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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Making soap our Day 14 of our countdown to Christmas

Our activity today was to make gifts for our family and friends. I saw THIS post last Christmas and have spent a whole year wanting to do it :)
Mine are NO where near as cute as hers and we had to overcome a lot of little mishaps along the way but in the end most of them turned out OK.

I bought a soap making kit at Value Village for $5.99 shortly after I saw the post mentioned above which was my source of inspiration.

This kit had scents and colours included but no clear glycerin soap so I bought a chunk from Micheal's with a 40% off one item coupon.
Getting ready to start making our soap
First mishap...I can't find the bag of miniature toys I got at Value Village months ago in preparation for this activity.

Second mishap...discovering our ice cube trays are really small (that or they toys I randomly grabbed to use now since I can't find the other bag are just too big)!!!

We started by grating some white soap. I did this first as in the tutorial I read it sounded like a wise idea to have this all ready to go.
The tutorial didn't mention how much soap to melt so I guesses and melted 8 one inch squares of the clear glycerin soap in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. I let it go for 40 seconds at first, stirred it and then melted on 15 second intervals and stirred each time. I only had to do that twice.

After the soap is melted it's time to add the soap dye. I neglected to check the colours of the soap dye in my kit previous to starting tonights activity. As it turned out I had no blue all I had was green and red.

Third mishap...no blue dye :(

At the last minute I decided I really wanted them blue so I added a drop of food colouring instead...too big of a drop as they are really blue! Fourth mishap. I am hoping the food colouring doesn't affect the soap or dye skin :(

I did get lucky and have peppermint scents and added some in with the colouring and stirred until I had an even colour.

Next it was time to pour the melted soap into our ice cube tray. Be sure to leave about a 1/4 inch space in each compartment as you need to add the toys and have room for the shavings and top coat. I was only able to fill 11 of the trays compartments with soap before I ran out...Fifth mishap.

Next the girls placed the small toys (which were really too big for our small tray...6th mishap) into each compartment after the soap was just beginning to solidify. You have to do this quick as once it starts to solidify (approx 3 minutes) it continued hardening very fast. Make sure you put your toys in upside down as the top of the tray will actually be the bottom of your soap.
Alot of our toys stick out as they were too big for our tiny trays
Next the girls covered the tray with the grated white soap. Be sure to pack the soap down so you have room for the top coat.

Next I melted 3 more 1 inch squares and poured a thin layer over the whole tray as a top coat. This holds the grated soap in place.
When the top coat was evenly spread over the tray I popped it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Make sure not to remove it until the soap is cold to the touch.
When solid, I gave the tray a little twist and popedp out the soaps. Easy peasy :)

Here are some of our soaps. I still need to carve the edges a bit to clean up the rough edges and then wrap them. I plan to do them in clear cellophane so they will be visible through the packaging. We will tie them onto the top of packages as a nice little decoration.



Most of our trinkets inside are lopsided (7th mishap) but for a first attempt they came out OK. Next time...I'll be more prepared and make certain I have everything organized before starting the activity...but we will definitely be making more soap soon!