If you have ever wanted to make scented slime but didn’t want to buy the more expensive scented oils, there’s another option. It’s pretty sweet too but NOT edible. This fruit scented slime recipe uses a small scoop of fruit gelatin powder instead. You can still go ahead and make a batch of the jiggly stuff too (it’s actually cool science as well)! Our homemade slime recipes come in such a variety now, and this one is perfect for summer slime fun!


Make easy fruit scented slime recipe with JELLO gelatin powder. This recipe for slime smells amazing and uses our basic saline solution homemade slime recipe. Easy scented slime with no fragrance oils needed.


I LOVE the smell of citrus fruits, and I wanted to bring that to my basic saline solution slime recipe! Often times, scented slime uses special fragrance oils that cost a bit more.

However, this fruit scented slime recipe uses our favorite jello relating powder packets. Plus, you only need a little bit so there’s no reason why you can’t make your favorite jiggly treat afterward or save it for the next batch of slime.

If you are looking for an edible JELLO slime, click here.

Watch the video! Read the recipe and the science below!


This is a very smell-able slime! Not EDIBLE! If you want an edible version of this JELLO scented slime, click here and check out our JELLO slime dough.

The olfactory senses will go nuts with this easy to make recipe for slime! Of course, are slime recipes are already an amazing activity for the sense of touch, but now we have added the sense of smell too.

Afterward, go ahead and make the gelatin as directed on the package and you can eat science too. Wash hands after playing with your slime, and check out our gelatin heart science activity to learn more. You can use unflavored gelatin to make birdseed feeders too!

NOTE: Do not use sugar-free JELLO for this homemade slime recipe.

JELLO fruit scented slime recipe for kids summer slimes


All of our holiday, seasonal, and everyday slimes use one of five basic slime recipes that are super easy to make! We make slime all the time, and these have become our go-to favorite slime recipes!

I will always let you know which basic slime recipe we used in our photographs, but I will also tell you which of the other basic recipes will work too!  Usually you can interchange several of the ingredients depending on what you have on hand for slime supplies.

Here we use our Saline Solution Slime recipe.  Slime with saline solution is one of our favorite sensory play recipes!  We make it ALL the time because it is so quick and easy to whip up.   Four simple ingredients {one is water} are all you need.  Add color, glitter, sequins, and then you are done!

Where do I buy saline solution?

We pick up our saline solution in the grocery store! You can also find it on Amazon, Walmart, Target, and even at your pharmacy.

Now if you don’t want to use saline solution, you can absolutely test out one of our other basic recipes using liquid starch or borax powder. We have tested all these recipes with equal success!

NOTE: We have found that Elmer’s specialty glues tend to be a bit stickier than Elmer’s regular clear or white glue, and so for this type of glue we always prefer our 2 ingredient basic glitter slime recipe.

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We made three separate batches of this scented slime! Check out our fun theme for lemonade slime using JELLO too. Make sure to read through our recommended slime supplies. It’s so important to have the right supplies to make the best slime possible!

  • 1-2 TBSP Saline Solution (must contain boric acid and sodium borate, we use Target brand for sensitive eyes)
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Clear Washable PVA Glue (Elmer’s works well!)
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 TBSP Jello Gelatin Packets (lemon, strawberry, orange, lime)
  • Fruit Slices Confetti (optional but fun!)
  • Glitter (optional but fun!)
  • Food Coloring (optional)

Mixing fruit scented slime recipe with fun fruit confetti and jello powder


This slime uses our basic saline solution slime recipe. (It does not work well with the liquid starch slime recipe.)

Start by gathering your ingredients! I always encourage you to have a well-stocked pantry for making slime recipes!

Mix glue, water, JELLO powder, and baking soda in a bowl. Add confetti and glitter if desired.

lemon scented slime recipe

Our basic recipe directions call for a tbsp of saline solution to be added, but we found that we wanted at least a 1/2 tbsp more to achieve the desired consistency.

Less saline will be a stickier but stretchy slime, and the more solution the thicker and less sticky but less stretchy the slime will be. You can always add but you can not subtract!

Once you have mixed up the slime and you can see it’s pulling away from the bowl, and it is difficult to stir. Get ready to knead it! Kneading is extremely important and helps reduce the stickiness.

I like to knead the slime right in the bowl. Put a few drops of solution on your fingertips and go for it! Knead and squish and fold the slime into itself. This is the slime-mom method, just in case I need to drop everything and help someone find the shoe they are standing on!

Strawberry fruit scented slime recipe with fruit slices confetti for kids

Now your fruit scented slime is ready for sniffing, stretching, squishing, and popping!

lemon scented slime, orange scented slime, strawberry scented slime with JELLO and saline solution slime recipe


STEP 1:  In a bowl mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of glue well to combine completely.

STEP 2: Now’s the time to add the powder! 

STEP 3: Stir in 1/4- 1/2 tsp baking soda.

Baking soda helps to firm and form the slime. You can play around with how much you add but we prefer between 1/4 and 1/2 tsp per batch. I get asked all the time why do you need baking soda for slime. Baking soda helps to improve the firmness of the slime. You can experiment with your own ratios!

STEP 4: Mix in 1 tbsp saline solution and stir until slime forms and pulls away from sides of the bowl.   This is exactly how much you will need with the Target Sensitive Eyes brand, but other brands may differ slightly!

If your slime still feels too sticky, you may need a few more drops of saline solution. As I mentioned above, start by squirting a few drops of the solution onto your hands and kneading your slime longer. You can always add but you can’t take away.  A saline solution is preferred over the contact solution.

STEP 5:  Start kneading your slime! It will appear stringy at first but just work it around with your hands and you will notice the consistency changes. You can also put it in a clean container and set it aside for 3 minutes, and you will also notice the change in consistency! 

SLIME TIP:   We always recommend kneading your slime well after mixing. Kneading the slime really helps to improve its consistency. The trick with this slime is to put a few drops of the saline soluti9n onto your hands before picking up the slime.

You can knead the slime in the bowl before you pick it up as well. This slime is stretchy but can be stickier. However, keep in mind that although adding more activator (saline solution) reduces the stickiness, and it will eventually create a stiffer slime.

You will love how easy and stretchy this KEYWORD slime is to make, and play with too!  Once you have your desired slime consistency, time to have fun!  How big of a stretch can you get without the slime breaking?


Slime lasts quite a while! I get a lot of questions regarding how I store my slime. We use reusable containers in either plastic or glass. Make sure to keep your slime clean and it will last for several weeks. I love the deli-style containers I have listed in my recommended slime supplies list.

If you want to send kids home with a bit of slime from a camp, party, or classroom project, I would suggest packages of reusable containers from the dollar store or grocery store or even Amazon. For large groups, we have used condiment containers and labels as seen here.

We have the best resources to look through before, during, and after making your (KEYWORD) slime! Make sure to go back and read the slime science above too!


We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here!  Slime is an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too!   Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross-linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!

What’s slime science all about?  The borate ions in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross-linking!

The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until…

You add the borate ions to the mixture,  and it then starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with and thicker and rubbery like slime! Slime is a polymer.

Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms, the tangled molecule strands are much like the clump of spaghetti!

Is slime a liquid or solid?

We call it a Non-Newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!  Experiment with making the slime more or less viscous with varying amounts of foam beads. Can you change the density?

Did you know that slime aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? 

It does and you can use slime making to explore states of matter and its interactions. Find out more below…

Easy scented fruit slime recipe

If you have been wanting to make a fun fruit scented slime recipe with your kids, our easy recipe is perfect for you! Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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You will find everything you ever wanted to know about making homemade slime right here, and if you have questions, just ask me!


Try more fun homemade slime recipes right here. Click on the link or on the image below.

liquid starch slime homemade recipes


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  1. Hello my Favorite Slime Advisor,
    If you did want to scent slime with oils and you were making take home kits would you add the oils to the glue or to the saline solution?

  2. Hmm, great question! I actually don’t know what would happen if you scented the glue ahead of time! Maybe someone else will share an experience!

  3. Me again! Now I am wondering how you got the much more clear slime pictured by itself as opposed to the three colors together? I used jello and got a translucent slime but would love a more clear slime result like the first picture in this post.

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