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diy project: halligan’s handmade air freshener

by Grace Bonney

I am a daily commuter and spend a lot of time in a car. Here is the perfect alternative to the everyday air freshener that uses all natural dried lavender. If you are lucky enough to not have to travel by car on the daily, this project would also put a woodland spin on a drawer sachet. Happy sniffing. –Halligan

CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!


-wool fabric
-needle and thread
-fabric marker or pencil
-2.5 inches of thin ribbon of choice
-15 inches of ribbon of choice
-dried lavender
-printed template (CLICK HERE to download the template!)



-wool felt
-needle and thread
-fabric marker or pencil
-15 inches of ribbon of choice
-dried lavender
-printed template
-fabric glue
-hot glue gun
-hole punch


2 Cut out the acorn top and bottom paper templates. Lay paper shapes on two layers of fabric and trace with fabric marker. Cut out shapes.

3 Line up shapes and sew edges using a blanket stitch leaving the top of the acorn base, the bottom of the acorn hat, and the tip of the acorn hat unstitched and open.

4 Sew open edges of acorn hat with a blanket stitch.

5 String ribbon through tip of acorn hat and sew two stitches to secure

6 Fill base of acorn with lavender

7 Put a line of glue along edge of acorn bottom

8 Insert into acorn hat and press. You can stop here OR you can decorate more!

BONUS steps:

9 Hole punch felt dots or shapes and glue onto acorn hat to decorate.

10 Cut a 9×1 inch strip of felt, fold, and sew along edge to create ruffle, then hot glue onto bottom line of acorn hat.

(here is a video link that shows how to make a blanket stitch….you may need to watch on mute..ha.)

xo, H

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  • I am going to have to make one of these for my car… I’m in it way too much and I hate the way the store bought tree ones look. Great accessory for gifts too. Tie on onto the present for an added touch.

  • What a wonderful DIY! The gas station fresheners are so toxic smelling….
    Perfect accessory to tie onto the outside of Christmas gifts as well!

  • It’s Great! Better than the real thing! Now all you need is to stamp a white bar with drop out type noting “Car-Freshener” and “Little Tree”!!

  • This is really cute, but don’t let the real air freshener company, Little Trees, hear about it. They’re super-protective and litigious. Just google “trademark little trees” and see what I mean. I like this, I’m just saying.

  • Great DIY! This can be done with any shape. It’ll be a good idea to make it like a pouch with a snap or a button to replace the filling once in a while.

  • what an adorable idea! any thoughts for other scents that might work well..? just a personal aversion to lavender (don’t shoot me).. :)

  • So cute! I’m making one this weekend!

    Hannah : I’m not a fan of Lavender either. I thought maybe I’d go check out my natural store to see what they have. My husband loves the smell of dried sage and I have tons at home, but I hate it… :-(

    Merci encore pour la bonne idée!

  • Hey Hannah and Safou! I think rosemary would smell amazing too. And fit the tree shape. xo

  • A moth expert once told me that lavender works as well as moth balls so these will protect your woolens as well.

  • dear D*S,

    thank you for your inspiration. it always gets me out of a rut. i plan on making one of those lovely smelling deals.

  • very sweet! any ideas for alternatives to lavender? my loved one feels ill when he smells it as his folks used to give it to him when he was ill as a youngster.

  • I made a couple with lavender and rose petals, but I found the smell too light to perfume the car. So I just bought aroma beads that I’m going to infuse with essential oils, I’ll let you know how it turns out!
    ps: I LOVE D*S, I visit your site daily!

  • Another use for the dried lavender I bought :) It is my favorite scent and I was going to just hang a sprig from my car mirror, but these seems like a much, much better idea!

    • jena

      what happens when you click the link? it’s a large file so it may take a moment this load. i opened it on a few diff. browsers this morning to test and it worked ok for me.


  • This is what it says when I click on the template:

    The page you tried to access does not exist on this server. This page may not exist due to the following reasons:

    1. You are the owner of this web site and you have not uploaded (or incorrectly uploaded) your web site. For information on uploading your web site using FTP client software or web design software, click here for FTP Upload Information.

    2. The URL that you have entered in your browser is incorrect. Please re-enter the URL and try again.

    3. The Link that you clicked on incorrectly points to this page. Please contact the owner of this web site to inform them of this situation.

    I am using safari and firefox when trying to open it. Any ideas?


  • that’s adorable.. :)
    by the way, i’ve been searching for puncher for felt… where did you find that hole puncher?

  • Bummer! No template. I tried Google Chrome and Safari but on both browsers I got: 404 (Page Not Found) Error

    If you’re the site owner, one of two things happened:

    1) You entered an incorrect URL into your browser’s address bar, or
    2) You haven’t uploaded content.
    If you’re a visitor and not sure what happened:

    1) You entered or copied the URL incorrectly or
    2) The link you used to get here is faulty.
    (It’s an excellent idea to let the link owner know.)

  • Hi,I make these on a Felting Machine,Flowers,Bugs,Fruit,Making little Quilt Blocks or cute.Best part No Sewing.Try it.Have a Great Day,From Michigan!

  • Cute idea, i will take it a step further. I will create one with different flowers. Great to attach to a gift package.Felting is catching on. Love it in Louisiana.
    Crawfish country.

  • Thank you Grace – it now works – will get to making some of these for Easter Gifts – Thank You for the idea! Keep up the good work!

  • Can we use any other fabric other than wool? Would it work on other materials as well?

  • I can not open the file for the template for this air freshner. I have tried several times and can’t get it to open

    • margaret

      what browser are you using? IE doesn’t play well with wordpress so if you’re using that i would suggest trying with firefox or chrome.


  • I found it hard to download pattern because pages were too far to the right. I also had no luck with template. Hope you can help. Thanks Nancy

  • Grace, Wonderful idea, I already have plans to make a bunch, with different shapes. Thought a Ladybug would be cute. But my question is can I do this with other fabrics or only with felt?

    Thankyou Karna

  • Think this is a fantastic unisex idea. Think I might put cracked whole cloves or broken cinnamon sticks for that Holiday feeling since it is coming soon. As for any trademark infringements – if you are not retailing; no issue and this is a sachet in my opinion so that doesn’t even come into play.

  • I love it I made myself a gingerbread man one but was looking for something a little manly for my husband .

  • Love it I have just made a gingerbread one for my car, hate the bought one’s dont last and dont look as good, but was looking for something a little manly for my husband, love it .x

  • I agree this is an adorable idea and opens itself up to many possibilities. Thanks for sharing.