Friday, August 10, 2012

Day 8 of the 30 Day Pinterest Craft Challenge - Smelly Jelly Shark Bowl

The inspiration:  Homemade air freshener by Foodie With Family.

 My version: 

During my day with the BFF, we put a spin on the homemade essential oil air freshener pin (click on the first picture to take you to the post by Foodie With Family) we saw on Pinterest.  

We really didn't know how much gelatin we would end up with so we stopped by the dollar store to get an extra jar.  We knew when we saw the mini fishbowl shaped bowls that we wanted to embed the gel with a fish or two.  Off to the toy aisle to go fishing!  

We mixed the gelatin per the directions on  Foodie With Family's post.  Man, we were not expecting the gelatin to um, smell not-so-pleasantly.  If I had to describe the odor, it would be something like pickled fish.  Luckily, the smell dissipated and didn't linger.  We put 2 drops of blue food coloring into our respective jars and about 20 drops of essential oil.  We then filled the jars halfway with the hot gelatin and stirred to mix in the color and essential oil.  Once it cooled down some, we put the jars into the fridge for it to set but we were impatient.  Once it was in there for about 30 minutes, we took it out, saw that it wasn't quite ready yet so we put it in the freezer to speed up the setting.  Once it was somewhat set, we set the shark in my jar and a dolphin in Marisa's jar and poured the rest of the gel into the containers and stuck them back into the freezer.  Once they were done, they looked so awesome.  From the top.  From the side, there was 1 drop too many of the food coloring so you can barely see the shark/dolphin.  But if you looked at it from another standpoint, it was cool to see something lurking in the murky "water".  

I was having a hard time trying to get the lighting right for my sharkbowl. Not to mention my reflection in the jar was annoying so all you get is just the top view of our Craft Challenge project ;)

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