Easy Soap Bath Buddies
What you will make:
In no time flat, you and your kids can make enough soap buddies for
weeks of bath time fun! Kids of all ages enjoy the squishy fun of
making little soaps in a variety of shapes and colors. Shape them into
balls, or create cute shapes with soap molds. For a quick, easy and
inexpensive gift, package several bath buddies in a net or organza bag
tied with a pretty ribbon.
This craft is well-suited for family, group or classroom
craft time, and takes very little preparation by the adult or teen leader.
Related project: For another soap making technique,
Layered Soaps craft project.
Related project: Soap buddies make great gifts for
Father's Day! Make soap balls or mold the soap into shapes,
wrap the soaps in wax paper, and put them in a gift bag. See the
Tube-shaped Gift Bags craft project for Father's Day
printable bag patterns.
Here's what you need:
- Bar of pure soap, like Ivory
- Liquid food coloring
- Vegetable oil
- Vegetable grater
- Wax paper
- Measuring cup
- Optional: Plastic soap molds, string, herbs,
small cookie cutters
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Easy Soap Bath Buddies
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Gather the materials needed for making bath buddies. If you
are doing this project with a group of children or adults, have a
bar of soap and a bowl for each person and a grater per every two or
three people. To make the craft go faster, grate the soap in advance.
- Step 2: Grate Soap
Grate the bar of soap into the bowl. Finer shavings work best.
Tip: Add fine, dry herbs to the shavings.
- Step 3: Mix Soap Dough
Put a few drops of food coloring into 1/3 cup of water. Add the
colored water to the bowl. With your hands, mix the contents of
the bowl until it forms the consistency of play dough.
- Step 4: Shape Soaps
Rub a few drops of oil between the palms of your clean hands. (If
you don't use oil, the soaps will stick to your hands and have a
textured surface—see soaps pictured to the right.)
Shape the soap dough into several small balls or any shape you
like. Place the soaps on a sheet of wax paper and let dry overnight.
Tip: Make shaped soap with plastic soap molds.
Press soap dough into lightly greased molds. Let set up
overnight before unmolding.
Tip: If you want to make soap-on-a-rope, cut a
piece of string and tie the ends together. Push the knotted end
gently into your finished soap.
That's it! Now you can have some bath time fun!
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