Continuing our crafty Easter this year is our next craft, the DIY handcrafted soap!
I have always shied away from making soap in the past, because I thought it was extremely complicated and a little dangerous. While making soap entirely from scratch can be both of those things, there are all sorts of pre-made soap bases that you can purchase that are easily melted down and can be shaped into any mold you want! I think my friends and family will be seeing a lot more handmade soap from us in the future. It was even easier than I imagined it would be.
Here is how we made ours:
DIY Handcrafted Soap Tutorial
Soap mold (this is the one we used, but I would use silicone in the future, because the soap was really hard to remove)
Dye (we just used paste food coloring, but I’m not sure if that was the most correct way- our soap ended up really soft, which is maybe the fault of the wrong dye?)
Step 1: Melt the soap in the microwave or over a double-boiler.
Step 2: Add the essential oil and color. Mix well.
Step 3: Pour into the mold. Allow to cool for about 2 hours.
Step 4: Apply gentle pressure to the center of the mold to release the soap.
Step 5: Package as desired!
It was seriously super-easy, and Monkey was able to do everything except pour the hot soap into the mold. Our bars sort of warped on the bottom, but we’ll do better next time! You must keep the mold flat at all times or the soap will warp like ours. But it wasn’t entirely our fault- our mold arrived bent. 😛
If you use this recipe to make your own soap, show us your results in the comments!
More Easter Fun:
Easter Egg Heads