Since becoming a mom, my lovely new car has really taken a beating. At 27 years old, I only just now started taking better care of my car. Performing regular car washes inside and out. I rarely eat food in the car anymore. I even remember to take any wrappers or LaCroix cans to the recycling when I get home. But then came along our darling daughter.
Let me paint you a picture of what my little black car has been through. Cicily is a constantly hungry two-year-old, that likes to play with her food. The poor Jetta seats have been lathered in smooshed cheddar bunnies and bananas over and over again.
Milk has been thrown across the backseat from window to window. The milk has been left to dry of course because by the time we got home she had fallen asleep in the car. I quickly try to pull off the nearly impossible transfer from carseat to crib without waking the kid up. My crib transfer average is about 50/50 so when I am successful, I usually forget to go back to clean up her mess because I’m too busy trying to squeeze a million other things in before she wakes up. So, yeah. That would be why there’s dried milk all over the seats and window.
On top of all that, we rock cloth diapers which adds a whole new level of stink to the car when making extended trips.
Sometimes even after a long trip to the car cleaner you still need a boost to make the car feel extra fresh. For us, that extra boost is a clean linen scented car freshener. I love the smell of fresh linen in my car, personally. Nothing gets rid of the dirty diaper smell better.
The beauty of these homemade car fresheners is that you can choose whatever scent you love most to make them. Just find your own bottle of happiness, gather some crafting materials and follow these few easy steps to make your own car air fresheners!
What you need:
- Ashland Concentrated Fragrance Oil – you can buy them at Michaels.
- Felt sheet (choose the sturdy pieces, not the flimsy ones)
- Hole puncher
- Black marker
- Feather template (download here)
Step 1 – Print out the feather template by clicking here. Cut out the feather shape.
Step 2 – Select your favorite color felt piece. Make sure you use the starchy, sturdy type of felt and not the flimsy kind. We’re always big fans of the glitter felt. 😉
Step 3 – Trace the feather onto your piece of felt with the black marker. If you’re using glitter felt, consider sketching on the back so that there are no lines after you cut the shape out.
Step 4 – Cut out the feather from the felt.
Step 5 – Use a hole puncher to punch a hole in the top of the feather. We love to use our heart hole puncher when possible.
Step 6 – Choose your favorite fragrance oil. We used “Clean Linen.” Add drops of the fragrance oil all over the felt feather.
Step 7 – Let the oil be absorbed into the feather and dry for 24 hours. Don’t worry, those drops will disappear as the oil evaporates.
Step 8 – Tie a clear piece string through the hole and knot. Hang in your car!
These make adorable gifts that your kids can give to dad or grandpa for birthdays or Father’s Day. You could personalize these homemade car air fresheners even more by tracing your child’s hand on felt instead of making the feather shape. Experiment with other shapes and scents for fun.