Ginger Snap Crafts: monster monday {halloween smelly jellies}

monster monday {halloween smelly jellies}

Smelly Jellies
Today I'm going to show you how to makes these Halloween inspired Smelly Jellies.
{Really these could be made just for fun or for any holiday...Christmas is coming up, too!}
If you have never heard of a Smelly've been missing out! 
They are super easy to make, & they smell so good! 
You can just set the jars out or you can use the the jelly
in a potpourri warmer for a stronger fragrance. :)
What you'll need:
*water crystals
glass containers
fragrance oil
food coloring
*You can find water crystals on ebay for super cheap or try a local candle making supply company.  When I lived in Ft. Worth, Texas I always got mine from Lone Star Candle Supply.
Here’s how I made mine:
I thought it would be fun to decorate my jars for Halloween
I cut out some spooky Halloween vinyl using my Silhouette & clip art. 
If you don't have a have a vinyl cutter don't worry. 
You could use stickers or paint pens to decorate your jars. 
I've also just left them plain in the past.  Either way will do. :)
You'll fill your jar with about 12 oz. of water.  Add 2 teaspoons of water crystals,
and then add 1 to 2 teaspoons of fragrance oil to your water.
{The more fragrance you add the stronger the smell.}
Add food coloring.  Then stir.
I always just use a popsicle stick to stir
so I can just toss it out when I'm done.
Now set your jars aside for an hour or two.
The water crystals will absorb the water, fragrance & color & expand...they'll get huge.
Soon your jars will look like this!  (In this one I actually layered some of my water crystals after they expanded.  I put stripes of orange & yellow.  Thought it made it look like candy corn!)
Then you can just add some
fun Halloween fabric cut in a circle
to the top with just the ring of your jar.
There you go!  Some fun, colorful
Halloween decorations that smell sooooo good!



  1. I love this idea, and too cute!


  2. These are so cool Ginger! Thanks for sharing them at my What's In The Gunny Sack? link party! Where do you get your fragrance oil? Is is specifically made for making candles?

  3. I love these! Will have to try them sometime.

  4. The fragrance oil is from Hobby's the same stuff used for making candles. :)

  5. These are so cute! And look super easy to make! I'll have to try it out.

    If Work Permits

  6. Adorable! What a fun idea! You are so creative!

  7. These are great! I have been looking for a fun Halloween craft to give as gifts. These will work perfectly. Thanks!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing. I have always wondered how these were made. I need to make some just for every day use. Hopefully I will be able to hunt down some of the water crystals.

  9. THANKS Ginger, gonna order some right now!!!

  10. Hello my friend just wanted to give you a heads up that I gave you a shout out in the lastest frog post.
    LOVE YA!

  11. These are adorable! I've been looking for diy room fresheners and I LOVE this one! Thank you for sharing. :)

  12. What fun craft idea. Looks like a perfect solution for wanting a pretty smelly something-something in a place that a candle would not work like a bathroom (unattened). I pinned this too!

  13. I am your newest follower!! I love your blog!
    These are so cute!! I have never heard of smelly jellies. I might have to try it out! Thanks for the idea!

  14. Love it! Please post this, and anything else you may have,in my link party at



  15. Hi Ginger! LOVE your blog!! You are so creative!! I am now your newest follower; and I hope you will follow me, too! Blessings to you!

  16. Ginger, that is a brilliant idea!! I love it and will be making some soon! What great little Christmas gifts!

  17. oh wow, how awesome. I'd love to try this out as a christmas gift. I'm not sure I'd have enough time to do it for Halloween.


  18. This is such a great idea and you could change it up seasonally - I love ideas that work all year long! I'd love for you to link this, and any other projects you'd like, to my party:

  19. I definitely want to try this. What a fabulous idea! I would love for you to share with Blog Stalking Thursday at

  20. I have NEVER seen that before! So awesome!! I love it!! Thanks for sharing it at the Crazy Cute party! :D

  21. super cute! i've never seen the crystals, but i have seen the water beads (they look like round little balls) used as a floral filler....i would have never thought of adding a scent or food coloring them!!! very neat!

  22. Ha ha! Smelly jellies... I can't stop laughing. Cute idea!

  23. Very cute and smart! Great idea!

  24. I wanted to let you know that I am featuring these jellies today!

  25. That is to cute. Thanks for sharing.


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