Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Gift Project - Soap

I am not a soap maker.  This holiday gift project will not teach you to make real,  from scratch soap - I prefer to leave that to the soap professionals.  But regardless this was an easy project that pumped out lots of yummy smelling holiday gifts.

Soap Base: I used goat's milk base and got it at A.C. Moore
Soap Form: 2' piece of 2" PVC pipe with (2) caps

Build the molds.
The hardware store should sell two foot lengths of PVC pipe.  I used 2" pipe.  The hubby cut mine in half for me, it can be done with a hand saw.  If you don't have one, ask someone at the hardware store top cut it for you.  When putting the end caps on I "greased" the pipe with dish soap first, don't make them too snug or you'll never get them off.  Line the molds with parchment paper before adding the soap.
Place the molds upright in large vases or mugs.  

Make the soap: follow the melting directions for the soap base your purchased.  I microwaved mine in throw away microwave save containers.  For the PVC molds - I used 16 oz of soap base for each.  Add all of your mix ins after the soap is melted.
I made two different kinds:

Bar One:
Goat's Milk Soap Base
Chamomile Vanilla Tea (1/4 cup of the dry tea)
Essential Oil - per package instructions
1/2 cup of oatmeal

Bar Two:
Goat's Milk Soap Base
Vanilla Chair Tea (1/4 cup of dry tea)
Vanilla Extact (1tsp)
Essential Oil - half of package instructions

After you add your mix in - pour into the molds.  It needs to set overnight.  When I was done, this is what I got:
I packaged them in glassine bags I purchased on Etsy.  And stuck them with my favorite Paper-Source Stickers stamped with a fun craft stamp.  I think they'll go over well this Christmas.
 Are you gifting handmade items this year? Please feel free to link a tutorial to your holiday gifts!


  1. These are lovely, Meg! I am also giving out handmade gifts this year: "snowy wine bottle centerpieces."

  2. oh fun! these are so pretty, great idea

  3. I should do handmade gifts, but no, I'm too lazy :)


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