Self care | how to make an Incense Burner for aromatherapy.


In the spirit of creative self-care...

I thought it would be a super fun idea to create a DIY wooden incense burner, also known as an incense holder.  Let me start by saying that I LOOOVE incense for aromatherapy. I don't use aerosol sprays to make my home smell good because of the toxins. As a child, I would cough incessantly whenever I was in the presence of air fresheners. Nowadays, I boil cinnamon or burn scented soy candles, oils or incense to ignite my senses and transport me into my optimal state of being.  

Aromatherapy is a powerful tool for self-care and can be used as an anchor to induce myriad states of relaxation, clarity, joy, nostalgia, and more, with intention.  This, paired with the benefits of getting your hands dirty and creating art that is both meaningful and functional, makes for an enriching experience for the mind, body, and soul. This simple DIY craft will have you making your very own, customized, beautiful, wooden incense burners for a fraction of the cost.  Are you ready to dive in? Check out the steps below and be sure to watch the video tutorial on Youtube. 

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We begin by purchasing these oversized popsicle sticks. I found them at Walmart. That's right, 45 sticks come in this pack. I wasn't kidding when I said you could make these incense burners for a fraction of the cost! You can purchase a pack of 50 for only about $10 at the affilliate link below.


Next, you'll need to boil your popsicle sticks in a large pot for 1 hour. Be sure to set your timer- you don't want to burn these! Keep a lid on them until they're done. Yeah, you guessed it! Your kitchen will smell like you're cooking a delicious pot of...wood.


Use tongs to take the popsicle sticks out of the water and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes. Then, you'll need to bend one end of each popsicle stick upward. I put the bent end down in a small bowl and weighed it down with some caribbean beack rocks (also perfect for rock painting and can be purchased via the provided affilliate link) so that it could keep its form. See the video tutorial for clarity.

Allow them to drive for as long as possible. I let my sticks dry for about 1 hour, but they were still a bit damp. You can then drill a hole into the curved end of the popsicle stick using a jewelry drill. I had to use a skewer to make the hole a bit wider.


Next, I used matte and metallic acrylic craft paints to hand paint my wooden incense burners using teardrop shapes and geometric designs. You can purchase this collection of metallic craft paints and it will last for several incense burners, wall paintings, jewelry projects and other cool DIY Crafts. You have complete freedom to go nuts and be free here! Remember, there are 45-50 popsicle sticks- plenty of room for mistakes and masterpieces! Remember to have fun and enjoy the process. Match colors in your room. Paint scenery, if you're daring. Use artist tape to try out a resist painting technique.


In the end, enjoy the fruits of your labor by grabbing your favorite incense and inserting it into your handcrafted masterpiece. Unwind with the aromas of coconut, sage, vanilla, and the list goes on. What's your favorite scent?  Enjoy this fun and uplifting DIY craft and share your art on Instagram using #creativeselfcare



  • 1 pack of over-sized popsicle sticks
  • 1 large pot
  • 1 hand drill
  • Wooden skewer
  • Metallic acrylic craft paints
  • Paintbrushes and a palette