11 Neat Things To Do With Jell-O (Besides Eat It)

This gelatinous treat shouldn’t be relegated to school cafeterias and Grandma’s dubious Jell-O salad. Discover new ways to enjoy this childhood staple.

1. Make some psychedelic treats for your next ’90s theme party.

You will need:

• 1 cup boiling water
• 1 cup tonic water
• 1 package of JELL-O
• Whipped Cream and Sprinkles for topping (optional)

The tutorial at Mom Advice suggests using green Jell-O as all colors do not glow with the same radiance. Note that while edible, the tonic water makes this very bitter.

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2. Or simulate a kid-friendly beach holiday with virgin Teddy Graham shots.

You will need:

• 1 box Teddy Grahams
• 1 box Fruit Roll-Ups
• Blue Raspberry Jell-O
• Decorator’s Frosting
• Drink umbrellas


• Gummi fish or sharks! Decorator’s Frosting

Detailed instructions can be found here, about halfway down the page.

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3. Create a light and fluffy flavored marshmallow snack.

You will need:

• 1 3oz. package jello (any flavor)
• 2/3 cup boiling water
• 1 cup sugar
• 3 tbsp. light corn syrup
• Powdered sugar

Once you’ve got your ingredients together, head over to Joy of Jell-O for step-by-step instructions.

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4. Make an edible work of modern art.

You will need:

• 4-6 three oz boxes of Jell-o in various colors (use four boxes if you want the top to be smooth.)
• One 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
• 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
• Boiling water

Intimate Weddings has easy to follow instructions on how to make this colorful treat.

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5. Or really commit to this, and make Jell-O origami cranes.

You will need:

• Cookie sheet
• Veining sheets
• Origami paper
• Water
• Food coloring
• Jell-O (any flavor)


• Unflavored gelatin
• Flavored extract (Vanilla, orange, etc.)

My Jello Americans has a video with easy-to-follow instructions.

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6. Pass the time on a rainy day with some homemade Play-Doh.

You will need:

• 1 cup white flour
• 1 cup warm water
• 2 tbsp salt
• 2 tbsp cream of tartar
• 2 tbsp cooking oil
• 1 pack Jell-O

Get the full low-down on how to make this at home over at Modern Parents, Mess Kids.

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7. Or get crafty with Jell-O finger paint.

You will need:

• Multiple flavors/colors of Jell-O
• Water

Pour Jell-O into individuals containers while boiling water. Slowly add boiling water to each container until Jell-O reaches the consistency of paste. Allow to cool and enjoy!

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8. If it’s nice out, throw together some pretty colored bubbles.

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You will need:

• 1/4 cup dishsoap
• 1/4 cup any flavor jello, any brand
• 2 - 2 1/2 cups warm water

To make, dissolve Jell-O in warm water. Gently mix in dish soap, being careful not to create suds. Enjoy! (Preferably outside so as not to stain furniture.)

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9. Or make your own flavored lip gloss.

You will need:

• Petroleum jelly
• Microwave safe bowl
• Jell-O (any flavor


• Sugar or glitter for extra sparkle


• Put a small amount of any petroleum jelly in a microwave safe bowl.
• Heat it up for 2:00.
• Stir it until ALL of it is liquid.
• If necessary, continue to heat at :30 increments.
• Mix in Jell-O flavoring and any optional ingredients.
• Put it into a jar and let it cool for about half an hour.

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10. Craft one-of-a-kind centerpieces for your next dinner party.

You will need:

• Jell-O (any flavor)
• Plastic flowers. Or substitute your own centerpiece ideas!
• Super/Crazy Glue
• Vases

In her directions for creating this unique piece of temporary decor, Rhody Life adds these might be edible but to err on the side of caution.

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11. And let your inner science geek out with a Jell-O powered fuel cell!

You will need:

• Lime Jell-O
• Yeast
• Candy thermometer
• Carbon paper
• Plant food
• Container

Over at Instructables, user Egbert Fitzwilly gives extremely detailed instructions on how to create this microbial fuel cell.

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