I wanted to celebrate the end of summer with my girls and we decided to make some fun soaps for them to use in the tub.
Once we hit fall, sports season begins and the children are in the bathtub quite a bit (which they hate) so I try to make things as fun as possible. Both of my girls love these little watermelon soaps and I think they would be such a cute homemade gift idea or try making these on slumber party nights as a craft activity for the kids to try.
You won’t believe how easy these custom soaps are to make and you can really get very creative here with different colors and shapes and fragrances. I already have a bunch of other ideas that I will hopefully be sharing very soon.
So to get started here is what you need:
You can find most of these items at Michael’s stores or I have the links for Amazon above. Michael’s also sells kits that have pretty much everything inside them so watch for those too.
To get started you simply want to use a knife to cut off a few cubes of the clear soap and place that in a microwave safe dish. I used a glass Pyrex measuring cup for mine. I don’t have an exact measurement of how many cubes you need because the size of the soap will vary according to the mold you purchase. I just eyeballed what looked like (6) half bars of soap and popped that in my Pyrex. (Better to have too little than too much so be conservative.)
Place your soap mold on a flat surface that won’t be disturbed. You don’t want to move the mold around before the soap is solid because it will slosh on the sides and won’t look as nice. I put mine out of the way on the laundry room counter.
Pour a few of the black sequins into your hand and carefully place them sporadically in your molds. These are supposed to be seeds so just a few is fine and you don’t want them all clumped up.
Heat your soap base in the micro in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir between each interval.
Once it is melted add a few drops of your red colorant and stir well- adding one drop at a time until you get the correct shade of red. You can also add any essential oils or fragrances at this point. I added Lime oil from Young Living .
Carefully pour the red mixture into the soap mold- about 40% of the way up the side. You need white and green layers so not too high up. Sprinkle a few more sequins conservatively into the red soap base. Do this quickly before the soap starts to harden.
If you find bubbles as you pour the soap base, you can fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spritz lightly on the surface of the soap. The bubbles will immediately pop.
Now set aside for about an hour to set. You don’t want the soap to be wiggly consistency (like Jello) before you start the next layer or the layers will blend together. You really do want to be sure it is fairly solid on top.
Now melt the shea soap or goat’s milk soap. This is a thinner layer so you don’t need much.
Poor on top of the red layer and let cool- about an hour. Finally melt a bit of clear soap again and add drops of green until you get your desired shade. Also add essential oils at this point if you like.
Pour on top of the white layer and let cool.
And now you are done! Cute little watermelon soaps!
If you decide to make this please come back and let me know what you think!
And here are a few other recipes you might enjoy:
Original article and pictures take http://myfrugaladventures.com/2015/09/homemade-watermelon-soap-fun-gift-idea/ site