While I was making a set of handmade bar soaps for my mother, I also decide to make liquid hand soap for my mother-in-law. She prefers liquid soap. Many months ago, after we finished up the orange juice, I cleaned and dried the container. I thought it would make a great bottle for something. I put it in my box of recycled items to alter and when I decided to make her some liquid soap, I immediately knew what to place it in. If you want to make bar soaps too, click on the link in the first sentence and it will show you how to make them, too.
- Soap Base
- Soap Dyes
- Glass Containers or a Double Boiler
- Oven Mitts
- Spoon and bowl
- Core’dinations Cardstock
- Spellbinders Die
- Petaloo Flowers
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink
- Scissors and Foam Dots
- White Paint
To make the liquid soap, I used a mixture of one melted cube, poured into two cups of hot water. I added a few drops of the coloring and fragrance and poured it into the container. I let it cool off for a few hours before I started to decorate the bottle. While the cap was off, I applied a quick coat of white paint to the cap. The green was a tad bit too bright. I let it dry while the liquid hand soap was cooling. To make the container look pretty, I decorated it with flowers. I did not have any leaves in my stash, so I made my own. It was quick and easy and I thought I would share it with you. Start with a whole flower.
Cut the flower in half.
Then cut in half again.
Apply ink to the single petal.
Use foam dots to attach the flowers together and to the label.
To make the label, I printed the wording. I used a Spellbinders die cut (in large) for the first layer. I used the next two sizes to make the frame out of Core’dinations cardstock. I sanded it before I cut it to give it a lightly distressed look. I adhered it together and then to the container. Then for the finishing touches, I added a bow and little crystals to make the look complete. I must say that the handmade bar soap and the homemade liquid soap were the cleanest and best smelling craft projects that I have ever made!
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Niki is known for her distinctive, high quality creations that feature a diverse mix of styles and highly creative approach to even the smallest detail. Her creations are simultaneously beautiful and functional.
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