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DIY Essential Oil Rack

Hi, my name is Lexie and I am a lover of essential oils.

There, I said it.

In January I thought I'd delve into the world of the concentrated distilled plant essences. Thought I'd buy just a bottle or two ... and well, I got a little carried away, but in a good way. Five months later a sizeable collection of oils has taken up residence in our house—demanding their own little spot.

I know that some of you have your own collections of essential oils so thought I'd share this little DIY essential oil rack idea. Hung on the wall where I can see them and easily access them, I am more apt to use them.

"And what do you use them for?" you ask.

Well, it was in this issue of Autism Science Digest that I first read about essential oils and how they've helped kiddos on the spectrum. Two articles in the magazine suggested that essential oils can help detoxify as well has help with focus and hyperactivity. Being a mom who will try most anything to heal her boy, I thought I would give them a try. We are still experimenting and I don't have a definitive answer on how they are working for him, but I've been having a great time making my own household cleaners, lotions, and potions. I've even been using some of this brand's cilantro, lime, and lemon oil in my cooking—divine!

So if you are into essential oils or want to learn more, stay tuned because I will be sharing some fun EO recipes (food and otherwise) with you in the coming months.

An added bonus with this little rack is that though the rack only has three shelves, the dowels add three more—like stadium seating for your growing oil collection.

If you are interested in exploring the world of essential oils or would like to order Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® oils, contact me here and/or visit my DoTerra site.

DIY Distressed Essential Oil Rack How-To

You will need:

  • Spice Rack
  • Wood (square) dowels
  • Liquid Nails
  • Paint (sample size will do)
  • Sheet Fine Sand Paper
  • Paint Brush

The How-Tos: 

  1. Pick up an old spice rack—I got mine at Goodwill for $1.
  2. Head to Home Depot and buy a 1x1-inch square wood dowel(s) (is a dowel a dowel if it's square? Not sure what to call these)—enough length to fit the width of each shelf. Tip: The guys (or gals) at Home Depot are always happy to cut wood to the length you need. So if you don't have a saw, give them the exact measurements you need and ask them to do it for you.
  3. Give the spice rack a good sanding with fine sand paper. Give the dowels a gentle sanding.
  4. Grab the bottle of liquid nails and apply just enough to cover bottoms of cut dowels. Adhere flush to the back of the spice rack shelves. Let dry.
  5. Slap on some paint.
  6. When paint is almost dry, take your sand paper and scuff up the paint a bit for a distressed effect. 
  7. Voila! Done.


This rack fits most standard-size essential oil bottles (DoTerra, Young Living, etc). Before selecting your dowel size, however, I suggest measuring your spice rack shelf and then choosing a dowel width that would leave enough room for the width of the bottles.

Reader Comments (12)

Awesome, Lexie! I've been wanting to do something like this, and now I know how! :) Thanks!

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

This is a neat idea, but wher do you keep the rack, since the oils should be kept in a dark area?

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Kelly, I have found that I am going through my oils pretty quick, so this really isn't a huge concern for me. I had been keeping them in boxes, but found I just didn't use them when I had to dig them out (we are pretty minimalist in our furnishings and counter space is limited in our house so I chose to hang them). The rack is hung in our bedroom out of direct sunlight where the ambient temperature does not fluctuate much. I am not the first person to use an oil rack so I'm not going to sweat it. If you go through oils slowly or want to be extra careful, I would refrigerate your volatile oils like citrus and then hang the rack in a cool closet. Just a thought. xoLexie

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

This is so awesome! I would love to learn more about how essential oils can help. I am particularly interested in mood disorders.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoan connolly

Lexie, this is a really cute and inventive idea.
I love the fact that you took an old rack and refurbished it. What a great inexpensive idea. Plus you get to put to use something that might otherwise get thrown away!

Essential oils are such a wonderful thing! I would love to have a huge collection of them.

This is a great way to do that and not take up too much space.

Maybe I need to make two of these, one for each side of the fridge. I can use one as an actual spice rack and the other one for the essential oils.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElle

Ugh! I needed this idea...will be keeping an eye out for spice rack. My oils are EVERYWHERE and need a home of their own! Wonder if you could mount on the inside of a linen closet door...

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Thanks for the response Lexie! I don't go thru mine very quickly at this point, so they are in an opage container in my bathroom. I had looked for a neat way to store/display them a couple of years ago, but came up empty. Love this idea! Like someone else mentioned, it could be hung inside a closet door.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

You are amazing lady! I got into essential oils years ago when I experimented with making my own bath products. I've dropped it since, but you've renewed my interest! I'd never thought of using them in cooking, too. Do you think of them as extracts, essentially?

Alisa, yes, but because they are so very potent you only use a drop or two ... especially of the herbal oils like oregano, basil, rosemary, etc. I have found that you can be a bit more liberal with the citrus oils. Right now they have a special on spearmint, tangerine, dill, and basil and one other (some of these oils not sold individually) ... https://www.iact1.com/doterra/ShoppingCart/Shop.cfm?pid=322458756525216731


June 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterLexie

This is an amazing idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing xo

June 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElyssa

Actually, as the oils are in Amber colored bottles, they don't have to be kept in a dark area. At all. Now I wouldn't have them in DIRECT SUNLIGHT 24/7/365, but they'll be just fine on a wall wherever you decide to put them.

And I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! We use our doTerra oils constantly - and this is a great way to have them in each bathroom - kids' bathroom too!

Blessings to all,
Roxanne Benton

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne Benton

This is wonderful! Doing it!

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

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