Thursday, December 14, 2017

Craft: Scented Water Beads


I heard about Water Beads on FB last month and since I'd never heard of them and had no idea what they were, I looked them up. I found a few articles that said you could make things with them including gel air fresheners and that sounded really interesting to me. So I bought the stuff and did it.

You'll need a packet of Water Beads. I found this at Amazon and it was just under $7 for 20,000 beads.
A glass jar.
3 cups of water.
Essential Oil. I bought a jar of Cinnamon Essential oil for this. 

I added 1 tsp. of water beads to the jar. Then added 20 drops of Cinnamon Essential oil and 3 cups of water. They had grown this much after just 2 hours.

After 6 hours I drained off the remaining water and this is what they looked like and they smelled so good!

I love the colors and they feel so neat to play with. After the first bowl of them was such a great success, I made a 2nd container of water beads with some Christmas Garland Essential Oil that I had and that smelled so good too. 

I found that this works best in small rooms like a bathroom or bedroom and I had to stir the beads ever other day and add 1-2 more drops of the essential oil in order to get more scent. The scent doesn't last long though. If you don't stir the beads and add more essential oil every other day there's no scent that you can smell unless your face is right over the bowl of beads. I'm actually really surprised this doesn't work well because there are so many articles, videos and posts about it but for me it's a fail. You're better off buying one of those .99 Renuzit air fresheners. lol 

I plan on making another big bowl of these beads with no scent so the scent doesn't get all over my hands when I play with them. lol They are quite fun to play with and handle and I love how they feel when I squish them in my hand. If you've never seen these before and like doing crafts, you might like this one. It was easy, fun and there are other things to do with them like make pretty colored beads filled glass jars. 

46 comments:

  1. They sound neat. I have a feeling the cat would eat them though lol

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  2. I've never heard of these. I'm bummed they didn't keep their scent because it looks like a fun project.

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    1. So am I. I had fun with it though.

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  3. An interesting hobby it seems. Warm greetings to you!

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  4. they do sound neat

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    1. It was neat to play around with.

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  5. What a great craft. This would make a perfect gift!

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  6. We never heard of them either but the are pretty!

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  7. Oh I didn't know about that either

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  8. Too bad, as it looks pretty. Remember those evergreen stuffed red pillows at Christmas. My Mom had one on the back of the sofa and the whole house smelled like Christmas.

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    1. Yes, now that's a good idea.

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  9. They look so pretty and I bet they are fun to handle, but that is a bummer that the scent doesn’t last.

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  10. Too cool sad they don't stay scented longer though :(

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  11. I would assume it would get quite pricey with the amount of essential oil you would have to use.

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  12. The beads do look pretty and I bet they are fun to play with- very therapeutic. I really like essential oils and am surprised the smell doesn't last longer. Thanks for sharing your experience.
    ~Jess

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  13. I have never heard of this. It would be kind of fun just to watch them grow. Too bad they didn't hold their scent too long.

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    1. I'm sure I'll figure out something else to do with them.

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  14. Too bad the scent didn't work out the way you hoped, but they do look like fun to play around with.

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    1. They are fun to play with.

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  15. This sounds pretty cool, but I really like a scented room, and it sounds like this may not be a good fit. Glad you tried this out! Hugs...RO

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    1. They still look pretty in the glass jars.

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  16. I like the colors and am curious about seeing them expand. Too bad that the scent part went away so quickly.

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    1. That was the fun part about them.

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  17. Love all the different colours.
    Shame the scent didn't quite work out how you wanted.

    All the best Jan

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  18. Those look neat! I think my son would like this project.

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    1. They're made for kids so I bet he would like them.

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  19. I've never heard of this before. It sucks that they don't hold the scent for very long though. Would have been really cool if they did.

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    1. I agree, it would have been. I was hoping.

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  20. This does sound interesting. I've never heard of it before.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  21. Oh ha! I actually have these from years ago but never tried making them scented. Just added them to jars/vases for a little color pop.

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    1. That's what I'll e doing with some of them too.

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