Here’s a nifty way to freshen your rooms with a long-lasting fragrance that can be customized in a variety of ways: color, scent and size.
One great feature about these is that no heavy, chemical-laden perfumes are used so if you have allergies to commercial products because of the fragrances used, give these a try!
Since there’s no open flame involved, they are safe to place anywhere (work, vehicles, campers, etc.).
All types of attractive glass pots can be used for an extra decorative effect but make sure to select one that can handle the heat as the mixture is being poured.
Recipes & Instructions
2 cups water
4 packages Gelatin (plain)
15 to 20 drops Essential Oil (adjust to personal preference)
1 to 2 TBS salt
- In a small pot, mix 1 cup water, essential oil and food coloring. As soon as it starts to boil, remove from heat.
- Completely dissolve gelatin and salt in the hot water then add the other cup of water (cold)–stir well but do this gently so it doesn’t foam.
- Pour the liquid into jars and set aside for a couple days before using so the gelatin has a chance to completely set (you can refrigerate to speed up the process). Once fully cooled, cover with lids that have a few holes punched in them to allow fragrance to escape.
The salt in this recipe is used to help combat mold, please make sure to add it.
- Follow the recipe above but substitute the water and the essential oil with 2 cups of concentrated liquid potpourri. Proceed as directed above by heating 1 cup first with the food coloring, remove from heat, dissolve the gelatin and salt then add the other cup.
Homemade Super Smelly Jelly
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1 pkg of 4-serving jelly powder (ie. box of instant Jello)
- 1 Tbsp. vodka
- 1/4 tsp dish soap
- Essential Oil or Fragrance
Combine & set in a jar with holes poked in the top covering (the new mason lids that are out with a daisy/floral cutout are ideal for this). The vodka is to help prevent the jelly become moldy so don’t skip it.
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- Add embellishments (embedded items) similar to the gel candles embedded items ideas (listed at the bottom of the page). Items such as glass marbles, gem stones, crystals, charms and other miscellaneous trinkets can look quite nice if done minimally.
- You can layer the colors, simply allow one color to set completely for a few days before pouring the next layer of color. Especially impressive when using clear glass pots.
- Make sure these are completely clean and dry before pouring in the hot liquid.
- You could cover the top opening with lace, mesh or netting instead of lids. Tie decoratively with ribbons, raffia, whatever you fancy.
- Look for small vases for a lovely display. Select those with a thicker glass and can handle the hot liquid being poured into them. You’ll want one with a large enough opening that the fragrance has room to escape.
- Because of the essential oils involved, arrange these out of reach for small children and pets.
- Containers can be used over and over again! When the scent has gone and you’re ready for an upgrade, simply scoop out the stale contents, wash with hot soapy water and dry well. Now you’re ready for a fresh new batch!
- To avoid potential burns during pouring, avoid using delicate glass containers. Any heat proof variety will do such as jam, jelly and mason jars or even baby food jars can be used.