Scratch and Sniff Jello Painting

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Posted on Mar 5 2014 - 1:00am by Ashley
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On a quest to empty the pantry as much as possible I came across some old boxes of jello (and I mean old because we really don’t eat jello). Then I came across this recipe for Jello Paint. Perfect! A craft to use up old jello! 
The recipe recommended using pre-printed coloring pages, but I decided to let my girls draw their own. They usually enjoy creating their own pictures more then coloring pre-made ones. I had them draw on card stock (you need thick paper or card stock) with black markers.
Then it was time to make the paint. Most of our old jello was red, so I actually bought a few new colors too (so much for cleaning out the pantry).
I mixed each girl their own set of jello paint in an old egg carton. I mixed 1 tsp of jello to one tsp hot water and then a little glue. To measure the glue (Elmer’s All Purpose Glue by the way), I just squeezed it gently while counting to 3. It probably would have been easier to mix it in a larger bowl and pour it in the egg carton since I made a significant mess trying to mix in the egg carton!



Time to paint! Instead of brushes we used Q-tips to dot the paint onto our pictures. I made sure they dipped their Q-tips to the bottom, so they could get more of the jello on the page too.


Once the pictures were dry, the kids could rub them with their finger tips and smell the jello. Surprisingly the jello did not rub off as long as you were gentle. 
Once Eli woke up from his nap he enjoyed smelling them too. Actually he enjoyed it a little too much and decided to taste one; good thing the glue is non toxic! 


I was amazed by how much of the smell was retained! This makes a great sensory art project, and it really doesn’t use much jello. So it doesn’t clean out the pantry unless you make a whole bunch; guess we will just have to save the rest of ours for another day! Will you be trying jello painting in your household?

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  • This is a fun project. We did it a few months ago with our little guys at church. Everyone that walked into the room would comment about how good it smelled in there! The kids just loved it! πŸ™‚ I don't think we mixed ours with the glue though. I will have to try that at home.

    • The glue just makes the granules stick better, so you can revive the smell later! Glad they enjoyed it!

  • Sharon

    Great idea.

  • delightfullearning

    We don't eat jello either, but this looks like a fun scented sensory experience!

  • This is so cool! I wish I had children – I'll have to do it with my twin nieces some day. Stopping by from Serenity Saturday bloghop

    • Definitely! Tuck it away for later; you never know when you might need it!

  • Valerie

    Ooh, I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  • We have so got to do this! Doing a large Easter egg would be cool!

    • You could definitely make it fit any season depending on the flavors you used!

  • Very creative! I found your post through the Funky Polkadot Giraffe linky party. My son likes to paint, but I think this would keep his attention longer! It would be fun to have the different smells too! Thanks for sharing!

  • I am going to dig out the two egg cartons I *finally* tossed today, dig to the back of my pantry for old jello and we will paint! Thanks for sharing on Kids int he Kitchen! (I pinned, stumbled and shared!)

  • This is such a cool idea. I love making paint, although I've only tried it a couple of times…this seems like a nice straightforward recipe though. Thanks for sharing!

    I can't wait to work this into the senses and the body theme that me and my kiddo are currently working on (that you can check out at, what a perfect fit! I have a little one too so I'll have to watch out for some tasting experiments…

  • Cool idea! We've used Jello to make paper into lick-and-stick stickers, but never painted with it! Thanks for sharing this idea at the After School Linky Party!

  • What a fun craft to make with leftover Jello. I really don't like it, so I don't make it often at my house. I am delighted to feature this fun kitchen craft on Mom's Library at Pounds4Pennies this week. I look forward to seeing you this week.

  • I think we have some old jello too! Perfect!

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