Make Scratch-N-Sniff Christmas Cards For Friends And Family

December 7, 2018

© Jennifer Barrow | Dreamstime

Christmas is a magical time where we try to spend a little more time together as a family.  So here's really fun family project that everyone will love!  Make your very own scratch-n-sniff Christmas cards.  It's super easy to do.  All you need are plastic spoons and bowls, measuring spoons, paintbrushes, school glue blank cardstock or pre-folded cards, water and either favored sugar-free gelatin or your favorite essential oil and food coloring.  If you decide to go the gelatin route, mix two parts school glue to one part water and one part gelatin. Heat your water first and mix it with the gelatin first, then add the glue after it cools down.  For the essential oil route, mix two parts glue to one part extract. Then add food dye, but be careful—a little color can go a long way. Then with the paintbrush. daub a pattern onto your cards. Let them dry thoroughly, which may take up to a day, depending on how thickly you've layered your paint. When the card is dry, vigorously scratch the surface and then immediately inhale to detect the odor. Send the scented cards to friends and family for a unique gift that you had fun creating with your friends or family!


  • Plastic cups to hold paints
  • Plastic spoons for mixing
  • Measuring spoons
  • Paintbrushes


  • School glue
  • Water
  • Flavored sugar-free gelatin OR cooking extract and food dye
  • Blank cardstock or pre-folded cards

SOURCE: Popular Science

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