Ann Reardon

3D jelly spiders and flowers dessert jello recipe


Arachnophobia or fear of spiders affects nearly one third of the population, add to that the fear of needles and this is one scary post.  These flowers and spiders are made by injecting a milk based gelatin mixture into a clear jelly.

jello recipe dessert

Gelatine flowers have their origins in Mexico where they are called gelatina floral.  The spiders originated in my kitchen after my boys were not impressed with ‘pretty’ jellies.  Watch the video below for directions on how to make these amazing edible 3D creations.


Equipment that I used:
Needle: hypodermic nipro flomax 19G X 38MM
Syringe: 10mL (0.34 fluid ounces) luer lock latex free  (if you buy more than one you will not have to wash it out every time you want a different colour, I purchased these and the needles on ebay)
Plastic and metal spoons and flat firm plastic cut to a petal shape
Optional a small toy spider or a carrot carved into shape

jell-o art gelatina artistica

Clear jello recipe

1 Litre or 4 cups water
300g (10.58 ounces) or 1 1/3 cup plus 2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp citric acid (or other clear flavoring)
56g (1.98 ounces) or 4 Tbsp powdered gelatine
additional 1 cup or 250ml cold water

Mix together the gelatine and 1 cup of cold water and leave to absorb the water.

Place the 1L (0.26 gallons) water, sugar and citric acid into a saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved.

Stir through the gelatine until it dissolves and then pour into container and leave in the fridge to set.

Milk based Jello recipe for the pattern

20g (0.71 ounces) or 2 tablespoons gelatine
125millilitres (4.23 fluid ounces) or 1/2 cup water
395g (13.93 ounces) tin sweetened condensed milk
Full cream milk add to the sweetened condensed milk to make a total of 500millilitres (16.91 fluid ounces) or 2 cups liquid.
Food colours (pink, blue, yellow) & cocoa powder or dark chocolate to make brown

Mix together the gelatine and cold water and leave to swell.

Heat the sweetened condensed milk and milk in a saucepan until it just starts to boil.  Remove from heat and stir through the gelatine until it is melted.  Split into smaller bowls to colour.  If the mixture sets before you’re ready to use it – remelt in the microwave or on the stovetop.

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246 Comments View Comments

  1. Hello it very nice, can you please tell me where can I buy bulk of gelatin. Thank you soo much

  2. hi ann !!!
    Prepare jelly that you are very beautiful!

  3. hi ann !!
    Would you please give more videos ????

  4. Ann do you need whole milk or can you use 1% or 2% instead

    • i used whole milk but the other will probably still work

  5. Hi
    It s so beautiful . I want to make it for my son’s birthday,

  6. You make this look so easy! They are beautiful, even the spiders

  7. Hi Ann, do I need to use the needle in order to make the flower?

  8. Do you have to use full cream milk or can you use regular milk?

  9. Hi i like your jelly but how i can make somethink like a spider ???

  10. hi ann , this recipe can be made how many jelly ?,please answer my question

  11. hi ,this recipe can made how many jelly ?

  12. Hi Ann ,
    Yesterday I made some of those , they look pretty good for the first Time 🙂 Unfortunately I’m not able to get them out of the container , do i have to use some Cooking Spray or something else ( hot water didn’t work).. Because in Germany we don’t Have Cooking spray
    Do you have any advice for me?

  13. Hi Ann, where can I buy the containers please.
    Thank you!

    • you can get them on ebay

  14. Do you have to use sweetened condensed milk? Can you just use regular milk with sugar?

    • no, the condensed milk has more milk solids in it so that you can see it inside the jelly

  15. Can you use liquid flavorings, or do they need to be powdered?

    • yes you can use liquid ones

  16. Ann, I am dying to make this jello art and soo happy to find it on here! I tried making the base jello but it’s too cloudy kinda browish instead of clear jello. I use Agar gelatin. Please let me know what brand of gelatin you used?

    • Hi Pa, agar agar is different to gelatin, the one that I have here is wards gelatin it does not contain any agar, just gelatin

  17. Hi, Ann!
    I added the same amount of water as the recipe has and my gelatin was too liquid. Do you know if it is possible that here in Cyprus, we have diffrent gelatin?
    Here’s a photo of how it looked (after it looked even worse

    • Hi Anna is looks pretty good, but I assume from your comment that the gelatin is too soft is that correct? Some gelatins have different strengths. The gelatin I have says 14g or one tablespoon sets 500ml liquid, check your label and adjust accordingly.

  18. You are incredible like a miracle!!!! YOU’RE AWESOME,ANN!!!

    • haha, thanks

  19. Hello, is there an alternative to using needles??? My parents don’t want me to buy them and the local chemist won’t let me…

    • Hi Bea not for this one I’m afraid, I did try without but you just can’t get the solution down into the jelly.

    • You could try using an infants medicine syringe that comes in most Tylenol boxes, and try attaching a Capri-Sun straw.

  20. But I live in Bulgaria!

    • I suggest you try google search for cake decorating sotres in your area, or ask at a local bakery or cake shop where they source their from.

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