I’m a minivan mom…and I LOVE it! When I was pregnant with my third and we started talking about getting a bigger vehicle, I had friends say, “Ugh. I never want a van. I’d much rather have an SUV.” Well, I get it. Kinda. SUV’s are much cooler looking vehicles, but I don’t get it because minivans are so much more practical! I love the automatic sliding doors on each side. I love that it is lower to the ground so the kiddos don’t have as much trouble climbing up. I love the amount of space, the window shades, etc. Anyway, I really appreciate our van….we have a Honda Odyssey, by the way. Mini van = Mega fun! *This is solely my humble opinion, so please don’t be offended. I love SUV drivers too. 😉
That is all beside the point. What I’m trying to get to is that we have a lot of people in one vehicle and a couple of them still poop their pants, so our vehicle doesn’t always smell the best. In fact, quite often, it stinks.
There, I said it. We stink. My nose is kinda used to it, but every time Jason gets in the van, he mentions that it smells like poop. LOVELY! I was tired of buying air fresheners so I needed to come up with a cheaper option.
Introducing the easiest and cheapest DIY ever! Check it out.
What You Need:
Wooden Clothes Pin
Favorite Essential Oil
Hot Glue Gun
Fabric Scissors (and/or Pinking Shears)
First, you want to make your felt flowers. There are a lot of different ways you can do this, but I’m going to show you the most basic. Cut out a circle from your piece of felt that is a little bigger than your palm. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Then start on the outside of the circle and cut it into a spiral.
Next, start on the outside edge and roll the spiral into a flower shape. You may have to do this a couple times until you get the flower look you like. Then glue the flower together on the bottom so it holds and either cover the messy glued bottom with the very center of the spiral or cut an extra little piece of felt to cover it. Two of these flowers are the perfect amount for the end of a clothes pin.
I also cut out a simple leaf shape to go on mine, but that is optional. Figure out how you want to arrange them on the end of the clothes pin and then hot glue them all down. Add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil or oil blend into the center of the flowers.
And then lastly, of course, clip it on to your center car (or minivan) vent! Reapply essential oil as needed (probably about once a week).
Now when we open the door to the van, we get a nice lavender scent. More lavender and less poop smell….I call that a win! So if you have a vehicle that needs a little refreshing, make these and then stop and smell the roses.