We love crafting with essential oils. You can see some previous projects here.
One of the homemade gifts that I gave this year were these necklaces. Each contained an adorable acorn locket filled with solid perfume.
Read on for the simple DIY and an amazing woodsy essential oil blend.
First a note about the charms. I want to buy a million more. I picked these up in a gift shop, and while I haven’t found the exact version online, there are many variations.
The acorns were sold as little good luck charms and each was filled with three more acorns. Those acorns were just flat stamped pieces of metal, nothing special, so I didn’t mind removing them for this project.
As you can see, there’s a hinge where the acorn top meets the bottom. They open to a (relatively) large cavity, the perfect size for a bit of solid perfume. There’s a magnetic closure opposite the hinge that keeps them securely closed, and it’s strong enough to work even with the weight of the perfume.
Look at the detail on that acorn top! <3
The charms were sold individually and without a chain.
Fortunately, jewelry-making (if you can call this that?) has gotten so easy! Michaels sells chains in a variety of sizes already outfitted with clasps and length extenders. They also sell beads with jump rings attached.
It’s basically a mix and match fiesta, which left my crazy mom brain giddy, but also left me feeling as if I was DIY-cheating. ha!
Jewelry supplies :
- acorn charms
- 30 inch ball chain necklaces – I bought the silver, but can only find gold online
- polished stone bead with jump ring – I can’t find the pack online, but you can see them pictured here. It only came with one green bead. The others were shades of white and purple, totally fine, but not what I was looking for. For my purposes, I picked up a pack of extra green beads, without the attached jump ring, and then did the little bit of work to adding the headpins and jump rings.
Once I had the necklace supplies, it was as easy as stringing an acorn and a bead charm onto each necklace.
Making a solid perfume is super simple, but blending your own fragrance can add a bit of complexity. You may want to check out our fragrance blending tips.
For this, you’ll just need an equal combination of beeswax and a carrier oil. As with the roll-on fragrances, I prefer to use liquid coconut oil.
Since I was filling acorns, I wanted to create a woodsy fragrance, with maybe a touch of campfire. Here’s the blend that I came up with:
- 16 drops spruce
- 8 drops fir
- 6 drops cedarwood
- 4 drops orange
- 4 drops coriander
- 4 drops fossilized amber
To make the perfume, I warmed 1 Tbsp coconut oil + 1 Tbsp beeswax in a double boiler until the wax melted. I removed the mixture from the stove, added in the essential oil blend, and then poured the perfume into the acorns, keeping them open and upright until the perfume was completely cool.
With a quick trip to Michaels and the remaining ingredients on hand, this was such a quick and rewarding DIY!…. so quick that I made one for myself too 🙂