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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 15, 2002 - Issue 63


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Smelly Stuff

Note: These crafts should be done ONLY with the help of an adult

Potpourri Gel Jars

Gel Jars are beautifully decorated, scented gifts. They are sure to liven up any room with their fragrance. You can substitute potpourri oil for the essential oils in this craft.


What you need:

  • Jars with lids
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 4 packages of plain Gelatin
  • 50 drops essential oil (any scent)
  • Food Coloring
  • Dried flower

What you do:

  • Heat one cup of the distilled water in a saucepan. Add the desired coloring. Remove from the heat, add remaining 1 cup of distilled water and the gelatin, stirring to dissolve.
  • Divide the drops of essential oil, or potpourri oil, into the jars (wide mouth jelly jars or canning jars work well). Add the gelatin mixture to the jars. Drop in dried flower and let it "float."
  • Place the jars in the refrigerator for about two hours.
  • Remove the jars from the refrigerator and cover with plastic wrap or the jar's lid. If you are using the plastic wrap choose one the new colored wraps for a prettier 'topping". Store them at room temperature. To release the scent, remove the lid or plastic wrap. If you would like to decorate the jar place piece of fabric over the lid or plastic wrap and tie with a colored ribbon or lace. You can include a silk flower tied at the end of the ribbon or knotted at the base of the jar's mouth for a floral presentation.

Lacey Candles

These are easy to do and can be done with children age 8 and older. For a spring look choose pastel colored paraffin or if that isn't available color your paraffin after it completely melts. These candles look awesome because of the lacey patterns which remain after peeling away the juice carton.


What You Need:

  • 1 large block of paraffin
  • 1 tapered candle any color because it will be in the middle of the one you will create
  • 1 empty and cleaned one quart juice carton
  • Ice
  • Newspaper

What You Do:

  • Set up the cartoon on a table covered with newspaper. Set the tapered candle in the middle of the cleaned carton. As you are setting it add ice- to within 1 inch of the top of the carton.
  • Melt the paraffin according to the package instructions. Pour safely into the carton filled with ice.
  • Let stand, don't move or touch for 5 minutes .
  • Using your sink or a bowl, pour off the now melted ice from the carton. Make sure you have removed all the water. Let the carton sit for about an hour.
  • Peel off the carton from the candle, by hand or with scissors, being careful not to cut into the candle. You will be amazed at the beautiful lacey pattern and how stunning it looks when it is finally lit. Always place a saucer or some kind of candle holder underneath it when the candle is lit.

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