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Homemade Soap {Craft Camp}

Posted by  ·  June 2, 2011  ·  Last Updated: June 2, 2011

I am excited to be offering 30 days of fun crafts to keep kids active and entertained this summer! You won’t want to miss a day of these fun crafts for kids from some amazing bloggers!

Erin, from the beautiful blog House On Hill Road writes……..

One of my favorite kids’ crafts is making soap. It’s a great craft for kids of all ages. Older kids are able to do it all on their own and younger ones just need a little adult help. It’s fun and the results make great gifts, perfect for teachers, parents, grandparents and the holidays. We’ve even made soap to give as birthday party favors!

How to make Glycerine Soap

soap 1

To make glycerin soap, you’ll need:

plastic soap molds (plastic cups work as well)

vegetable cooking spray or petroleum jelly for coating the molds

pure glycerin soap (sold in blocks or cubes at craft stores)

microwave safe measuring cup with handle for melting the soap

red, yellow and blue soap dyes (also found at craft stores)

small plastic animals or trinkets

a chopstick or popsicle stick for stirring

soap 2

1. Prepare the molds. Spray the plastic molds with a small amount of cooking spray making sure to cover all areas. If you use too much spray, simply take a paper towel to wipe away the excess. Likewise, if you are using petroleum jelly, use just enough to lightly cover the mold.

2. Melt the soap. The size of your mold will determine how much soap you’ll need to begin. Start by melting smaller amounts of soap.  You can always add more.  Place cube(s) of soap in the measuring cup and microwave on high for 30 seconds. If some solid soap still remains, microwave in 10 second intervals until soap is melted, but not boiling. Remove the melted soap from the microwave. This is best done by an adult or older child as the SOAP IS HOT.

soap 3

soap 4

3. Add the color. Add a drop or two of the liquid soap dye to the melted soap. Too much dye will make your soap dark, so don’t overdo it. Mix the primary colors to get your desired shade. Then stir the dye into the soap using your chopstick or popsicle stick.

soap 5

soap 6

4. Partially fill the molds. Carefully pour the hot soap into the molds so that they are filled about a third of the way to the top. Let the soap cool for about 20 minutes and then place the plastic animal on top of the hardened soap.

soap 7

5. Finish the soap. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to melt and color the remaining soap. Pour a second layer of soap into the mold, covering the plastic animal. Let cool and harden for at least 2 hours. Once cool, turn the mold upside down and pop the soap out. To clean the molds, just use hot water. The soap should wash right off!

soap 9

You can also make the soap as described above without the trinkets. If you’d like a layered, rainbow look, pour small amounts into the molds and let them harden before adding another color layer. You can also add fragrance to your soaps with a drop or two of essential oils, or natural elements like poppy seeds or citrus peels, if desired. These are just some suggestions. I’m sure that you can come up with even more great ideas.

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  1. Monday, April 29th, 2013
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    Saturday, March 16th, 2013
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  3. Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    There is definately a great deal to know about this subject.
    I like all of the points you made.
  4. Maureen
    Friday, November 23rd, 2012
    I use the silicon molds for muffins with dinasaurs or bugs or trains and put erasers in mine the friends I have given them to say that before the kids wouldn't get in the bath now they can't get them out.
  5. Monday, October 22nd, 2012
    I want to start a business of soap making and want a favourable help for the same. you are reqested to kindly send me ful procedure of hand made glycrene soap
  6. Andrea
    Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
    I was wondering if there is a reason I can't use muffin tins for this? We're making these for party favors and will need several.
  7. Monday, April 23rd, 2012
    This is so much fun for my kidz
    All 4 of them like it
  8. rachel
    Sunday, February 12th, 2012
    going to the craft store today and cant wait to get to work and make some soap!! (:
  9. Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
    It's so cute.! What a great idea..Thanks for posting this..:D
  10. Saturday, September 24th, 2011
    hello, super blog! This is something the visitors to my site will enjoy reading so i've put a link to this in the 'recomended reads' section on my page as i think my visitors might read this. if you would like, i'd appreciate a link back.

    all the best
  11. dorothy
    Friday, June 3rd, 2011
    This looks like a great summer craft idea. Thanks so much for the clear directions and photos!
  12. Friday, June 3rd, 2011
    My sister in law gave me a soap making kit several years ago... and I have never gotten around to it. This post has inspired me to get it out and make soap with the kids this summer! Love the post and love the Craft Camp series. I am featuring it this week on my Sunday 6/5 Links to Love post over at www.momof6.com.
  13. Friday, June 3rd, 2011
    I wanted something to do has a hobby and you have given me some ideas, thank you so much. I will save this so that my other computer will print it out. I would appreciate your email address so that I could get even more ideas to do in spare time..maybe can use with garage sale. newly disabled and bored to death. Thank you again, janice fender
  14. Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
    I just linked to your making ice cream blog (I know it's old...but a good one)....on my own blog. :D
  15. Suzanne
    Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
    I didn't know this was so easy.
  16. tonya
    Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
    i've always wanted to make this soap. it is so cute! thanks for all the great photos and tutorial. my daughter is having a summer camp to earn some $$$ so this is perfect. thanks again for all your great ideas. you are amazing! tonya ;)
  17. Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
    My kids would love making this!
  18. Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
    My son would love this! We'd have to do this with spiders & frogs too. He's obsessed with spiders!