How to make Aroma
created by Doneen St.John - Copyright ©
2003 Bitter Creek
Original & Exclusive Bitter Creek Creation!*
The instructions &
method for making these are copyrighted and may not be published on any
Our Aroma Beads can
also be used to make the coolest scented ornaments and car air fresheners
around! I came up with this new idea and method for making Aroma Ornies™
while trying to think of some creative and original new uses for our
products (and after I tried putting some in a tart warmer and they melted
together accidentally, lol)! "Ornies" and cardboard auto air fresheners are
a hot item these days, but our Aroma Ornies™ have some huge advantages...
they are translucent, so they look beautiful in the sunlight! They can be
easily colored with liquid candle dyes for a limitless rainbow of shades!
They hold a much larger fragrance load for a stronger & longer lasting
scent! They can be made in any shape you want! Hang them in a sunny window
for an even stronger fragrance release!*
*Be aware that the
inside of an automobile can reach extreme temperatures in hot weather. We
recommend testing your ornaments in such conditions before selling just to
be safe! If you make the ornies too thin they may melt in the sun!
|First make your scented &
colored Aroma Beads as directed.
Choose metal cookie cutters
in the shapes & sizes you want for
your ornaments. Lay them on a
metal non-stick cookie sheet.
Fill each shape with the beads,
completely covering the bottom
with a layer about 1/4" deep.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees
for about 5 - 10 minutes or until
you can see that the beads have
melted together. Baking times will
vary with different ovens.
*Note: They will
not be smooth like glass, they will be bumpy like you see in the photo
*If you want a hole in the top for
hanging, stand a flat head nail on it's head where you want the
hole to be.
|Remove from oven with pot
holders, and set on stove top to cool.
A small amount of smoking is normal
when they first come out.
Allow tray to
cool completely before touching! Next, carefully
remove the cookie cutters.
*I prefer to cool mine in the
freezer for a few minutes, which helps them release
from the cookie cutters easier.
|Once you remove the cutters,
your ornament will be stuck to the pan, but it will peel off the
non-stick metal fairly easily. Don't be alarmed if it feels stuck.
They may feel like they won't budge at first, but once you start to pull
it up it will peel off.
*Note: I peeled this one off after
setting the tray outside in the snow to cool, so the cold may help
release them easier! Try putting the tray in your freezer!
|Peel the shapes off the sheet,
and they are done! You can use a sharp tipped object like a nail to
make a small hole near the top, and string some thin cord through to
hang it with. Or try using a paper hole punch for thicker ribbon!
Here are some
other photos of creative and decorative Aroma Ornies submitted by customers!
- Make plain,
single colored ornies, or use multiple colors to make a stained glass or
tie dye ornie! Make stripes in a candy cane shape! Sprinkle a few red
and white beads on top of a green tree shape! Add details to your ornies,
like eyes on a gingerbread man, or on a Halloween pumpkin!
- Add mica powder
and/or glitter before melting for a shimmery, pearlized effect!
- The fragrance
still remains strong even after baking, and should last for at least a
couple of months! These are not meant to be refreshed, they should be
sold as a disposable air freshener. Your customers should return to buy
replacements when the fragrance loses it's strength.
|Submitted by Laura C.
||Submitted by Anita G.
||Submitted by Laura C.
Package your Aroma
Ornie™ in a clear cello bag, and staple a paper tag folded over the top.
You can then use a paper hole punch to make a hole in the tag and hang the
packages on a store display rack. Or just skip the hole punch and set them
in a counter top box or basket type display. Or for something a little more
creative... how about using an inexpensive artificial Christmas tree! Just
package your ornies in cello bags tied at the top with ribbon or metallic
cord, and hang on the tree for a colorful holiday display! A great idea for
a year round display would be to hang them on a decorative key hook board on
a wall. A
mug tree would also work great!
- Do not set these
on wood surfaces as the oils can stain the wood!
- Do not set them
on painted surfaces or plastic surfaces as the oils can damage these
- Do not set on hot
surfaces or in extremely hot enclosed areas as plastic could melt!
- Keep out of the
reach of children and pets!
- The fragrance
will last for several months, depending on the fragrance, use, and