How to Make Scented Stickers

Written by carol taber
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Kids love stickers. The only thing better than regular stickers is scented ones. This project is a twofer for parents or caregivers. Making and then sticking them will keep a child busy during the doldrums of summer or on a rainy day. The low cost of this project, made with materials most people have on hand or are readily available in grocery and craft stores, makes it a good one to do with multiple children.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Glitter pens
  • Printer paper
  • Water
  • Small bowl
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Spoon
  • 1/2 tsp extract (e.g., vanilla, peppermint, lemon, almond)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Paintbrush
  • Spray-on scents
  • Scissors
  • Cotton balls

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  1. 1

    Draw and colour a bunch of small sticker-sized images on printer paper. The more images the child draws, the more stickers can be made. Leave a little space around each image so it will be easy to cut them apart.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 tbsp of cold water into a small bowl. Sprinkle a package of unflavored gelatin over the water and let it sit for 5 minutes.

  3. 3

    Add 3 tbsp of boiling water to the bowl and stir until the gelatin is dissolved.

  4. 4

    Add 1/2 tsp of extract and 1/2 tsp of sugar to the bowl. Stir well.

  5. 5

    Using the paintbrush, apply a coat of the adhesive to the back of the decorated printer paper.

  6. 6

    Allow the adhesive to dry completely (about 3 hours).

  7. 7

    Lightly spray the front of the sticker page with a spray-on scent for children.

  8. 8

    Cut out the individual images using scissors.

  9. 9

    Wet the back of the stickers with a damp cotton ball. Stick where desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray-on perfumes or scents designed for children are available at department stores and perfume stores.
  • These stickers will remain stuck like their store-bought counterparts. Don't stick them anywhere you don't want a sticker to stay.

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