DIY Water Bead Air Freshener

August 10, 2017

Want to add some fun fragrance to your home? Use water beads to create an easy DIY Water Bead Air Freshener!

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Out of our five senses, our sense of smell is definitely at the top for me.  As a DIY and food-focused lifestyle blogger, I connect with different scents each and every day.  They are such an important part of my craft projects and recipes.  

I’ve made so many different fragrance projects over the years like candles, scented gel jars, and other air fresheners.  Without my sense of smell, I wouldn’t be able to make oil blends for these projects or tell the strength of a candle I made.

When you eat, you engage all five senses.  But when you cook, there’s nothing better than the smell of a delicious dinner or something sweet being baked!  Of course, scent is also a major part of keeping myself and my home smelling fresh and clean!  

That’s why I absolutely love Tone® Body Wash!  With Tone®, I can enjoy so many fun fragrances in body washes that feel absolutely luxurious!  During my last trip to Walmart, I spoiled myself with a few different Tone® Body Wash scents.  

Tone® Radiant Glow Body Wash

Radiant Glow is an illuminating body wash with lotus blossom fragrance and diamond dust to make your skin glow!  Shine bright like a diamond and keep your skin hydrated with this body wash.

Tone® Brazilian Glam™ Body Wash

Brazilian Glam™ will whisk you away on a tropical vacation every time you shower!  This nourishing body wash is infused with Brazil Nut Oil to moisturize the skin.  The sweet scent of Maracujá (passion fruit) will make you feel like you just came back from the beaches of Brazil!

Tone® Mango Splash® Body Wash

Mango Splash® is fresh and fruity!  Cocoa butter leaves the skin smooth and moisturized.  The sweet scent of mango and papaya will make it feel like summer every time you shower!

I use Tone® Radiant Glow Body Wash to embrace my inner sparkle, Tone® Brazilian Glam™ Body Wash to feel confident and sexy, and Tone® Mango Splash® Body Wash to unleash my fresh and fun side! #HowITone

Check out Tone®‘s complete line of body washes!

Since I was in the mood for fragrance, I grabbed supplies to make a couple DIY water bead air fresheners.  Have you used water beads before?  They’re tiny little gel beads that expand in water. Many people use them to fill vases or make sensory play projects for kids.  Today, I’m sharing an easy way to turn water beads into an air freshener!


  • 1 tbsp. water beads
  • 2 glass jars, or Mason jars
  • 100% essential oil
  • Optional: leather cord and 2 small seashells


  1. Add a tablespoon of water beads to a large bowl.  Fill the bowl with water and let the water beads sit overnight and expand.
  2. Once water beads have expanded, drain the water.
  3. Fill jars with the water beads and add your favorite essential oils.
  4. Start with 10 drops of oil and increase drops from there, depending on how strong you want your jar to smell.
  5. If you want to decorate your jar, wrap leather cord around the top of the jar.  Cut to size.
  6. Using a sharp knife, carefully whittle a hole into a small seashell (make sure the shell is thin).
  7. String the shell onto the leather cord and tie it securely around the top of the jar.
  8. Display your water bead air fresheners in different rooms of the house!

Makes 2 air fresheners.

These jars turned out great!  The next morning after making mine, my entire house smelled like a beautiful blend of patchouli and orange!  Some of the essential oil will settle at the bottom of the jar.  Just replace the lid and give it a good shake every now and then to redistribute it.

The beads will shrink over time, but you can add more water to re-hydrate them.  Once the water beads have absorbed water again, you can add more essential oil, as well.  These water bead air fresheners are perfect for the bathroom or any room of the house that needs a little uplifting scent!

Want to envelop your skin in gorgeous scents?  Look for Tone® Body Wash at Walmart where all other body washes and bath soaps are sold. Download the Ibotta app and earn $2 when you purchase 2 Tone® Body Washes!


What’s your favorite Tone® Body Wash scent?


  • Reply Miranda August 10, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Woah this is so cool!

  • Reply loveforlacquer August 10, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    This is freaking genius!

  • Reply Phyrra August 10, 2017 at 9:08 PM

    The seashell is such a cute touch!

    • Reply Jessica August 11, 2017 at 10:27 AM

      Thanks! I love anything with a beachy/mermaid theme!

  • Reply Cris of Kiss My Tulle August 10, 2017 at 9:13 PM

    I had no idea that this is how you made water beads.

    • Reply Jessica August 11, 2017 at 10:28 AM

      Aren’t they cool? I had no idea there would be so many and that they would blow up so big after soaking overnight. Fun stuff!

  • Reply geniabeme August 10, 2017 at 9:35 PM

    Super cute and looks super easy!!

  • Reply Brooke August 10, 2017 at 10:49 PM

    It looks so pretty sitting there, too! My biggest thing is I want it to look as good as it smells. Totally doing this!

    • Reply Jessica August 11, 2017 at 10:32 AM

      Exactly! I hate how most of these air fresheners are in big, plastic containers. This is so much prettier!

    • Reply Deborah October 18, 2022 at 4:43 PM

      Do you refresh basicly the same way

      • Reply Jessica October 18, 2022 at 7:22 PM

        Yes! To refresh, just make sure that your beads are still wet (if not, add enough water for them to absorb) and add essential oil.

  • Reply Carrie R August 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    This is such a great idea! I never would have thought to do this. 🙂

  • Reply emmymom2 August 11, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    That is so fun and love how DIY can save you so much money

    • Reply Jessica August 11, 2017 at 1:31 PM

      Thanks so much! Yes, I love when I can make things myself. It definitely tends to be cheaper and I can add my own personal touches. 🙂

  • Reply sayhellonature August 11, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    I want one of these in every room of my house now! So many options for delicious scents

    • Reply Jessica August 12, 2017 at 8:48 AM

      Yes! These are completely customizable so each room could have its own scent!

  • Reply Grammy Dee August 19, 2017 at 10:17 PM

    Great idea, going to have to give it a try! I saw your post linked at the THURSDAY FAVORITE THINGS 301 party. I pinned it on Pinterest

    • Reply Jessica August 20, 2017 at 9:11 AM

      Thanks so much for pinning! Enjoy making your own water bead air freshener!

  • Reply Esther January 8, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    This is such a great idea. I’ve been looking for some fun DIY projects to do and this will be perfect. Love the idea?

    • Reply Jessica January 9, 2019 at 10:13 AM

      Thanks, Esther! This is definitely a fun, easy little project. Plus, it’ll make your home smell great! 🙂

  • Reply Brynn January 18, 2019 at 6:26 PM

    I love this idea! Great Idea! Love the beach theme!

    • Reply Jessica January 18, 2019 at 8:15 PM

      Thank you! It’s such an easy DIY that will make your home smell amazing!

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  • Reply Sid July 19, 2021 at 11:49 PM

    This is super cute and can’t wait to try it.

    How long will the scent last? Few days, weeks?

    • Reply Jessica July 20, 2021 at 7:22 AM

      Thank you! The scent should last about a week. Although you can always add more essential or fragrance oil to it if you want a stronger scent.

  • Reply Linda August 26, 2021 at 11:44 AM

    Where to find water beads?

  • Reply Robin C December 24, 2021 at 12:49 AM

    Does the EO’s not melt the beads? I know many of the oils can’t be used with plastics, is why I ask. Love the idea so much! Thank you for sharing this! Xoxo

    • Reply Jessica December 24, 2021 at 12:09 PM

      Hi Robin! I’ve never had that happen when I’ve made these so you should be okay. Just make sure to give the beads a good shake after you apply the EO and you shouldn’t have any problems. So glad you like this idea! 🙂

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