Soon after making crayon cars I tried making soap cars some bars of Dove soap. It involved a cheese shredder (what was I thinking?), the microwave, and a kitchen that smelled like soap for a few days. The soap looked funky, but it held it’s shape and has worked just fine in the shower. But it wasn’t gift-worthy.
So yesterday I went looking at soap-making supplies at Michael’s. Am I the only one that didn’t know making soap was so easy? I got myself some glycerin, fragrance and coloring and went to town. I melted the glycerin, added color and fragrance, and poured it into the mold.
Clear glycerin with blue coloring and vanilla fragrance. Mmm. Vanilla.
Now melting crayons is just plain fun, but soap making? That seems like an art. So I’m not going to pretend to know anything about the *art* of making soap but here are some tips in case anyone decides to try.
- Grab your craft store coupon to use on the glycerin. $10 for about 4 -6 bars of soap isn’t cheap.
- Don’t spray the baking pan with cooking spray. The oil tended to bubble up through the soap and was hard to rub off. See the bubbles?
- The liquid glycerin cools and hardens fast so pour it to the top. Going back and topping off later might not leave you with a smooth bar of soap.
- To get the soap out of the mold, wait until the soap has cooled and hardened. Then turn it upside down and put it in the freezer. After an hour or so, bang one end of the pan on your carpet until the cars fall out. I think I burned a few calories with all the banging. The carpet was the only quiet thing I could bang it on, with the kids sleeping, you know.
My son Timo was so happy with our soap that he volunteered to go take a shower just so he could use it. Now THAT’S the sign of a great craft for boys.
Car cake pan here.