Crafts & DIY

Simple Soaps: This DIY gift is perfect for Mother’s Day

Photos by Natalie Davis.

As we go through this unprecedented time of uncertainty, many of us are confined to our homes, worrying about germs and searching desperately for anything antibacterial or sanitizing. So, I thought what better time for a Mother’s Day craft that involves soap? Don’t be intimidated, friends; it’s really easy.

Supplies Needed:

  • Soap making kit. I bought a basic kit for beginners from Michaels, available in store or via curbside pickup. It came with colors and a cucumber melon scent.
  • I also have some essential oils that I used for a lavender scent.
  • Dried flowers or miniature 3D shapes to add to the clear soaps. I picked up some butterflies and flowers from the scrapbook section of the craft store.
  • I also picked up some plastic packaging and ties for gifting.
  • Glass measuring cup.
  • Knife.
  • Silicone or plastic molds for the soaps. There is also one included in the kit.
  • Wooden sticks or toothpicks. I found some unused lollipop sticks and used those to stir in our colors.

Clear soaps:

Step 1: Cut up your soap and place it in the glass measuring cup.

Step 2: Microwave for 45 seconds-1 minute, checking for total melt.

Step 3: Add an essential oil scent of your choice or the package-included scent. For our clear bars, I used a lavender relaxation, and for our white bars, I used the cucumber melon scent.

Step 4: Next, we put them into the plastic mold that is included in the soap making kit. I filled the mold about ¼ of the way, then placed the butterflies and flowers on top.

Important: Place your items in UPSIDE DOWN because you want them to appear right-side up when you flip the soaps over. You are looking at the bottom of the soap as you are pouring into the mold, if that makes sense.

Step 5: Pour the remaining clear soap over the placed objects. Use a toothpick to fix your arrangement before the soap hardens.

Step 6: Let the soap set for 1-2 hours.

White soaps:

Step 1: I used a silicone mold I had in my craft room to see what we could come up with. Like with the clear soap, cut up your soap and place it in the glass measuring cup.

Step 2: Microwave for 45 seconds-1 minute, checking for total melt.

Step 3: Add an essential oil scent of your choice or the package-included scent.

Step 4: This time, I poured the liquefied soap all the way to the top of the molds.

Step 5: Next, I dropped the included coloring into the molds and stirred with our sticks to create a marbled effect.

Step 6: Let them set.

After the soaps are properly cooled, pop them out of the molds and smooth off any excess. Now they are ready to gift for Mother’s Day! I placed mine in individual cellophane bags, as I plan on gifting them to some amazing moms I know.

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