The idea of one-time-use soaps has been intriguing me lately. So I decided to try my hand at making some snowflake soaps. With Christmas right around the corner, I am in need of some inexpensive, thoughtful gifts to give my coworkers and these just seem to fit the bill.
For this project I used:
Felt pre-cut snowflakes
Clear Glycerine Melt and Pour Soap
Peppermint Soap Scent
I found the pre-cut snowflakes at the Dollar Store. They were a bit too big for my purposes, so I trimmed them down to a size that seemed appropriate for soaps.
My original plan was to cut my own felt, but I found out rather quickly that I apparently don’t own a sharp enough pair of scissors and the proper patience to do it. So the Dollar Store came to the rescue.
Clear Glycerine Melt and Pour Soap can be found at any craft supply store. It is rather inexpensive and even more so if you are armed with a 40% off coupon, so this project ended up costing me under ten dollars including all supplies. I also purchased peppermint soap scent to make the soaps even more Christmassy.
Put some of the soap into a microwave safe dish or measuring cup and microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Stir and microwave another 30 seconds. Repeat until most of the soap is melted.
At this point, remove it from the microwave and stir until the final pieces have melted. This is important as you do not want to overheat the soap. The residual heat after removing it from the microwave will melt the rest of the soap. Add five or six drops of scent to the liquid soap and stir. Try not to go too overboard on the scent. You don’t want to overpower things.
Now dip the felt snowflakes in, one by one and lay them on wax paper or foil to dry.
Here you can see the sheen of the soap on the felt. Just enough soap for a good hand washing and the felt inside makes a little disposable washcloth.
This project took very little time and I ended up with some great little gifts. I wrapped a few snowflakes in a cellophane bag, tied it with a pretty blue ribbon and will be giving them to my coworkers along with a Christmas card.
And cleanup was so easy! Just allow the leftover soap to harden in your container and pop it out. You can store it to reheat for your next project! My kitchen now smells like peppermint soap. Not too shabby.
Now that I have completed the project, I have thought of a few tweaks that might make it more interesting. Maybe use white soap instead of clear or blue felt instead of white with the clear soap. There are so many possibilities!
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