Gel Air Freshener DIY

4 Materials
2 Hours

You can purchase gel air fresheners at the store, or you can make your own at a fraction of the cost.

And for this gel air freshener you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen!

Gel air fresheners make great housewarming gifts. They're also nice to give out as thank you gifts for baby or wedding showers. Or as a sweet gift to family, friends, and neighbors.

Let's get started!

Materials needed to make a gel air freshener
  • (2) 4-ounce mason jars
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin (found near baking supplies at the grocery store)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • 2-3 teaspoons essential or fragrance oil - adjusted to your preference
  • Fabric square
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon
Step 1

Combine 1/2 cup hot water and the 2 packets of gelatin in a mixing bowl, stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. If you want, add food coloring until you get the color you want. Then add 1/2 cup cold water and stir until well combined.

Step 2

Add 2-3 teaspoons of essential or fragrance oil. Adjust the amount of drops to your scent preference.

I used about 30 drops of Lemon Cupcake essential oil for my gel air freshener. (To see more about this oil and how I got it be sure to check out my blog post!)

Step 3

Pour the liquid mixture into your jar(s) and sit in a cool place for about an hour or so, or until set. 

Making the lid

While the gel air freshener is "setting", you can work on making the lid. I used muslin for mine so the scent can get through easily. Other options are frog lids, fabric, or scrapbook paper with holes punched in it.

Step 1

Lay the lid on the fabric and trace around it with a pencil, then cut out the circle.

Step 2

Attach the fabric to the inside of the ring using hot glue.

Step 3

After adding the fabric to the ring, wrap the outside of it with jute string just to give it a more rustic look.

Attach the lid to the jar and place in your home wherever you wish!

Gel air fresheners made with lemongrass essential oil are perfect for sitting on outside tables to keep the bugs away!

There's no limit to the fragrances you can make.

For a gift idea: use lavender essential oil, tie a piece of dried lavender around the jar, wrap with clear cellophane and tie with a purple ribbon!

Have fun making your gel air freshener! I'd love to see yours!

Resources for this project:

See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Frequently asked questions

Have a question about this project?

  3 questions
  • Chris Chris on Apr 24, 2020

    About how long does the scent last?

  • Seleena Moore Seleena Moore on Apr 24, 2020

    Dose the jell disintegrate with time?

  • Pam Selph Pam Selph on Apr 26, 2020

    Could you use Jello powder and have color and smell as gel?


Join the conversation

5 of 7 comments
  • Patricia Patricia on Apr 25, 2020

    Most definitely

  • Edith Law Edith Law on Apr 29, 2020

    I love it . I was wondering what about the smell clean linen . I have a disinfectant spray with that smell and I like can I make that into a gel freshener?

    • See 1 previous
    • Molly Jo Molly Jo on May 28, 2020

      never saw one essential oil that is clean linen scent, but this will duplicate it.

      Clean Linen

      1. 3 drops of Lavender.
      2. 3 drops of Eucalyptus.
      3. 3 drops of Lemon.
      4. 3 drops of Tea Tree.
      5. 2 drops of Peppermint.