Gel Air Freshener

Learn to make a gel air freshener out of stuff you probably already have at home! This easy DIY will leave your home smelling so good. And it’s made with all-natural ingredients!

Gel Air Freshener

Happy DIY day!

I took a minute from cleaning and organizing the bedroom to make a really easy gel air freshener from things I already had in my kitchen cabinets. This DIY only requires 2 ingredients and it’s super easy!

The main ingredient in a gel air freshener is gelatin, which you can find at any grocery store. (I purchased mine from Kroger.) Essential oils or fragrance oils are used for the scent. If you would like your air freshener to be a certain color, food coloring can be used.

lid to gel air freshener

The scent I chose for my gel air freshener is Lemon Cupcake. This bottle of Lemon Cupcake essential oil was a free birthday gift from Plant Therapy as part of their rewards program. It smells amazing! I put this oil in a diffuser necklace so I can smell it throughout the day. Sometimes I diffuse it in my diffuser to make my whole house smell like a lemon cupcake. (It’s probably my favorite oil!!)

If you’re interested, here’s a coupon to get $10 off your first purchase of $25 or more, plus free shipping!

lemon cupcake essential oil

Gel air fresheners are wonderful gift ideas for family, friends, teachers, or neighbors. They are make perfect house warming gifts. Or make some as thank you gifts for baby or wedding showers.

Tie some dried flowers to the side and wrap with clear cellophane for a beautiful gift.

gel air freshener diy

Here are some more ideas using natural ingredients and essential oils:
No-Sew Lavender Scented Drawer Sachet
No-Sew Hanging Sachet
Carpet Freshener

What is a gel air freshener?

Gel air fresheners are made from gelatin, which holds in fragrances, therefore they can last a really long time. These air fresheners can be purchased in stores, but for a fraction of the cost you can make your own.

How to make a gel air freshener

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What you need:

  • (2) 4-ounce mason jars or (1) 8-ounce mason jar
  • Fabric square for the topper
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin (found near baking supplies at any grocery store)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • 2-3 teaspoons essential or fragrance oil – adjust to your preference (I used about 30 drops essential oil)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Measuring Cup
Materials Needed

What you do:

First, combine 1/2 cup hot water and 2 packs of gelatin in a mixing bowl, stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.

Not all the gelatin dissolved for me. I’m not sure if it was because I used a store brand or maybe my water was not hot enough. However, there were tiny lumps that would not dissolve so I ended up taking them out.

Step 1 combine gelatin and water

Next, add food coloring until you get the shade you want. Food coloring is optional!

Then add 1/2 cup cold water and stir until mixed well.

Finally, add 2-3 teaspoons of oil. I used about 30 drops of essential oil. Adjust the amount of drops of oil to your preference.

Add food coloring, cold water and essential oil

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

I used an 8-ounce jelly jar for this because I couldn’t get to my 4-ounce jars. However, next time I make this I will use the smaller jars. I just think they are cuter, plus you’re getting two air fresheners in from one mix.

pour the mixture into the jar

While the gel air freshener is “setting”, you can add the fabric to the lid.

I used a very thin fabric (muslin). Another option for the lid is to use frog lids or a piece of scrapbook paper with holes punched in it, or you could just leave the lid off altogether.

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

trace around the lid on the fabric

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

add fabric to the ring

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

add jute string to the jar lid

After the gel air freshener has set, just place the jar wherever you wish!

Remember that the fragrance can be changed throughout the year. Make a fall rain scented air freshener for fall or candy cane scented for Christmas.

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

There’s no limit to the fragrances you can use!

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Gel air freshener pin

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92 thoughts on “Gel Air Freshener”

  1. Very cool idea! How do you get lids that open on the top? I haven’t been able to find lids like these. I used to buy gel air fresheners all the time but a) they didn’t list very long because they were small and b) the smell was artificial-smelling. If I’m able to find the right jar, I will definitely be making this in the future!

      1. I have a bunch of jars but I don’t have the right lids for them.? In the past when I grew bean spouts, I would use mesh which didn’t really work too well (not to mention the mesh was ugly).

        1. You can leave the lid off if you want. Or if you want fabric covering it you can just lay it over the top with the sides hanging down and tie a ribbon around it to hold it in place.

  2. This tip is helpful for getting better air in order to study better. It is crucial that students make/buy an air freshener so that they can improve their study efficiency with the help from the fresh air.
    Unfortunately, I am busy with study and I don’t have time to do so. I may do that one day in the future. If this idea had generated before, I could have enjoyed the fresher air than it used to.

    1. I agree with you. Fresh air is very helpful when it comes to studying and mental health in general. I hope you get to make one of these later on. ?

    1. Thank you! I was so frustrated with my last theme because there were certain things that just stopped working. Hopefully, this one lasts forever! πŸ˜€

  3. You had me at lemon cupcake, Michelle! This looks like a fun project! I’ll be putting gelatin on my list for sure!

  4. I love that you picked Lemon Cupcake cause that’s definitely what I’d choose as well. I love everything about lemons – the scent, the taste, how they associate with cleanliness, everything!

  5. I’d never think to make something like this for myself usually but this sounds so much easier than I’d expect it to be. You’re right about it being a great gift too, they’re beautifully presented in the jars x


  6. Dee | Grammy's Grid

    Great idea, love it! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 15 for Crafts and DIY, open April 15 to 25. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed.

  7. Ooo this is a fantastic idea, Michelle. Never would have thought to make one of these, and had no idea how you’d go about it but gelatine makes sense. Depending on how much you can pick that up for in the supermarket, I imagine you could make a few of these and save a small fortune on branded gel air fresheners! And yours looks really cute in the mason jar. Fantastic make. I’m really curious about lemon cupcake as an essential oil now, sounds yum! x

    1. Thank you so much! Making your own does save a lot of money, especially if you’re buying them quite regularly. Lemon cupcake essential oil smells amazing! I’m all about lemon scents this time of year. πŸ˜€

  8. I’ve always wondered how to make these. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s, you are being featured on my blog this evening.

  9. I absolutely adore this idea, Michelle! Lemon cupcake sounds amazing! Only problem is I feel hungry just thinking about it, ha ha!

    Brilliant DIY. I’ve shared on Pinterest and Twitter of course. I love that we can live as naturally as possible while still enjoying our scented comforts.

    It’s also fun that you can choose for yourself what kind of container to put this gel in. All sorts of ideas there! Love it. We will *definitely* be trying this in the near future. Sending endless love your way! β™₯

    1. Thank you!! I know! Every time I smell it I want a cupcake! But I have to settle for sniffing my air freshener instead. ?
      Yes! I wish the thrift stores were open because I would love to go hunt down some cute containers to make more of these. Thank you so much for sharing!! Hugs and love!!!

  10. I had no idea you could even make your own air freshener like this, Michelle – so cool! I’m excited to try this because I love anything with lemon. I bet it smells amazing! Hope your week has been a fun one, CoCo

    1. They’re so easy to make and fun, too! I love that you can make it your own by adding any scent and color. Thank you! I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

  11. Dee | Grammy's Grid

    CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at #AThemedLinkup 16 for Gardening from my previous linkup for Crafts and DIY, open April 30 to May 10. All entries shared if social media buttons are installed.

  12. I’ll be featuring you this week on my blog, facebook page and Instagram. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the To Grandma house we go link party!

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