Five Minute Essential Oil Burner




An essential oil burner (air freshener) made from a tin can.

One small tin can (I used a Vienna Sausage can)
Tea Candle
Essential oil of your choice

Good scissors, tin snips, or other cutting device
Can opener that opens cans from the side

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Step 1: Get a Can

Look through the pantry and get the smallest can of whatever. Eat whatever is in the can. Waste not, and all that. Okay, take the label off.

Step 2: Open the Can

Using a can opener that cuts from the side (this is important), open the can.

Step 3: Cut

Cut a triangle opening on one side of the can. This allows for oxygen to reach the flame. Your can will have a sticky stripe of glue from the label (or a vertical line of label that did not peel off). Cut your triangle so that you cut this part off.

You could get all fancy here and cut stars and happy faces and pirates (whatever you fancy) into the can. I didn't. I just wanted my bathroom to smell better.

Step 4: Light It

Put your tea candle into the can. Light it. Put the top of the can back on. Drop a couple drops of essential oil onto the top of the can (the oil will accumulate in the lowest part of the lid. This is fine, regardless of where the lowest point is.)

That's it.

Caution: Hot things are hot, be careful.

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    9 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 4


    now I know what to do with all them cans I have left over....and I have about 200 of them every month. :)

    I can have 3 or 4 of these in every room....then maybe I can make $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ off of these....coarse you'll get your cut for being the designer/engineer. :P


    9 years ago on Step 4

    hey cool idea! but a couple of suggestions if I may :)

    Why not use a coke can as the bottom is already depressed so could hold more of the essential oil / transport medium fluids...

    Sand off the paint, remove the top, add the slits for air circulation. Making it quite short for stability (only has to be as high as the flame + a bit more)

    nice idea though!! I shall be tinkering around with some ideas this next weekend! :)

    2 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    ever tried cutting a coca-cola can?? soda pop cans are too thin, & therefor wear out too fast....

    plus, a fruit or vegetable can is thicker & more fire resistant(will not warp as fast as a coke can will IF the veggie can will even warp at all....


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 4

    I've been using the same penny stove made out of a coke can for months doesn't wear out or warp. but it is hard to cut without mangling it. check out the pinny stove instructables they found a good way to cut it straight all the way around.


    7 years ago on Introduction


    He/she is trying to cover his/her 6(CTA)... 8)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Love this idea! I needed a cheap, quick aromatherapy solution and already had nice scented oil, so I gave this a shot. I considered Freke81's soda can idea but decided I didn't want to have to sand it to make it look decent. I used an 8 oz tomato sauce can and it worked great. It took mere minutes and now my room is smelling great and I am relaxed. Thanks!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice work - simple but effective. Without needing to dilute the oil, you get an immediate effect, and the trend in the 'homemade' look allows for a little funky decoration... I've seen similar products actually in homewares stores, with little refinements, but basically the same idea - and minimalist appeal is still so big these days in home decor.