When you’ve got a big family, keeping your car smelling fresh, or even keeping odors out, can become a challenge! Call in your crafty kids to help make this homemade air freshener, perfect for stowing in the backseat to keep your ride – and your passengers – smelling fresh and clean.
What You Need:
- Optional: cookie cutters
- Fabric pieces
- Hole punch
- Aromatic essential oil (from herbal shops or natural grocery stores)
What You Do:
- Explain to your child that car air fresheners purchased in stores typically contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment, whereas homemade air fresheners are chemical-free.
- Let her use a cookie cutter to trace a shape with pencil on cardboard, or let her draw the shape freehand.
- Have her use scissors to cut out the shape from the cardboard.
- Let her trace the cardboard onto the backs of two pieces of fabric with a pencil, then can cut out the shapes.
- Next, she should align the fabric shapes to each side of the cardboard. She’ll use glue or a stapler to attach the fabric pieces to each side.
- Find a nice aromatic essential oil that you and your child like such as lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, or other.
- Let her put a few drops of the oil on each side of her fabric-covered cardboard. In case the fabric you chose is susceptible to stains, she may want to arrange drops in a design such as lights on a tree, spots on a butterfly or sparkles on a star. (Stains will most likely disappear after the oil completely dries.)
- Help her use the hole punch to make a hole for a ribbon tie, or staple it to one side of the freshener. Hang it from your car’s rear-view mirror and enjoy the fresh scent!