What you will need:
Liquid Candle Dye
Optional Mica, Glitter and Puff Paint tubes.
First, make your Aroma Beads following these instructions:
- Scoop out the desired amount of beads and weigh them on a digital scale.
- Once you know
the weight of your beads, you can weigh your fragrance oil.The beads
will hold up to 30%. I personally find 25% works well with most scents
and absorbs fairly readily. For every ounce of beads, using 25% you will
add 1/4 oz. fragrance by weight. So for example if you are using 1
weight oz of beads, you will use .25 weight oz of fragrance oil.
- If you wish to color your Aroma Beads, you will need to add 1 or 2 drops of liquid candle dye to your fragrance oil and swirl it around until it's mixed well. *Note: Food coloring or B&B dye will not work!
- Then add the beads to your colored fragrance oil.
- Stir the beads around with a stir stick until the liquid is dispersed evenly.
- Then put the lid tightly on the jar and shake! It can take anywhere from 1 day to over a week for the beads to completely absorb all of the oil, it will vary with different fragrances. So keep shaking the jar every few hours! At first it will seem soupy and look as if it will not soak up the oil... but be patient! The oil will eventually soak in! Some fragrances may take longer than others... for example, the Red Hot Cinnamon took 1 day to soak in, but the Vanilla took 2 days, and some take over a week. If you run into a fragrance oil that is not soaking in after a week, try adding more beads and shake very well. Once the beads have absorbed all of the oil they will feel dry to the touch and will not seep or bleed!
- Once the oil is absorbed, you are done! Try making a second color & scent, and layering them! You can also add a bit of our White Mica Powder to the clear beads too for a shimmery, pearly effect!
- First make your scented & colored Aroma Beads as directed. Choose metal cookie cutters in the shapes & sizes you want for your ornaments. Lay them on a metal non-stick
cookie sheet. Fill each shape with the beads, completely covering the
bottom with a layer about 1/4" deep. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for
about 5 - 10 minutes or until you can see that the beads have melted
together. Baking times will vary with different ovens.
Watch them carefully!
*Note: They will not be smooth like glass, they will be bumpy.
*If you want a hole in the top for hanging, stand a flat head nail on it's head where you want the hole to be.
- Remove from oven with pot holders, and set on stove top to cool. A small amount of smoking is normal when they first come out. Allow tray to cool completely before touching! Next, carefully remove the cookie cutters.
*I prefer to cool mine in the freezer for a few minutes, which helps them release from the cookie cutters easier.
- Once you remove the cutters, your
ornament will be stuck to the pan, but it will peel off the non-stick
metal fairly easily. Don't be alarmed if it feels stuck. They may feel
like they won't budge at first, but once you start to pull it up it
will peel off.
*Note: I peeled this one off after setting the tray outside in the snow to cool, so the cold may help release them easier! Try putting the tray in your freezer!
- Peel the shapes off the sheet, and they are done! You can use a sharp tipped object like a nail to make a small hole near the top, and string some thin cord through to hang it with. Or try using a paper hole punch for thicker ribbon!
Now that you've done this, you have the most amazing Air Fresheners/Car Fresheners/Tree Ornaments! I choose themed fragrances for mine. You can add some glitter or mica or puff paint to them for more interest. This is a cute and fun project even the kids can participate in. This is an exceptionally fun idea for a Sunday School class!