I have to say that making soap could be my newest addiction. Today's DIY is a fun, Valentine's Day themed soap post - get crafty and clean at the same time!! I worked on these with my crafty pal Sonya Nimri, and I must say that they turned out pretty fantastic. It's an awesome crafternoon project to gather friends with and you can all split the cost of supplies to make it a completely budget friendly project!
First off, you'll need some soaps - a clear glycerine, high temperature soap as well as an opaque one which can both be snagged at your local craft store.
Next, you'll need a container to melt the soap in, preferably one that can be used solely for your soapmaking...
We started off with a few chunks of clear soap, put them in our container, and then melted them in the microwave for about a minute. Keep your eyes peeled when you melt - depending on how much soap you use and how your microwave cooks (my micro doesn't cook anything even, so I always need to stir and reheat) the timing will vary.
With our melted soap, we poured it into the plastic top of the glass container that was used to form a thin layer. We added some red dye (just a few drops - it works just like food coloring, so you don't need a ton)...
...and let it solidify in our container top.
Using some alphabet cookie cutters...
...we picked our letters and began to press them into the solidified red wax. We wanted our letters to be thin, so using the shallow container top worked like a charm!
Once we pressed the metal cutters into the wax, we carefully removed the letters with a popsicle stick!
My OMG letters were ready to continue on the soap making journey!
Using a soap mold in the shape of a heart (even if this wasn't V Day themed, I'd still make soap in the shape of hearts to use daily!) we placed the letters into the mold face down and lined them up.
We used a thin layer of clear wax to coat and seal the letters in place and then let the wax harden before filling the mold with a milky yellow-ish shade of wax. (This was opaque white wax that we dyed with yellow.) Once the mold was filled, we let the soap marinate to fully solidify before taking it out. Voila!!
It was a busy day of soap making...look at the rad selection we came up with!
I'm so in love with anything handmade and personalized, so these were such a blast to make! Plus, they are easy enough for kids to get involved with too, which makes them family activity friendly! Anyone else work with soap before?
Happy Wednesday, friends!