Holiday Soapmaking

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I’ve been waiting to post about this fantastic soap-making project for weeks and now I finally can. That’s because the holidays are over and the gifts from my workshop are no longer a surprise. Everyone’s opened their gifts and seen the beautiful hard work their kids have done. And it was such fun too!

Here’s how we did it:

Supplies

soap flakes

lavender (optional)

oatmeal (optional)

scented oil (I used lavender oil)

water

eyedroppers

mixing bowl

spatula (optional)

dixie cups (optional)

Each child was provided six dixie cups filled with soap flakes, a few sprigs of lavender, a dixie cup of oatmeal and a large bowl for mixing. In the middle of the table were containers of water and eyedroppers for collecting the water.

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The calm before the storm.

Once the kids arrived and were ready to get their art on, I did a little demo. And here’s what I showed them:

In the large bowl mix 1 dixie cup of  soap flakes and a little water. (I purchased soap flakes that are 100% pure soap. Some people grate whole bars of soap themselves but that was impractical for me to do for a lot of kids).

Mix it all up with your hands (or a spoon if you prefer). Then keep adding water, a little bit at a time until it gets a little more wet and mushy looking. But don’t put too much water in or you’ll end up with watery goop.

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Now here comes the fun part. Start mixing the soap mixture up with your hands. It might stick to your hands but you just have to try and put it all back in the bowl as best you can. The good thing about it though is it’s easy to wash off your hands and when you’re done, your hands are squeaky clean and soft!

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Getting our hands dirty or clean? Hard to tell!
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Sisters always help each other out!

 

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The crazy kid in front is mine, of course.

After that, the children added food coloring, some lavender leaves from my garden, oatmeal flakes. Then I went around and added a few drops of lavender oil scent for each kid. Lastly, they kneaded the soap and rolled it into a ball. Hint: You can also use a spatula to scrape the soap from the bowl.

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We repeated this process for each ball of soap. I let the kids choose just two colors for their soap balls because each time you change color, you need to clean out the bowl.

When that was done, they decorated muslin bags with colored sharpee markers and stamps. I stuffed the bags with a little bit of shredded paper for filling and put the finished balls inside. If you choose to do this method, make sure to put a piece of cardboard inside of the bag¬†before the kids start drawing so that the colors don’t run through to the other side! Here are some examples of the finished bags:

This project is easy to do with young kids and makes an excellent gift! If you try it out, let me know how it went in the comments.

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