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How to Make Smelly Jellies

Updated on November 29, 2007

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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      canning jelly  

      8 years ago

      what a very great idea...i will make one!

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      homemade canning 

      8 years ago

      wow i love jams..thank you

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      10 years ago

      I think the name "Scented Gels" is much more fitting and doesn't sound like something you made in 6th grade to annoy your friends.

    • Michele Engholm profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Engholm 

      10 years ago from Hutchinson

      Hey Jimmy...You could do a web search --you will come up with a bunch of suppliers. There are many that will sell an ounce or less. Keep in mind, that you would get not quite 6 tsp in an ounce of fragrance oil or essential oil. They are sold by weight not volume as a rule.....You may find them in your local craft store or health food store also. I hope that helps you out ..... Michele

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      10 years ago

      Jimmy wants to make smelly jellies, but Jimmy is having problems finding 1 to 2 teaspoons Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil. Could Jimmy have some help on finding this?

    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great exciting looking hub. I thought it was to eat too. although this looks like a much better idea. Thanks.

    • Michele Engholm profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Engholm 

      11 years ago from Hutchinson

      Hi Ponnu...I know they look good enough to eat...but they are not for eating just for sniffing : ) Thanks for reading...

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      11 years ago from Mumbai

      this is a mouth watering hub

    • Michele Engholm profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Engholm 

      11 years ago from Hutchinson

      You are so welcome! My kids and I made these again today. The house smells great! Plus...we had a good time! Thanks again for the kind words!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      11 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Michele! This is so cool! I'm going to check tomorrow if those crystals are available here and then my granddaughters and I are in for a great time.

      Thanks a bunch

      great HUB

    • MrMarmalade profile image


      11 years ago from Sydney

      Gee For a moment I thought you were talking about something you can eat.

      Now i have read you Hub i like this idea even better.

      Thank you


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