Simple Soap Making: A Fun Craft for the Whole Family

Create beautiful handmade soaps using pre-packaged products.

 Hand made green glycerine soap in gift box

With bath & body products being such a fun trend in the craft industry, I've been wanting to try making my own soap for a long time. I finally found some great products that make this a fun, easy and inexpensive way to create gorgeous soaps that are so pretty you'll be tempted to display them in your bathroom with a "do not disturb" sign! 

With pre-packaged soap already scored, small containers of scent and color, and cute molds in all shapes and designs, I decided I liked the products from Life of the Party. The molds are great because they can be used over and over. If you choose to add colorant and fragrance to your soap I assure you a little will go a long way and you'll have plenty to use for future projects. 


Let's Go!

Materials:

  • Pre-mixed soap product (mine was already scored, making it very easy to cut)
  • Sharp knife 
  • Wax paper 
  • Glass container for melting soap
  • Microwave
  • Optional: soap colors (note: glycerin soap base requires a different dye formula than the goat's milk soap base)
  • Optional: soap fragrances 
 

Video Demonstrations:

For video demonstrations, click the white triangle "play" button in the center of each of the two images below.

 

Video demonstration of cutting up soap and melting to use in soap molds.

 
 

Video demonstration of adding scent and/or dye and pouring melted soap into molds.

 
 

Instructions:

 
 

Place soap on wax paper and use a sharp knife to cut into 1" cubes. Melt cubes in a microwave-safe glass container for 30 seconds. Stir to mix up and continue to melt in 10-second intervals until all product is melted. 

 
 

Add fragrance and colorant (if you choose to), stirring in and adding a few drops at a time. Work quickly before the soap starts to harden. Spoon or pour mixture into your chosen molds and let dry for at least 30 minutes.

 
 

Carefully turn over molds and push your soap out! You'll be amazed how easily and quickly you can make such pretty soap for yourself or as a special gift. This could be a really fun project to do with kids, too (making sure to supervise the cutting and melting of product). Clean up for your knife, spoon and container is super easy...it's soap after all!

 
 

You might also enjoy my other DIY & Crafts posts, including Sweet-Smelling Hand-Made Bath Bombs, and Charlotte's Lace where I show you how to use vintage laces to enhance handmade cards.

 
 
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Minimal supplies make this project easy and inexpensive, and it's fun for all ages! Use the same technique to make trivets and placemats.