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!
We’re on the downhill slope of summer with fall less than a month away.
While the summer blooms are waning, you can 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.
Stretch-Tite is harder to find these days as many things are, but if you
can find it, I highly recommend it. You’ll never go back to another plastic wrap!
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
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