Smelly Jelly Recipes and Fabric Covers

Use Your Fabric Scraps to Cover Smelly Jelly

I first started working with water crystals to make neck cooling scarves. Since then I discovered that smelly jelly is a great way to eliminate throwing away plastic air freshener containers and have the scents I want in my house. By making my own smelly jelly in jars that would have gone in recycling, or canning jars and then covering them with ​fabric canning jar covers, I can keep an air freshener for a long time, use up fabric scraps and not put more plastic in the landfill! One of my smelly...MORE jellies made with water crystals is almost five years old now and by adding water it still offers a great scent.

Please note that unlike candles, Smelly Jelly is not designed to be burned like candles even if a candle supply company offers a recipe!

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    Hub Pages - How to Make Smelly Jelly
    Hub Pages - How to Make Smelly Jelly. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    A small and a large batch recipe are included on this site, as well as a personal take on the recipes and how to use them. Read the entire page so you don't miss any tips or pointers.

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    Watersorb Website
    Water Crystals for Arts and Crafts. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This craft page will have you arranging flowers differently in the future as well as enjoying a smelly jelly recipe that uses water crystals. They also offer beautiful photos of different ways to display your smelly jelly but if you have small children be sure to keep them out of their reach!

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    Make Your Own Gel Air Freshener (Smelly Jelly) or Scented Pine Cones
    Make Your Own Gel Air Freshener (Smelly Jelly) or Scented Pine Cones. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This site offers you two different smelly jelly recipes that both use gelatin rather than water crystals. Be sure to read all of the information provided because it's packed with information and tips!

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    Nature's Garden Wholesale Candle and Soap Supplies
    Nature's Garden Wholesale Candle and Soap Supplies. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This recipe uses soap making supplies but seems like a simple direct method to make smelly jelly using water crystals.

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    crystals.us
    crystals.us. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Water crystals offer another simple recipe for making your own smelly jelly using water crystals. Two other recipes are offered on the same page, one for a dog bed and one for cool-down ties.

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    DIY Gel Air Freshener: {Smelly Jelly Recipes}
    DIY Gel Air Freshener: {Smelly Jelly Recipes}. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This recipe uses unflavored gelatin to make a gel air freshener. The tips that are offered will create a layered smelly jelly and are worth taking the time to read through.

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    eHow - How to Make Smelly Jelly Air Freshner
    eHow - How to Make Smelly Jelly Air Freshner. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This very detailed set of instructions is much like the others but each recipe offers a bit more information and tips.

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    Instructables - Homemeade Air Freshner Gel
    Instructables - Homemeade Air Freshner Gel. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    You'll stop buying air fresheners when you see this recipe and how it's made with easy to obtain supplies. Fabric canning jar covers will dress these up very nicely.

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    Cierra Candle Smelly Jelly Recipe
    Cierra Candle Smelly Jelly Recipe. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This site offers a great recipe and links to all of the supplies that are sold on their site.  Their information about why you should use distilled water is enlightening.

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    Lone Star Candle Supply - Smelly Jelly Recipe
    Lone Star Candle Supply - Smelly Jelly Recipe. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This is a simple to follow recipe with links to the supplies that Lone Star Candle Supply offers for sale but still uses many items that you may have in your kitchen cabinets.

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    Recipe Goldmine - Smelly Jelly
    Recipe Goldmine - Smelly Jelly. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This super simple recipe used gelatin rather than water crystals and suggests covering the finished product so fabric jar covers are a perfect compliment.

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    Southwest Candle Smelly Jelly Crystals and Recipe
    Southwest Candle Smelly Jelly Crystals and Recipe. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This site's focus is selling their crystals which appear bigger than those I have bought in garden centers so they would make a very pretty smelly jelly. The recipe is a super simple condensed recipe that is easy to follow.