Make Your Own Gel Air Freshener (Holiday Edition)


Here is a fun and easy DIY project- Make Your Own Gel Air Freshener. I made these for the Christmas by adding holiday scents and using Christmas colors. Of course, you can make these for any occasion by changing the scents, flowers and colors.


The process was really simple. The project itself took about 10 minutes, but you will need to allow time for the gel to set. (I allowed my air fresheners to set up over night.)

This is a great homemade holiday gift idea!


What You Need:

4 Envelopes of Gelatin (1 Box or 1 oz)

Food Coloring

1-2 Tablespoons of Salt

2 Cups Distilled Water

Essential Oil or Oil Fragrance

Artificial Flowers

(GLASS (heat proof) Mason Jar with lid, scrapbook paper or fabric, pencil, scissors, disposable stir sticks)


Please note: You will want to work on a heat proof surface and use caution because the gelatin will be hot.


Step 1

Bring 1 cup of distilled water to a boil, remove from heat, add gelatin.  Whisk until gelatin is dissolved.

You will need to work quickly.  I opened all the envelopes and placed the contents in a small bowl. This way I could dump and stir once my water had come to a boil.


Step 2

Add 1 cup of distilled water and salt. Stir. (I forgot to add the salt at this point so I added it later…as you will see.)

Carefully pour the hot gelatin into the mason jar(s). I was able to fill 2 jars with 1 box of gelatin. (It will depend on the size jar you choose to use.)


Step 3

Allow to cool slightly and add scent. Stir.

I used peppermint essential oil for one and a fragrance oil for the other. The amount of fragrance you add is up to you. I would start with 10 drops and evaluate. The peppermint oil about knocked me down about 10 drops in…. while the evergreen scent was more subtle and required extra drops to achieve the scent I wanted.

Note: Some tutorials I read added the scent after the mixture reached room temperature.


Step 4

Add food coloring until you reach the color and intensity you desire. Stir.

Tip- you will want to use disposable stir sticks!


(I forgot to add the salt in step one- so I just added it here)


Step 5

Clip the buds off of holiday flowers and carefully place inside the gel using your stir sticks.


I also used a stir stick to arrange the flowers. I chose mistletoe and poinsettia.


Step 6

Trace the inner ring of the jar lid onto scrapbook paper and cut. (You could also use fabric.)


Insert the paper into the lid.

You will want to allow your air freshener to set out at room temperature over night uncovered. Be sure to place them away from children and pets.


Voilà (Wah-la)! You have a pretty holiday scented gel air freshener. These air fresheners do not contain a preservative. The salt will help deter mold growth for a time, but not indefinitely. Be sure to use these right away and inspect often. You will want to toss them as soon as you see any sign of decay.

These are NOT edible so be sure to keep out of reach of pets and children.



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This project was inspired by recipes/tutorials from Pinterest. Here are a few posts that inspired my version of this project:

Gel Air Freshener

Homemade Essential Oil Air Fresheners

Make Your Own Gel Air Fresheners


You may also want to check out this homemade air freshener tutorial. This version uses baking soda.




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This post is for entertainment purposes only. Remember, this DIY project should be done by an adult. Use caution when handling hot materials. Keep out of reach of small children and animals.

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  1. Jackie says

    Why do you feel a need to explain how to pronounce “Voilà”?
    (Besides, your V is missing in the pronunciation.
    It should read vwäˈlä )

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