Ways To Make Extra Money At Home – Start Living A More Comfortable Life!
Making money from home is, in fact, something a lot of us dream about, but then comes the thought how exactly do we do that?
Well, thankfully there are more ways to make extra money at home than you think, and honestly, this may be a little different from your usual “how to make money online” list, because these have actually been proven to work!
Are you ready?
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Aroma Bead Car Fresheners
May sound like it may be difficult, but its actually a lot easier than you would think!
The part that can be difficult is when you start incorporating designs into your work but keep in mind the more work you add the more you can sell them for.
Typically when you think of an air freshener you think of them being priced at around $2 each.
These actually go anywhere from $6 – $20 range, and there are actually a lot of people who buy them!
One great thing I love about these is the startup cost isn’t that much. Within your first batch you are more than likely to make your money back and some!
So here is a list of things you’ll need to make them:
- Clear Aroma Beads (I like to use unscented so you can create your own scents)
- Candle Dyes (For coloring your beads)
- Cookie Cutters (Make sure they’re steel because you will be placing these in the oven)
- Aroma Scents
- Plastic Bags (Zip Lock bags won’t work) (For after you make your smellies you can place them in seal able bags, which also give it a more professional look)
- Tags (I like to use tags rather than stickers because your customers are more likely to keep a tag if they like your item, if you have a sticker on your plastic bag they’ll more than likely just throw the whole thing away)
Tada! Now you’re on your way to making some amazingly beautiful yummy smelling car fresheners!
Now keep in mind the plastic bags and tags are optional, I just recommend them because it’ll hold the smell in and will also give it a cute professional look.
For the tags, I recommend adding your name and some form of contact information so if they or someone else wants to purchase more (Which they more than likely will!) they will have that information.
Then, on the back of the tag, you can add which smell they chose for this air freshener!
How To Make Aroma Bead Air Fresheners
Okay, so here is how you make them.
Now that you have your supplies and are ready to go here is the next step!
Creating the bead color and fragrance
- (I recommend using a glass metal or ceramic mixing bowl for this) Mix a drop of your liquid candle dye with every ounce of fragrance used, this doesn’t have to be precise, but I recommend starting off with just one drop of dye as you can always add more, the more drops you use the deeper the color will be.
- Add your aroma beads (1 cup or aroma beads per oz of fragrance) and mix well until liquid fragrance blends evenly over beads. Keep mixing now and then until you can see that the oil is completely absorbed by the beads.
- Here is the patience part! The fragrance can take anywhere from 24 hours to 1 week to completely absorb into the beads. If their is still fragrance present after a week, add more beads until the extra liquid is absorbed. Keep in mind if you bake these without the fragrance oil being completely absorbed the scent will not last as long as it should.
Baking The Molds
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Place parchment paper on a baking sheet, then place your cookie cutters on your baking pan. (try to cut your parchment paper to the same size of your baking sheet to assure your cookie cutters can lay flat and even on the baking sheet,
- Place a roofing nail in your cookie cutters where you want the string to be on your air freshener.
- Place your aroma beads inside your cookie cutters (fill about 3/4) and design them how you would like them to look. Be sure that the tip of your nail is sticking out a little so the hole goes all the way through.
- Lightly push down your aroma beads to assure they’re all snug in their molds.
- Bake from 8-12 minutes. I recommend starting off at 8 minutes, and if your beads aren’t done the cooking, then bake them a little long, but keep an eye on them! If you over bake them they will have sharp peaks and will be hard to get out of the molds. Some people like the look more when they have been over baked. So maybe just play around a little with the baking times to see what you like best!
- When they’re done baking, removed your pan from the oven and place on a heat proof surface, then when the freshies are almost cooled you pop them out of their molds.
- If you forgot to add your roofing nails you can use a drill bit and drill a hole into your freshie, but be careful and be sure to hold on tight to your freshie.
- Bake molds that are around the same size to assure they all bake at an even consistency.
- As soon as your molds completely cool, place them in your bags to keep them fresh.
- You can premix colors in your beads and store them in an air tight container (like a mason jar) so you do not have to color prep every time you want to make an air freshener.
- Be sure your oven is completely heated prior to added in your molds.
- Try doing one or two molds your first time doing this to make sure they come out right, and to assure you don’t need to critique your baking times and or temperature. Some people find theirs bake best at 325 degrees, other recommend 350.
- If you have a hard time removing your molds from their cookie cutters, you can always spray them with a non-stick spray prior to filling them with your aroma beads. (This is when testing out 1 or 2 at first can come in handy)
- Placing the thin part of the cookie cutter on the baking sheet will make it easier to remove the mold after cooling,
- Using a chop stick can help evenly push the beads around the mold to assure they’re all in their snug.
- Do not leave your molds in their cookie cutters for a long time, this can make it harder for them to remove!
- Cellophane bags (like I added before which I also have a link to ones I recommend) are the best to use, these keep them fresh and hold in the fragrance. DO NOT try to use zip lock bags as the fragrance can leak out, and if they’re stacked on top of each other will contaminate each others smells.
Now you’re ready to rock!!
Don’t forget… have lots of fun!
So here we can see that this is a great way to make money at home, pricing them at what you feel they’re worth, and then spreading the word you’ll be making some good extra money in no time!