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How to Make Your Own Montessori Smelling Bottles

I love the beauty of Montessori materials. While I wish I could purchase them all, I can’t. Thankfully, there are ways to bring Montessori into the home without breaking the bank. One such way is to make the materials, and Montessori smelling bottles are easy to DIY.

DIY Montessori Smelling Bottles - make your own smelling bottles using a few simple household items

The smelling bottles are a part of the early childhood Montessori Sensorial lesson sequence, focusing on the olfactory sense. Children and adults, alike, can have fun with the smelling jars, and they’re easily adaptable for different seasons and themes.

DIY Montessori Smelling Bottles

Making the smelling bottles is pretty straight forward and can be done with items you already have at home. I found our bottles at a local art supply store, but you can find them in the travel section of your grocery store or online.

For this set of bottles, I used three different extracts we had on-hand. The beauty of these materials, though, is that you can choose your own scents based on the season, themes you’re working on, or your child’s interests.



  • Small bottles
  • Cotton balls
  • Various scents (I used Vanilla, Peppermint, and Lemon extracts)


To make your own sensory bottles, put a cotton ball into two of the small bottles. Place a few drops of vanilla extract on each cotton ball. Repeat this process with the peppermint and lemon extracts, using two bottles for each scent. It’s best to start with only two or three pairs of bottles.

I placed colored sticker dots on the bottom of each the pairs. This builds in control of error to the lesson and allows the child to self-correct as needed.

Once the bottles are ready, it’s time to your child to do the work by using a traditional Montessori approach.

Your children will love using these homemade Montessori sensory bottles. Trust me.

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