Making Handmade Soap with Kids

Crafting with kids can be a ton of fun!

Spending time together doing something they enjoy creates memories that will stick with them forever.

Making soap is a great project for children of varying ages because you can adjust the level of involvement for their abilities.

Without further ado, here’s how it’s done!

You’ll need soap making molds, cooking spray or petroleum jelly (for coating the molds), pure glycerin soap (can be found at craft stores), measuring cup with handle (microwave safe!), soap dyes in the color or colors of your choice (also found in craft stores), small plastic animals or other fun baubles, a chopstick or skewer (for stirring).

Directions:

  • Lightly cover the inside of the mold with the cooking spray or petroleum jelly, making sure to cover each area. You only want them to be very lightly coated, so be sure to wipe away any excess.
  • The amount of soap you’ll need will depend on the size of your molds. It’s best to start small and add more as you go. Put the glycerin cubes in the measuring cup and microwave for 30 seconds. Continue heating in 10-second intervals until the soap is completely melted but not Caution: the soap will be hot! This step should be done by a grown-up or a supervised older child.
  • Add just a drop or two of the soap dye to the soap that you just melted. You may need to mix colors ahead of time to get just the shade you want! Use the skewer to mix the color into the soap. Keep in mind that any more than a drop or two of dye will make the soap too dark.
  • An adult or older child can carefully pour the hot soap into the molds, filling them only a third of the way full. After it has cooled and hardened for approximately 20 minutes, you can add the little animals or baubles, if you wish. Simply lay them on the top of the hardened soap.
  • Melt and dye more soap, using the same process as before. Fill each mold the rest of the way to the top with the second batch of melted and dyed soap.
  • Let the soap cool and harden for at least 2 hours. When it’s hard, turn the mold upside down to get the soap out. Clean the molds warm water.

There are some fun variations and additives you can incorporate to achieve different effects.

  • Beeswax is a hardening agent and also adds a delightful scent.
  • A dash of honey is nice, but not too much or your soap will be too soft.
  • Calendula petals or rose petals add wonderful color and a soft scent.
  • Basil gives your soap antibacterial properties.
  • A small amount of powdered milk adds some extra cleansing power.
  • You can make rainbow soap by letting each colored layer dry before adding the next.
  • Cocoa powder will give your soap a rich, brown hue.
  • Want some great smelling soap? Add a few drops of essential oils or even citrus peels to add a delightful scent.
  • Feeling fancy? Add some soothing herbs or lavender to your soap!
  • Add poppy seeds or cornmeal for texture.

These handmade soaps add a unique touch to your bathroom or kitchen and also make sweet gifts for teachers or special friends!

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