Create fragrant, flowering soap to make hand washing a little more enjoyable these days. An easy gift and satisfying craft project, ready in under an hour!
Happy Thursday! Satisfy your craving for flowers with this easy craft project!
These decorative soap flowers are easy to “grow” and would be appreciated by neighbors,
friends and teachers in our new era of constant hand washing!
In addition to being useful and pretty, they take less than 10 minutes to come together,
ready to gift in under an hour, so they check all the boxes for a satisfying craft.
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I started with half a package of Goat Milk Suspension Soap Base I had leftover
along with some Shea Butter Soap Base.
The soap bases come in 2 lb. packages.
Both are ‘melt and pour’ soap bases so you can use either one to make your soap;
shea butter is known for its moisturizing qualities.
I’ve found the soap bases at Hobby Lobby and Michaels in the past, but both of
my area stores were out of stock when I checked a couple of weeks ago
so I ordered the soap from Amazon.
The soap base comes scored in cubes and is soft, so it’s easy to cut with a kitchen knife
and break off the amount you want to use. Follow the directions on the package for melting,
either in the microwave or using a double boiler. I used the microwave, heating it
in 30 second intervals on high, stirring until melted.
I recommend only melting 1 lb. at a time instead of the entire 2 lb. package.
Once your soap base is melted, add the fragrance oil of your choice.
I used approximately 20 drops of Lavender-Rosemary Oil for 2 lbs. of soap base.
Stir in your colorant a few drops at a time, until you reach your desired shade.
Note: Make sure the colorant you use is designated as safe for skin.
Pour your soap mix into your molds and allow it to set until firm, about 40 minutes.
When bars are set, flex the silicone molds and the soap should release easily.
The cavities of my molds hold about 3 ounces and I got 14 bars of soap
out of 3 pounds of soap base.
Bonus: The silicone flower molds I used are food-grade silicone
so you could use them for baking flowers too. :)
I decided the peach flowers were paler than I wanted after they firmed up,
so I simply remelted the soap, stirred in more color and re-poured it.
I found silicone flower soap dishes in an affordable 4-pack!
The flower soap dishes are designed so the soap can drain in the dish,
while sitting by the sink or tub. . . a fun addition and way to wrap and gift the soap!
A note about “glycerin dew” :
The humidity has been off the charts! I noticed as I was taking photos on the porch,
which is where I have the best light, that the soap felt slippery and wet.
I didn’t notice this last year with my Bee-utiful Lavender-Rosemary Soap Bars.
After a little online searching, I discovered that melt and pour soap has extra glycerin
added during the manufacturing process. The glycerin makes the soap easy to work
with and acts as a humectant. When the humidity is high (hello -> North Carolina in August!)
the glycerin in the soap pulls moisture from the air, causing it to sweat.
If you live where the humidity is high, keep your soap dry and free of
“glycerin dew” before you gift it by wrapping it in plastic wrap or
store it an airtight container with rice or silica gel packets.
I saw a video on YouTube on how to shrink wrap your soap using a heat gun
and plastic wrap, so it looks nice and tidy.
I used my Stretch-Tite®, the world’s best plastic wrap and the only wrap
I’ve used for the past 25 years. It stretches so tight (hence the name :)
the soap is practically shrink wrapped, without needing a heat gun.
I’m joining my blogging friends for a Creative Craft Blog Hop today.
A special “thank you” to our hosts, Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate
and Andrea of Design Morsels for organizing this hop.
You’ll find more craft projects at the links below:
Celebrate and Decorate | Design Morsels | My Thrift Store Addiction
Debbees Buzz | My Family Thyme | White Arrows Home
Home Is Where The Boat Is | Chas’ Crazy Creations | B4andAfters
The Painted Apron | Purple Hues And Me | Bluesky At Home
Zucchini Sisters | My Hubbard Home | Birdz Of A Feather
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I love this idea but am a little bit confused about the soap cubes and the Shea butter, proportions etc. I love the silicone molds! Thanks for this.
Hi Beverly, The cubes in the photo are the Shea Butter Soap Base. You can use Shea Butter Soap Base or Goat Milk Soap Base, I used both since I had some Goat Milk left from another project. Just melt, add color and fragrance and pour in molds. :)
Thanks Mary! I have not been successful in finding those adorable little flower cups,
Hi Beverly, I’m not sure what you’re referring to. Do you mean the flower soap molds? They’re available from Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3bwHutk
The flower soap dishes are available here: https://amzn.to/3lW9Yle
Mary, I have all my soap making materials ready to go as soon as I get in the mood to do a craft for Christmas presents. Your blog may well inspire me to get going. I was kind of waiting for a break from this heat and humidity and the weather forecast say we may see that next week. So ready for fall!
Thanks for you visits and comments Kathy. I’m beyond ready for fall too, stay cool! ♥
Oh what a pretty and fun craft Mary! Thanks for sharing and providing the links for supplies. I can’t wait to get started. Kathy P
Thank you for your visit Kathy and have fun with your soap! ♥
Mary, These soaps look so professional. I would have never guessed they were so easy to make and those little flower soap dishes are perfect together with them!
Hi Teresa, yes they’re so easy to make it feels like cheating :) Thank you for your visit, Happy Friday ♥
WOW!! Another great craft and idea for gifts! Thank you!!
Thank you Ellen! Hope you’re staying cool and safe ♥
What a fun and fabulous craft and aren’t you smart to make a lovely soap right now when we are all madly washing our hands! The soap dishes you found are adorable, you are all set for Christmas gifts! I’ve never made soap, sounds like fun and the molds are adorable, have you used them for baking? I will look for Stretch Tight, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. Great tips and such a thorough tutorial, thanks Mary, the soaps look beautiful!! Happy hopping!
Pretty and crafty, the perfect combo.
Your soap turned out very pretty! I agree, soap is an easy, fun thing to make!
Your soaps look to pretty, Mary, and thanks for all the tips. I only use that plastic wrap, too, and a roll lasts me for years!!! Your little soap dishes make for a perfect vessel for gifting the soap. 💜
Thank you dear Kitty! I checked your weather to see if you would have any impact from Hurricane Laura and see you’re under a heat wave and advisory, stay cool. ♥
There’s nothing better than homemade soap, especially in these times! Thanks for sharing this awesome, pretty looking process!
Just adorable, Mary. Thanks for the tutorial, you really did think of everything to make this a perfect gift giving idea.
Thanks for the great idea. Will head to Micheal’s to look for molds.P.S Made the cookies with the secret ingredient, Good!
This turned out so cute and I love it! Wonderful craft hopping with you friend!
These look beautiful Mary and I imagine that they have a divine scent. These would be great gifts and don’t appear to be very labor intensive. Yay! Stretch Tite is all we use too. It’s perfect for sealing things. Between the wonderful recipes you’ve shared and the soaps, you could make a useful basket for anyone who needs an uplifting “happy” gift. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your week! Clara♥️
Thank you Clara! Yes, the soap is super simple to make and has a wonderful fragrance. Stretch Tite is the best, isn’t it? I panic when I get close to the end and can’t find another roll. :) Thank you for your visits and sweet comments, Happy Friday ♥
Thanks Mary for another fun soap making project. I have enjoyed making the lavender and rosemary soaps in the bee molds from your previous post and have been giving them to friends and neighbors. I just love the flower molds and plan to purchase them right away. Hobby Lobby also has the goats milk soap in five pound containers which are not scored but still easy to cut into cubes before microwaving. Love all you do and so thankful you are such a creative person who is willing to share your knowledge.
Thank you for your visits and sweet comment Virginia! And for letting me know about the 5-lb containers at Hobby Lobby…that’s a lot of soap! :) Stay cool in this heat and humidity ♥
These are stunning! I’ve always wanted to try this; these are really inspiring!
Mary, these are so pretty and I bet they smell heavenly! Pinning! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction
Thank you Cecilia, they do have a wonderful fragrance. I love your pretty flower market crate! Happy to be crafting with you again ♥
What a beautiful gift idea. Thanks for sharing. This would be the perfect mother gift. I love the little flower petal soap dishes too. So adorable. Thanks for the tip and for being a part of the hop.
Your flower soaps are beautiful! I’m a long-time soap maker (the old-fashioned way) and I was wondering why you didn’t mention the glycerin dew problem last time you posted your gorgeous bee soaps, now I know. You didn’t have humidity, and didn’t know about it. We live in a mostly humid state, unfortunately! Thank you for the tip about Stretch-Tite! I don’t like to shrink wrap, LOL! I may try this kind of soap now, because it is much quicker and easier than making it from scratch! I learn something new just about every time I visit your awesome blog. Thank you!!
Mary, I know I’d bee thrilled to receive one of your beautiful flower soaps! Ill bet they smell divine too. Thanks for the detailed tutorial with so many helpful tips. I’m tucking this idea away as little Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.
Mary, your soaps are stunning. What fabulous gifts they will make…I am going to try making these!
Thank you Pam! They’re so easy to make and so satisfying. ❤️🌸
I lucked out last year and got a stash of soap bars cheaply; I have been buying molds ever since. I add a few drops of Vitamin E oil to my soaps (and Epsom bath salts) for the moisturizing value, too I love making “Be Good to Yourself” theme baskets with a variety of homemade stuff, bargains I’ve found on clearance, thrifing, yard saling, etc. They make great gifts, raffle items, and donations for my church’s bazaar. The soap with coffee grounds go into the Gardener’s basket, the pumpkin spice into a fall basket, the sea breeze soap into a nautical-themed one, etc. I “refresh” thrifted baskets with a soapy scrub with my veggie brush, dry them in the sunshine, and give them a coat or two of clear lacquer or paint–like new again! I have a stash of soap dishes, now, too! The soap looks so pretty tied in the dish with ribbon or raffia!
Mary, I love this! Your soaps are beautiful, I can’t believe they’re that easy to make. Thank you for the links, I’m ordering supplies tonight!
What a wonderful gift idea. Pinning to my DIY board, thanks!
Mary, these soaps are so lovely and easy to make! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and all of the great tips (hello Stretch-Tite!). I’m planning to make more of my Christmas gifts this year, so these will be perfect. What a nice idea to include a soap dish and dish towel, too. It was fun hopping with you again!
What a great idea and they look so pretty!
Oh Mary, these are so lovely! The sweet soap dishes make these really shine! Thanks for the tips about the extra glycerin. I save silica packets when they come with anything I buy so I have extras to toss in when needed, like these! These make the most perfect gifts! Thanks for sharing!
Mary, these soaps are so pretty I would want to use them as decorative items in my bathroom. They would be great for gifts too. Great idea and I’m so glad you shared the process.
This is beautiful! What a fabulous idea!