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DIY Melt and Pour Soap {Easy DIY}

DIY Melt and Pour Soap {Easy DIY}

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Today we’re sharing one of the easiest DIY activities: melt and pour soap. This always makes for a great gift for friends or mom or grandma or even party favors! Read on to see how we made them.


What You’ll Need

What to Do

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Melt and pour soap is the easiest soap to make and is great for both beginners and experienced soapmakers. To begin, cut your melt and pour soap base block into approximately 1” cubes (we used a clear soap base to allow the erasers we tucked in the middle of each soap to be visible). Fill the microwave-safe glass container with your 1” soap base cubes and microwave for 30 seconds per interval. Once the soap begins to melt, you may want to microwave at 10 second intervals. We filled a four-cup measuring container with the 1” cubed soap and it took approximately two minutes to completely melt but times will vary depending on how much soap you have to melt, the size of the soap, and individual microwave settings. If you don’t have a microwave, a double boiler should work just fine as well.

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Once your soap base has completely melted, you can choose to add colorant. We divided our large batch of melted soap base into a few smaller containers and added different colorants to each. We added a few drops of colorant to each container but you can add more or less depending on how light or deep of a color you’d like. You will find that a little goes a long way, so start with a drop and increase if desired. Mix well and remember, the lighter the soap color, the easier you will be able to see the erasers inside.

Once you have completely melted your soap base and added colorant, fill each mold halfway (we chose silicone molds which made removal very easy). Feel free to experiment with different colors if you’d like, using multiple colors for added interest. We poured two different colors at once which gave a fun swirled effect once cooled. You could also layer multiple colors or simply use one color for the entire soap if you’d like. Once you have filled the molds halfway, spray the top of each with rubbing alcohol (this will remove any excess bubbles that may have formed). Allow the soap to cool and harden. Depending on the size of molds used, it may take as little as 15-20 minutes to cool.

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Once your soap has cooled, spray both the tops of the soaps and the erasers with rubbing alcohol (this will help bond the layers together). Place an eraser on the top of each soap and pour additional melted soap into each mold to bring the soap to the top of each mold. You may notice that your container(s) of soap may have hardened while you waited for your half-filled soap molds to cool. If so, simply re-microwave the remaining soap in the container(s) until melted. As before, spray the top of each soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any bubbles that may have formed and allow soap to cool in molds. Once your soap has completely cooled and hardened, you may pop them out and begin using them.

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A note of caution: Melted soap is very hot and should be used with caution, especially around small children. We had little ones helping us so while they weren’t old enough to help with cutting or pouring the soap, they had fun filling the containers with the 1” soap base cubes, selecting colorant colors, choosing color combinations for the soaps, and placing the erasers in each soap mold. Of course they also loved popping the soaps out and washing their hands with their homemade soaps.

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We hope you enjoyed this project! We found these soaps to be the perfect little gift for friends and family and you will likely find that children will be especially excited to wash their hands as they become closer and closer to the prize buried in the middle of each soap with each hand washing.

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