Easy and Cute Soap DIY

by - 6:39 PM

Two things are happening this weekend: a friend's going away party and Valentine's Day. I bought a bunch of supplies for soap making back in December when I was working on another project, and since I already have everything I need, I decided to make some cute soap as a gift for both events! I do have some more things planned for Valentine's Day, which I will share tomorrow, but since my boyfriend's super fussy about germs, I thought this would be a nice gift for him. Full instructions including some presentation ideas are below the cut!

For this DIY, you will need:
  • one pound of soap base
  • soap color and fragrance of your choice
  • molds of your choosing
  • microwavable bowls
  • a knife/something to stir with
  • a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol (optional)
Part one: Cut up half a pound of soap base and put it in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds on high, stir, then microwave in 10 second intervals until smooth. Make sure to stir slowly because stirring quickly will cause air bubbles to appear in your soap!
Next, add in your fragrance. Use around one drop of scent per ounce of soap -- for a quarter pound, this equals eight drops. 
Add in your color now. Keep in mind the color of your soap base! Mine is white, so I added red and got a nice shade of pink. Pour the soap carefully into your molds and spray rubbing alcohol to get rid of any air bubbles. Let the soap sit in the fridge for at least an hour.
Part two: Cut up your soap into small triangles. Keep in mind that these are going to go back into your molds. I also cut out a paper heart stencil and used that to carve a square of soap into a heart. You could also use cookie cutters in the shape of your choosing. 
Melt the rest of your soap base and scent and color it like before. This time, use a different color. I chose blue, light pink, and purple (which turned out gray blue). Then, carefully pour the melted soap over your soap triangles/shapes. Try to get it in all the corners! Spray with rubbing alcohol to get rid of air bubbles. Let the soap set again for at least an hour.
The soap should pop out of the mold easily, but if you're having trouble, try pulling the sides of the mold a little to loosen it. I included a picture of how I wrapped my soap afterwards below. I think using iridescent cellophane is an easy way to have a big effect -- I love how the color of it changes depending on how the light hits it! A bag with a print on it looks nice and is easy too, and the gift inside is a little more of a surprise that way! The whole process is a lot of fun, so I hope you try it out! I'll have a last-minute DIY Valentine's gift up here tomorrow, so look forward to it!

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