How to Make Soap Your Kids Will Love in Four Simple Steps

How to Make Soap Your Kids Will Love in Four Simple Steps

Who would have thought making soap was so easy? If I had known, I would have started years ago. I saw so many others making their own homemade soap that I knew it couldn’t be too difficult if I started with the basics. And I’m here to tell you, it’s not (thanks YouTube!)

If you’ve been following me, you may recall that I made kids’ soaps for a recent fall festival. Although the festival itself was a less-than fabulous experience (you can read it here), the soaps looked really cute and everybody loved them. People keep asking me how I make them so I thought I’d share how truly easy it is.  Toys in soap isn’t a new concept, but it never seems to get old with kids. I came across the idea when searching for a craft. Keep in mind also that they make great stocking stuffers too. They’re perfect as a holiday gift or gifts to a group of children since you can kick out several at a time.

The (Inexpensive) Shopping List

You can find the supplies in almost any craft store. They’ll be in the soap-making aisle. I got all of mine from A.C. Moore and note the brands I used. (If you’re a teacher or homeschooler, don’t forget to redeem your 15 percent off each time you shop there! Just show I.D.)

Here’s what you need:

~Soap Molds (Any shapes you prefer but for the kids’ soap I use basic shapes.)

~Clear Glycerin Soap (Life of the Party, 2 lb. brick)

~Glycerin Soap Color (Life of the Party, various colors, colors of your choice)

~Soap Scent (Soap Expressions, various scents)

~Miniature toys (This is entirely up to you. I chose miniature items, Creative Time. They have dinosaurs, fish, frogs, butterflies, and others. You can also order some online. They have to fit in the mold you choose, however, so keep that in mind. The toy also has to be heavy enough where it doesn’t float to the top when you pour the soap over it. The Creative Time miniatures worked really well for this.)

~Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle

It's as Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4...

  1. Melt the soap: After cutting your 2-lb. clear glycerin soap brick into eight equal pieces, put one of those pieces into a bowl and then into the microwave for about 40 seconds on high to melt it. (After that, only heat in 10-second intervals if it hasn’t melted after the first 40.)
  2. Get the toy ready: While waiting for the soap to melt, take the toy of your choice and place it facedown at the bottom of one of the individual empty soap molds. (The bottom of the mold is the top of your soap which is why you want the toy facedown. You’ll be pouring the soap over top soon. You don’t want the toy sticking out of the mold at all.)
  3. Add color and scent: Once the soap is completely melted, take it out of the microwave, stir and add one drop of the color you’d like. Start small and add gradually to get desired color. Less is more. I like the more see-through soaps with a tinge of color for these as you can see the toy much more easily. Now add a few drops of the scent. (1 teaspoon of fragrance is the standard per pound of soap to give you an idea so you would use far less than that.) Stir.
  4. Pour, spray and wait: Now pour your finished soap mixture over top of the toy in the mold. If you see some bubbles, immediately take your spray bottle of alcohol and give the top of the soap a quick squirt or two and the bubbles will separate and disappear. All you do now is leave it alone in the mold and wait until it’s completely dry. It usually takes an hour or two and then remove carefully from the mold.

What About Packaging?

Now if you plan on giving out your soap, you’re going to need to package them.  With glycerin, you don’t want any moisture to get in, so they have to be wrapped tight. I tried a few different items to wrap them with and found that regular extra-stretchy cling wrap worked best. I actually followed the great advice here for wrapping glycerin soap. After that, I just hit it with a heat gun very very briefly on the sides and back. Be very careful if using the heat gun. Use it very quickly and do not let the heat set on one spot. You don’t want to melt your soap.

My packaging may not be perfect but it’s definitely presentable! I just popped a label on the back of them and voila.

 

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