DIY Soap Sticks For Kids

DIY soap sticks - Crafts UnleashedAfter working with microwavable soap bases a few times, I knew I wanted to try a brightly colored soap for kids this time around.  With a twist on traditional soap shapes and some brilliant colors (thanks to heavy duty food coloring!), I came up with some whimsical soaps that the kids are asking for every night at bathtime!

Supplies needed to make your own DIY soap:


Unwrap the soap and cut into smaller pieces with a knife.  I cut mine into “bars” and melted 1-2 bars at a time for each color.  It only takes 30 seconds – 1 minute to melt this amount of soap, so stay close to the microwave so things don’t explode!

Soap Stick ready to meltYou can add your colorings before or after melting the soap.  In the photos, I am working on a second batch of yellow, so there is a little dyed soap left in the bottom.  It doesn’t matter WHEN you add the coloring, but it DOES matter how much you add!  For brilliant colors, you need stronger colorings, so try these Wilton food gels for a solid hue.  You will use about a 1/4 teas. per 1-2 stick batch.  The more coloring you use, the deeper the color becomes.

Soap Sticks Crafts Unleashed Amy Renea melted soapWhile the soap is still liquid and warm, decant it into your molds.  You can use a traditional mold, but I like to use the flexible silicon ice and baking molds for fun new shapes.  These sticks are actually ice trays from IKEA.  I used a funnel to be more precise when decanting since these molds are fairly small.  For larger molds, you can simply pour the soap straight from your microwave-safe bowl.

Soap Sticks Crafts Unleashed Amy Renea funneling soapAllow the soap to cool in the molds 30 minutes or so until firm.

Soap Sticks Crafts Unleashed Amy Renea IKEA ice makerTo get the fun horseshoe shapes, take the soaps out when they are firm, but still warm and pliable.  Simply bend them into shape!

Soap Sticks Crafts Unleashed Amy Renea horseshoesFor two-toned (or three or four toned or rainbow!) sticks, decant a small amount of soap into each mold, cool 30 minutes, then add a second layer of color.  Continue until the mold is full or you have reached the desired amount of colors.

Soap Sticks Crafts Unleashed Amy Renea two tonedOnce the soap sticks are complete, make sure to store them somewhere out of the sun.  They WILL melt!  The sticks WILL color your bathtub somewhat, but the color is easy to wash off (like a bath crayon).   For the best “crayon” effect, use more food coloring when dying the soaps.  Now get microwaving and get those kiddos some DIY soap sticks!

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Hey y'all! I'm Amy Renea, a freelance photographer and writer based out of Hershey, PA. I spend my days chasing children and chickens around the back yard, sipping on dandelion tea and munching on sweet potato chips. Come visit the Nest for All Seasons to learn more about my food, photography, DIY designs and modern garden living!


  1. Rachel says

    Hey 😀 Great Idea!
    But you have to be super super careful if you’re going to use food coloring instead of actual soap dye.
    If you use to dark of a food coloring color it can stain the skin and it;s quite hard to get out sometimes.
    Great idea though!


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