Soap making is one of those crafts that seem to intimidate quite a few people. But it really is quite simple to make your own by using melt and pour glycerin soap base. The soap is already made and all you have to do is melt it in the microwave. Then you can add colorants, scents, and shape it using a mold. Once you have played around with basic soap making, it’s fun to try different techniques for manipulating the versatile soap base. These DIY spring plaid soap bars are just one of the many ways you can use melt and pour soap to create unique patterns for this common everyday bathroom staple. And I promise, they are so much easier to make than they look!
- Melt and Pour Soap Base
- Rectangle Mold
- Soap Colorants
- Soap Scent (optional)
- Microwave Safe Bowl
- Rubbing Alcohol in a Spray Bottle
Begin by cutting up the melt and pour soap base into approximately 1″ pieces. No need to be precise here. Then place 3-4 pieces in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 15-20 second increments until the soap just melts and starts to bubble on the side. Remove the melted soap from the microwave and add 2-3 drops of colorant and fragrance if desired. Pour the soap into the rectangle mold to form a 1/4″ layer. Then let the soap cool for 30 minutes to harden.
Using a clean bowl, melt 1 cup of clear melt, add any fragrance, and then pour a 1/4″ layer in your mold. Immediately (making sure the soap isn’t too hot!) place your soap strips in one direction in your mold leaving a gap between the colors.
Once the clear layer is set (about 10 minutes), spritz the top with rubbing alcohol and pour another 1/4″ layer of clear soap and add in the soap strips going the other direction to form your plaid soap pattern.
At this time you can choose to either fill the soap mold the rest of the way up with more clear soap for a translucent plaid soap bar, or you can use white melt and pour soap base. Just be sure to spritz the top with rubbing alcohol again before filling up the mold with the solid soap. The alcohol helps the layers stick together. Without it, the soap layers can separate.
Not only is this project fun, but it creates the cutest soap to add a pop of spring time to your bathroom. And you can customize the plaid colors to match your decor! Now who is ready to try their hand at soap making?
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Kara is the owner and designer of Kailo Chic. She loves all things bright, colorful, and patterned. Kara also loves interior design, DIY projects, designing new accessories, gardening, and cooking. A Kailo Chic Life features all of these passions.