Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Soapsicle Tutorial- Good Clean Fun!
Today my daughter and I made soapsicles! They were so easy to make and I loved seeing her expressive her creativity by layering different colors. I thought these would be an adorable summer party favor if you wrapped them in plastic and tied a ribbon at the base. These soapsicles look good enough to eat, so warn little ones that they don't taste as good as they look!
Pour and melt soap base
Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
4-cup glass measuring cup
1) To begin, I purchased a cheap popsicle mold from the dollar store and the rest of the supplies I was able to find at a local craft store.
2)Melt the pour-and-melt soap base in the measuring cup following the manufactures instructions. When the soap base comes out of the microwave it will be hot so make sure younger kids don't burn themselves. Next, add a few drops of the soap coloring and stir. Just like food coloring, the more you add the darker the color will become. You can also add a few drops of fragrance, if desired, at this time.
3) To make a single color soapsicles, pour the melted soap base into the popsicle mold and spray the surface with a little rubbing alcohol. This will eliminate any air bubbles that might have formed while pouring it into the mold. After about 10 seconds, add the craft stick and put the popsical mold into the freezer for a couple of minutes until it sets. FYI, I decided to go with jumbo craft sticks instead of skinny popsicle sticks because they were easier for little hands to grab onto.
4) If you want to achieve the layered look, start by pouring the first color about a third of the way up and spray it with rubbing alcohol. Not only will the rubbing alcohol get rid of any surface bubbles, it will also help the second layer adhere to the first layer. Wait until a skin forms on the first layer and then add your next color and the craft stick. Remember, to add a spritz of rubbing alcohol between all of your layers. Finally add the third layer.
5) To remove the soap, pop it in the freezer for a few minutes, then run a butter knife between the soap and the mold. Gently pull on the craft stick and pull the soapsicle out.