Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DIY Diffuser Necklace and a GIVEAWAY

I actually made these!  Make sure to see below how you can win a free one!
I'm so excited to share this with you!  One of my favorite things to help parents with is ways they can connect with their kids.

Recently, I gave up homeschooling and sent the girls to a hybrid four-day-a-week school.  It was one of the hardest decisions we have made.  No one ever told me that school would be one of the hardest parts of parenting- whether home, public, private, hybrid!  There is no one perfect place, one place for kids to learn that will be just as safe as home.  And full disclosure, home may not have stayed safe if I kept trying to homeschool! 

So with a heavy heart I sent them back to school knowing that it was the best thing for my family in this season.  I have been thinking of ways for them to still feel connected to our little family while they are being brave in a new place.  Today I was inspired by a 10 year old entrepreneur who was making these beautiful diffuser necklaces and her mother was posting them on Facebook.  I thought, I might could make them too!

These were quite simple to make.  All products can be purchased at a Michaels or Hobby Lobby near you.  My daughter enjoyed the process, too- such a fun activity for older children to do with you.

Three things I love about having diffuser jewelry for the family:
  • These are a wonderful way for your kids to have the sensory, the calming, all the benefits of the oils throughout their day.  This is great for a family outing or if they are having to be away from mom and dad.
  • They double as fidgets- for sensory challenged kids.  They snap open, close, open, close.  Should not be something that they will get in trouble fiddling with, especially if you have a talk with the teacher and explain how this could benefit you both.
  • The best part, though, is that they connect my children back to me, reminding them that I am thinking about them and will equip them the best I can.  And my sweet Mia said this, and I knew it was all worth my day of gathering supplies and crafting: "Mom, this necklace means that I'm so very special!  It will help me remember!"  I can't believe that she said that.  Her journey has been long and slow, and I will make her 1,000 diffuser necklaces if that is what helps her feel more connected and special.  Because she is, and I want her to know it.

How to Make Your Own:

What you need: 

(all besides the YL oils can be found at local craft supply store jewelry isle, for oil ordering info, read here)
  • A locket type pendant, open air or closed
  • Charms if desired
  • A chain, 18" or longer for women and 14" for children
  • Rings to attach the pendants to the necklace
  • 1" Felt pads, also found in jewelry isle, can be cut to size 
  • Lobster clasps or other closures (only needed if you buy just a chain- the girls' chains came ready with a simple clasp)
  • Young Living Essential Oil of your choice, just 1-2 drops (change the felt pad out whenever you like for a new scent!)
These are some oils I will be talking about in an upcoming class for Struggling Children

Simply cut the felt pad to size.  Bigger pendants won't need cutting.  Add a drop of YL essential oil.  Close.  And wear!


If you follow me, @pumpkinspantry on Instagram you will be entered to win your own Diffuser Necklace!  Just comment on this photo on Instagram and tag two friends to be entered!  Giveaway ends 11:00 PM EST January 23, Winner will be announced on Saturday morning!

*All above information is specific to Young Living essential oils only.  I cannot give recommendations and suggestions on any oils but Young Living's essential oils.  The statements made on this blog about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA.  These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Anyone pregnant, nursing, or suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician.  If you are currently on medication, please do not stop.  It's always good to do your own research.  I have done mine for my family and we chose to incorporate YL essential oils into our lives.  If you are wanting to follow and do the same, please visit here for more information. 


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