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What do Incense Burners do? (Quick Guide to Make Your Own)

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Written by: Tina Caro

When burning incense, it is very important to have a good incense burner with you! Why? This article will teach us much more about incense burners and even how to create one on your own! Let’s jump right in!


Incense burners, also known as incense holders, have several key functions.

They provide a safe and designated space for burning incense, preventing ashes from falling and causing damage.

Many come in decorative styles to enhance room ambiance.

They facilitate proper incense burning with features like holders and ash-catching trays.

Some burners offer storage for extra incense and play a role in rituals or ceremonies, making them a practical and aesthetically pleasing accessory for incense enthusiasts.

What do incense burners do?

Incense burners are the perfect tools to rely on when burning incenses to make it a safe and relaxed experience. To enjoy the many benefits of incense, you have to let it burn completely. An incense burner can help you do so safely. You can relax, meditate, cast spells, do a tarot reading and so much more with incense burning when it is in a holder!

I want to cleanse my space with incense, do I still need an incense burner?

It depends! If you want to do a “manual” cleansing, going to each corner of your house or passing the incense around an object to cleanse it, there are a few considerations for you to keep in mind:

  1. Are you going to use incense sticks? If the answer is yes, you can pass the sticks all over the place with your hands without an incense burner.
  2. If you use incense in grains, you can use an incense burner to let the grains burn naturally and safely.

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DIY Project: How to make your own incense burners with just a few ingredients!

If you were looking for a cheap, homemade incense burner, here you will find two great ideas that are easy to make. They’re perfect for if you need an incense burner and work great as gifts too. It will take less than 5 minutes and the result is really beautiful.

Both styles of burner will help keep negative energies away. If you don’t have glass bowls, you can use any other container you have at home: I really like the cleanliness and simplicity of the glass.

These are two simple ideas, but you can customize them as you see fit. You can use wooden support instead of the shell, for example, or use other types of beads, instead of the glass container you can use a ceramic one. Or use stones instead of coarse salt.

There is no fixed rule for making an incense burner.

Shell-style incense burner

This is perfect for those of you that love beachy vibes.

You can use any sized shell. All you have to do is glue the plastic bead inside the shell. Orientate the bead hole at an angle of approximately 45 degrees. The bead hole will be what we use to hold the incense as it burns. If you use a smaller shell, position the bead so that the ashes of the incense fall inside the shell.

You can now light your incense and let it burn and release its fantastic aroma throughout the house.

Incense burner with salt or crystals

The easiest DIY incense burner looks like this:

my incense burner by Tina Caro Magickal Spot
Copyright: Tina Caro

You can turn any bowl or container into an incense burner like mine. Simply put an adequate amount of course salt or crystals. The quantity will naturally depend on the size of your bowl. In any case, it will have to be enough to hold your incense stick upright. You can use whichever crystals you want!

I used amethyst, clear quartz, and pink quartz as I wanted to find balance in my emotional life and I wished to enhance my intuition a little bit more!


Place the incense burner in your meditation corner and you’re done! Enjoy its aroma. Otherwise, you can give it as a gift, perhaps creating a small gift box with salt, incense sticks, and maybe some crystals to decorate it.

I don’t want to create an incense burner myself, any advice on how to choose the right one?

Choose any that you like! If you are going to use it for your witchy practice or for a relaxing meditation, having a cool incense burner can help you stay motivated and feel at ease during your practice!

You can find many styles of burners online! The most important thing is that the incense burner you will buy is made in non-flammable, high-quality material to ensure you burn your incense safely.

Here’s How to Extinguish Incense – the Right Way (DIY Guide)

A safe experience

Incense burners are so good and also so beautiful to look at! But how to have a safe and stress-free experience with these amazing tools? Here are a few rules to follow!

  • Never leave incense burner unattended.
  • Never leave the incense burner near flammable materials.
  • Do not place your incense burner on heat-sensitive surfaces.
  • Always keep windows open and ventilate during use. This is for your own health but also because incense smoke can stain the walls of unventilated rooms yellow.
  • Even if incenses are non-toxic, natural, or just resins, they always produce smoke during combustion. Avoid inhaling directly, as the smoke is definitely not suitable for breathing and always contains substances that are not suitable for the body.
Tina Caro

Tina Caro is a witch with more than 10 years of experience, a yogi, an astrologer, and a passionate supporter of all things holistic! She’s also an owner of the website Magickal Spot where she discusses a variety of her favorite topics.

Magickal Spot has helped thousands of readers worldwide, and she’s personally worked with hundreds of clients and helped them manifest desires to have a happier and more abundant life.

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