How to make your own glittery soap

Guest post by Laurie Cutler
Photo by Laurie Cutler.

I was inspired by This Halloween-themed soap tutorial from Cap Creations, and I had a great time making these! Each soap has a fun little surprise in the center, which my kids go nuts over.

I picked up my supplies at Hobby Lobby. I used a 40% off coupon for the soap, and chose the 5 lb bag and was able to make 30 soaps with it. I also picked up coloring and a scent. If you are going to use glitter choose the finest glitter you can because larger fleck glitter will all sink to the bottom of your mold (which will end up being the top of the soap when you are finished).

What you need

How you do it

I also picked up a mold at Hobby Lobby. I used this mold to make my colored soaps that will become the cubes to sprinkle in toy soaps. As soon as you can, pop the molds out and chop them into little cubes.

I kind of got carried away and had to make every color I could!

Cut long strips of your pink soap and mold it into a heart shape. Place whatever “surprise” you want into each cup of a muffin pan.

Using a microwave safe measuring cup microwave glycerin soap as package directs. Note: I only microwaved two small blocks at a time and for 30 second increments. When I tried to do more than that I had to microwave it for longer (I am only talking 1 1/2 minutes) to get all the soap to melt and then the soap ended up to hot and it acted weird when I poured it into my molds. It melted all my colored blocks and sent them to the bottom of the mold and made a mess out of them, and the soap dried very hazy — so only microwave 45 seconds tops.

Before you pour the soap into your molds add glitter and fragrance. Stir to combine and then pour into molds making sure to fill each mold — don’t do half full and then add more later. After you pour the soap into the mold immediately spray the soap with rubbing alcohol to pop all the bubbles.

Don’t move the soap while they are setting up. Allow them to set up completely (this only takes 20 minutes or less) then pop them into the freezer for a few minutes. After a few minutes they pop right out. If you are having a hard time put them back into the freezer for a few more minutes and try again. I gently tapped on the back of each muffin cup to loosen the soap.

Cover each soap with plastic wrap and voila: handmade soap!

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