Instead of an over priced candle why not make your own home scenting gift this year? Aroma beads are small plastic balls that absorb and disperse fragrance. They’re fool proof and easy to make. You can display them in small organza bags or in these pretty mason jars with decorative lids.
- 4 oz. Mason Jarwith 2 piece lid
- Decorative Mason Jar Lid Inserts
- Organza fabric
- Hot glue gun
- Aroma Beads*
- Fragrance Oil*
- Wax Dye*
- Glass jar with tight lid (from the recycle bin)
* I buy my fragrances, dye and aroma beads from Natures Garden Candles you can find some stuff in craft stores but it’s usually low quality and very expensive. My absolute favorite scent from NG is Country Bumpkin but Napa Valley Harvest is a close second
Safety Warning: Fragrance oils are very strong and can be irritation. Wear gloves when handling them and be very careful to clean up spills immediately. Fragrance oil will damage wood, some plastics and some fabrics so be careful where you set the beads (they are fine in glass)
Instructions (amounts are per 4 oz. jar):
- Measure 1/2 cup of aroma beads into your pickle jar
- Pour in 2 tablespoons of fragrance oil and a few drops of wax dye (food coloring will not work)
- Put the lid on tightly and shake to distribute the oil and dye
- Let the beads sit for 1-3 days, shaking twice a day until the oil is all absorbed. Different fragrances will absorb differently so you might need more beads if they don’t suck it up completely
- Apply hot glue to the fancy mason jar lid, avoid the lip where the lid will sit on the jar. I just did five little dots, you just want the fabric to keep the beads from escaping the holes in the lid
- Press the hot glued lid onto a piece of organza fabric
- After the glue hardens clip off the excess fabric
- Transfer the aroma beads to the mason jar and add the decorative lid and the metal screw band
These little jars are surprisingly powerful, we keep one in our laundry room and it scents that room and the bathroom behind it. The scent will carry better in warm rooms but it won’t ever be as strong as a burning candle.
This post is part of a homemade gift blog hop – check out some of the other posts for even more ideas to DIY your holidays!