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How to Make an Insect Repellent Sachet for Free - Scrap Busting DIY

Updated on July 29, 2014

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

Difficulty: easy

Cost: Free

Materials:

  • Cedar wood chips
  • Paper napkin, mesh, coffee filter or doily
  • Ribbon

Tools:

  • Scissors

Instructions:

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.

Do you like to DIY? What useful things do you like to make?

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ ologsinquito - It's the easiest thing you will ever do. I don't like chemicals either. While this does work really well, you have to change it out every few months. It's the smell in the cedar chips that does it and that fades over time. Lastly, cedar chips are highly flammable so be sure to keep them in drawers and away from things like heaters or heating elements, even curling irons and such. God bless and most happy crafting!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      I'm all for toxin-free insect repellent. This looks like a really good idea for next spring and summer.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      So simple!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @yayang0405 lm: Thank you for the read and comment. God bless and happy crafting!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: I hope so. They are helping around here. Right now, I'm trying to figure out how to keep the crickets from eating my basil in the garden. Go figure :)

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      yayang0405 lm 3 years ago

      Great information. Thanks for sharing.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I love DUI and have been doing more of it lately. We have so many bugs and insects here. This will really help.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @sha-ron: Super simple. Sometimes I think the best ones are just that, simple. Thanks bunches and God bless you.

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      sha-ron 3 years ago

      sounds like a great and simple idea

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Zodiacimmortal: I read recently lavender repels ticks. Loving the tip about the Marigolds. I bet that would smell great together. Thank you! Blessings and most happy crafting.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Thanks for this interesting lens.

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      You might also want to include Basil (which I think is to repel ants) & Marigolds I'm told repel mosquitos and I think Lavender or cinnamon works to keep others away jsut can't remember what

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @BestRatedStuff: Thank you very much. :) Blessings and most happy crafting.

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      BestRatedStuff 3 years ago

      This idea is brilliant, and I like the smell of cedar too.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @julieannbrady: LOL me too because my whole house smells like cedar. I have the sliding glass door open now. For the first time in two months, nothing is trying to fly in :). I love it! God bless and most happy squidding.

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      I love the smell of cedar ... good thing I'm not a bug, eh? ;)