Sleepy Snuggles” Diffuser Blend

Juniper Berry – When diffused, Juniper Berry provides a cleansing, refreshing aroma. It is perfect in a sleep blend as it has a calming, grounding effect. Just be warned – it drips out of the bottle really fast!

Vetiver – One of my absolute favourite oils! Vetiver has a rich, exotic, complex aroma. Vetiver’s calming, grounding effect on the emotions, it is an ideal oil to add to a sleep blend. This oil is extremely thick and takes “forever” to come out of the bottle.

Bergamot – When diffused, Bergamot promotes a calm relaxed environment. Bergamot is unique among citrus oils due to its ability to be both uplifting and calming to the emotions. As an added bonus it smells divine!


2. “Her Sleep Blend” Diffuser Blend

So we already know the reasons I love vetiver and juniper berry. Exchanging the citrus smell of bergamot for the woody, herbal, floral scent of clary sage, changes with whole tone of this diffuser blend.

Clary Sage – The main chemical component of Clary Sage is linalyl acetate, part of the esters group, making it one of the most relaxing, soothing, and balancing essential oils. When added to a sleep diffuser blend, inhaling Clary Sage promotes feelings of relaxation.

 

 

3. “Peaceful Sleep” Diffuser Blend

This oh so simple sleep blend is simply divine. It uses two of the oils that are part of the Home Essentials Kit. If you haven’t yet purchase your essential oils, (and you aren’t already working with someone else) you can do so here. (You will join my oily team).

Lavender – Called the ‘swiss army knife of oils’ because it is so useful for so many things. But most people know lavender for its calming and relaxing qualities. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. But added to the diffuser and its the bomb!

Easy Air –  Is a blend of essential oils including Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon, Cardamom, Ravintsara, and Ravensara. When Easy Air is diffused at nighttime, calms the senses for a restful nights sleep. It is especially useful during the winter months to feel clear when breathing during the night. 

 

4. “Sweet Dreams” Diffuser Blend

Adding Lavender Peace to Juniper Berry is simple ‘the bomb’!

Lavender Peace – combines essential oils renowned for their ability to soothe the senses and calm emotions. These include Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, & Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood. Lavender Peace is soothing to the senses and calming to the emotions.


5. “Sweet Sleep” Diffuser Blend

Finally, adding cedarwood and marjoram to lavender just creates a divine blend. Marjoram is an understated oil but it has many great benefits. Despite being one of the the herb oils, it has a gentle aroma. 

Cedarwood –  It has a grounding aroma that evokes feelings of spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Diffusing Cedarwood is especially beneficial after a difficult day to create a relaxing environment.

Marjoram – Has a uplifting, herbaceous aroma that was known to the Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness. Marjoram creates a positive, calming aroma and promotes feelings of calmness and ease. Added with cedarwood and lavender it is simply divine.


I hope you like my favourite diffuser blends just as much as I do!

As an added bonus, why not try one last diffuser blend. Diffuse 3 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Lavender and 2 drops Wild Orange. Bliss!

Jem x

P.S. Bonus Sleep tip – add a drop of Vetiver straight onto your big toe. Let me know how you found it 🙂