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Children and Fragranced Gift Items

Guest Author - Robin Rounds Whittemore

SMELLY JELLIES

Container

1 teaspoon of smelly jelly granules

7 ounces of water (just under a cup)

Colorant

1 tablespoon fragrance oil

Stirrer to blend

Take the container and place the 7 ounces of water in it. Now is the time to put in the fragrance and stir to blend in. Decide how much color you want to place in the mixture and place in the drops. Stir again to blend in. Now take the teaspoon of smelly jelly granules and sprinkle into the water.

Wait about fifteen to twenty minutes for the water to be absorbed by the granules. When the water has been absorbed, you could transfer the smelly jellies to a container that has open holes in the lid. You could also choose to keep them in a container that has a full lid and just remove the lid when you want some fragrance.

You can renew the fragrance by adding more fragrance oil later on. Also, if these smelly jellies start to dry out, a little water added to them can prolong their usefulness.

This makes a great gift for people who travel. Smelly jellies make a great alternative for candles in a stuffy hotel room. This is a wonderful gift idea for someone who works in an office as well. Most offices, like hotels, frown on candles being burned in cubicles. Smelly jellies stay in one undisturbed place, just like a plant.



ICE CUBE CANDLES

This is a wonderful and easy craft to make with children, and it makes an interesting looking candle. No two are ever totally alike.

You'll need:

Smashed ice cubes

Empty pint size milk or whipping cream carton

Pencil

Wick

Wax

Colorant

Fragrance

Double boiler

Newspaper or paper towels (to set the carton on)

Melt wax in the top half of the double boiler on medium heat. You may want to turn it down to low if it starts to boil, or if you have a gas stove.

If you purchased wicks that have a metal bottom to them and will stand up straight, place one in the milk carton. If the wick is cotton, roll it around the pencil and place the pencil diagonally on the carton. This will hold the wick in place, and you can pour around it.

Once the wax has melted, add in the colorant one drop at a time and stir to blend, until it is the color you want.

It is now time to add the fragrance. As with the color, one drop at a time until you are happy with the results. Usually about a tablespoon will do most people.

Pour half of the ice into the container. Now, pour the melted wax into the carton. Add the rest of the ice.

When the wax has cooled all the way through, start peeling off the milk carton. What you will see is a candle that seemingly has holes in it, like Swiss cheese. Shake it a little to get any excess water off the candle.
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This content was written by Robin Rounds Whittemore. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Juliette Samuel for details.

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