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How to Make an Insect Repellent Sachet for Free - Scrap Busting DIY
Have you ever known how to do something and forgot you knew it? I did.
Follow along to see how to make the easiest, toxin free, DIY insect repellent in under five minutes.
Best of all, it's free. Seriously, with a few scraps and things you most likely already have laying around the house, you can whip these up in a flash.
Not only do they repel bugs with no smelly fumes, no sticky residue, no endless worry over how it will affect pets and people, but they smell great.
Check it out.
I'm kicking myself for not thinking of this two months ago. We moved to the country. I've entered into a battle of the bugs ever since.
I don't want to use spray because hey, it's poison. If it kills living insects, chances are it's not too good for any living thing. Plus, I can't stand the smell. It give me a horrid headache.
I've known since I was a child cedar repels bugs.
Somewhere in the back of my mind that little gem of information must have gotten misfiled for I just snapped that I could fix this problem myself, fast. I just did it.
Mr. Vix got me the cedar chips out of the yard. I already had the napkins, ribbon and buttons so this ended up costing zero. Love it! This would make a fun project for the kids too. They could substitute coffee filters, doilies, mesh or any number of things for the napkins to personalize these cute, effective sachets.
This would be a good crafting activity to stimulate a discussion about insects, nature and science for parents, kids and teachers.
Here's how you can make these bug blasting sachets.
Image credits; Poetvix
Time required: Less than five minutes
- Cedar wood chips
- Paper napkin, mesh, coffee filter or doily
1. This is the easiest thing I ever did. I must be getting old having not thought of it before now. Gather materials. You need a napkin, cedar chips, scissors and ribbon.
2. Unfold the napkin face down.
3. Put some cedar chips in the middle. You could also add dried rose petals, honey suckle, pine needles, sage or any number of fragrant DIY potpourri. The ones listed other than roses are known to repel insects.
4. Cut a small length of ribbon. You will need to tie it so be sure it's long enough to not be awkward. You can always trim it up when done.
5. Gather the napkin around the chips and tie it off using the cut ribbon. Here, I strung the ribbon through a button first and then tied it.
6. Throw a few around the house, in a drawer, behind the garbage, under the bed, so forth and so on. Sit back and enjoy the fragrant aroma of fresh cedar while watching all the bugs haul their behinds somewhere that is else. :)
7. Here's one done with a coffee filter that I just stamped some stars on. Children would have a good time being productive making these for thank you gifts, their own rooms or just to learn about good household skills and frugal habits.