How to Make Smelly Jellies
Around our house, we are always looking for gift ideas for teachers, babysitters,Sunday school teachers etc. Gifts, generally from my children, and due to the number that need to be given out...inexpensive gifts.
We love the idea of handmade gifts, and me being who I am-I love things that have scent attached with them.
I am a soapmaker, among other things, so I have almost every essential oil known to man in my home. My collection of fragrance oils is nothing to sneeze at either. So we love "smelly stuff".
One sinfully easy gift that you can make with kids, that is SO much fun is SMELLY JELLIES.
It sort of reminds me of those little toys that you got as kids. The little bugs or dinosaurs that were hard and small---but then you soaked them overnight in water---and Walla! Magically you had a very large soft bug or dino in the morning.
With Smelly Jellies, you take only a tiny bit of the water crystals to what seems like a bunch of water and fragrance...and you end up with these lovely gel crystals that have soaked up all that water. It seems like a miracle. They are beautiful, fragrant, and fun. Kids get a kick out of it and so do adults.
They are functional also---nice air fresheners. I choose to use essential oils, I just feel they are a more natural choice that keeps my indoor air fresh...without extra chemicals.
To make your Smelly Jellies...aka Gel Scents...aka Smelly Gels
For a small batch:
1 cup (8 ounces) Distilled Water
1/2 teaspoon Smelly Jelly Water Crystals (or Soil Moist-Hydrosoil etc)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil
For Large Batch:
2 cups (16 ounces) Distilled Water
1 teaspoon Smelly Jelly Water Crystals
1 to 2 teaspoons Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil
To either batch:
Optional (but pretty!): Food Coloring. Add as desired
A pinch of salt-Gives a small amount of preservation.
I recommend doing a small "test batch" first. Some essential oils/fragrance oils don't work as well as others, and will have "issues" as one manufacturer of the crystals put it. I have not run into any as yet...but I would encourage the smaller batch as a test when you are trying a new fragrance.
Add ingredients together and stir. It will look like there is no way the crystals will soak up ALL that water.
Allow to sit for several hours....Then like magic-- the crystals WILL soak up the fragrance, color and water, and you will have little gel chunks. They are pretty and they smell great.
They look nice in small home canning jelly jars with lace over the top where the lid would be, then screw on the ring. Tie on some raffia or a pretty ribbon....smells great...looks great.. It is a very nice give to give.
One note on the crystals. Many crafts stores carry these, under many names. Crystal Ice is one. You can find them online also-I will provide the link. You can also use the soil additive crystals you may find in greenhouse and plant departments also. I did provide some of the brand names above.
This is a very thrifty and fun gift to give, or a nice accent for your own home. Either way, have a fun time making them, we do!
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