How to Make Your Own Scented Gel Jar

Make your own scented gel jar and freshen up any room of your home with this easy DIY!

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How to Make Your Own Scented Gel Jar

I think we’ve finally had our last major heatwave of the season!  The humidity broke just in time to start the week and what a beautiful week it’s been so far!  I started the week by purchasing a few small pots of mums.  I had already planted two large purple mums in the front and decided to add some fall color to our backyard, as well.  The bright, neon colors of summer are now transitioning to deep, richer fall colors.  I couldn’t be more excited for it!  

So today I wanted to share a scented gel jar project that could easily be customized for any time of year.  I love having a nice smelling home.  That isn’t hard to tell once you step inside.  There are candles, reed diffusers, and tart warmers all around the house!  I also like to change scents by the season.  And I especially love decor that’s not only pretty, but functional, too.  I’ve made these gel jars plenty of times before, but this was the first time that I added artificial leaves inside.  They give the gel jar a really pretty, fall touch!

How to Make Your Own Scented Gel Jar


  • 1 envelope Knox gelatin
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/8 tsp. rubbing alcohol
  • 1/2 tsp. or more essential oil or candle scent
  • Food coloring
  • Small mason jar with vented lid
  • Silk leaves or flowers, optional


  1. Boil 1/2 cup of water.  Add gelatin and mix until dissolved.  
  2. Pour in the other 1/2 cup of water and stir.  
  3. Add alcohol, essential oil, and a few drops of food coloring (I used one drop of red and one drop of yellow to create a fall, orange color). Stir well to combine.  
  4. Carefully pour mixture into a jar.
  5. Place a silk flower or silk leaves into the center of the jar.
  6. Replace lid and allow gel to solidify in the fridge.
  7. Set jar in a cool area of your home and enjoy the fragrance!

How to Make Your Own Scented Gel Jar

If you choose to display your scented gel jar in a warm area, like a windowsill, you may begin to see the top liquefy over time.  You can resolve this issue by popping your jar into the refrigerator for a bit until it solidifies again.  These gel jars should stay fragrant for about a month.

With the holidays just a few months away (eek!), these would make great homemade gifts to give to friends and family.  Homemade gifts are always much more appreciated than something picked up at the store!  And these scented gel jars are a nice, safe alternative to candles.

How to Make Your Own Scented Gel Jar

Did you make your own scented gel jars inspired by this DIY?  Share it on social media with the hashtag #livinglavidadiy and make sure to tag me @lavidaholoka!


How do you like to keep your home smelling fresh?


    1. Hi Sandi. I get my candle scents on Amazon or Etsy. Just do a simple search for the scent you’re looking for and you should have plenty of options!

    1. Yes, I would assume that soap or candle colorant would work just as well. You can definitely try to add dried herbs or flowers. I just wonder if they would float to the top of the jar. Let me know how that works for you! 🙂

  1. If I were to make these for Christmas gifts how soon should I make them? Don’t wanna make them to early but far enough in advance to have them done.

    1. I would make these a week or two ahead of gifting them. The closer to Christmas, the better. They last about a month so you definitely don’t want to wait a while to gift them!

  2. I have a Electric potpourri diffuser that liquid or gel potpourri can be used in it. Will this recipe work with this and a wax melt warmer?
    Thank you for your time.
    Debie Cole

    1. Hi Debie. I am honestly not sure if this would work in a wax melt warmer, but I would say no because of the alcohol in it. I recommend sticking to the jar.

    1. Hi Dee! Yes! For Christmas, I always like to use scents like pine, orange, cinnamon, and clove. Scents that are warm and woodsy. For Valentine’s Day, I would recommend scents like vanilla and rose. And for Easter, I like springtime scents like lemon, lavender, and peppermint. Have fun playing around with different scent combinations!

    1. Yup! Instead of rubbing alcohol, you could use vodka or tequila. The alcohol is there as a preservative. I wouldn’t skip it or else you might end up with a moldy jar.

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