Saturday, July 7, 2012

DIY: Kitty Car Freshener

A few months ago I got my first car (with a little help from mom n' pops; thanks!). I got those little packs of trees to keep my car fresh, but they only last a week or so each....And I'm not too fond of having to keep buying more. So here's my little kitty for my car!

everything you could possibly need for this project


  • Felt
  • ribbon
  • liquid stitch/fabric glue
  • essential oil
  • scissors
  • chalk
  • pins

my choice of scents

You can also use...

  • any scrap fabric (if it's thin, use cardboard in the middle to hold it's shape)
  • perfume
  • cologne
  • body spray
  • fabreeze
  • needle and thread
  • glue gun
  • elastic (instead of ribbon)

On to the kitty cat!

For the kitty, I first layered two pieces of felt. I kept them together until all of my pieces were cut out. I traced a 4'' diameter circle using a ribbon spool. Then I added the ears. Pinned it together, and snip!

For the face, I cut out two circles for eyes, two triangles for the inside of the ears, a smaller triangle for the nose, six skinny rectangles for whiskers, and a "3" shape for the mouth. All the pieces were still doubled, so I had a set in pink and a set in blue.

Using the liquid stitch, I glued the two kitty head pieces together, and then glued the face on using the opposite color set. Once the glue is dry, I cut a slit big enough to string the ribbon through (18" to 24" will do) After that, I used roughly 20 drops of essential oil on each side. That's it! ready to hang!

I named my car Freddie :3

These photos were taken right after I dowsed it in essential oil, so you can still see the drops. They disappeared after a couple of hours, but the scent was just as strong. Now every time I open my door, I get a whiff of tangerine and lychee, *yummmmm* It's been about a week and a half so far and the scent has yet to fade. I'll report back when I have to add some more essential oil.

The best part about it is you can use scraps and don't have to buy a thing! Even if you do want to splurge, it'd run you about $3 for materials, and anywhere from $5 to $15 for the essential oil. Also, I love that this is reusable!

I think I might make a Green Lantern logo for my brother, and maybe Jake for myself. Let me know if you try this out! I'd love to see :D


Today, August 17th I finally had to re-saturate my kitty. That's a total of 52 days of tangerine goodness in my car! The freshener shows no signs of wear or melting. :)



  1. So cute...:)) I like it too much. I may try to make this for my car..:))
    Thank you very much..
    Best wishes..:))

  2. So cute! i've never thought of that. Thanks for the idea.
    Thanks for linking up with us this weekend during SASS!

    1. It was fun! also my first blog hop :O)

  3. Super cute! I'll have to make one of these. Do you know if it will come apart with super hot sun?

    1. Maybe if you use a glue gun it might. I used fabric glue; it's been two weeks and has survived 2 heat waves and a heat advisory (it's been nothing but 80's - 100's over here :S) I haven't noticed any separation at all. If I do at some point I'll post an edit on the blog post! :) and it still smells good too :3

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  6. this is too cool!


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