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|
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.
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.
|Alot of our toys stick out as they were too big for our tiny trays|
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.
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.