Sunday, July 24, 2011

I am always looking for great diy ideas that would make great gifts.  While searching one of my favorite sites,, and came across this cute idea to make your own hand soap.  The best part is that you can make the soap's personalized and make them customize based on the occasion.  Just follow these simple steps or check out for the full how to guide.

Things You Will Need
- Clear glycerin
- Transparency sheets (can be purchased by the sheet at stores such as Kinko’s) or water soluble paper (can be found at Amazon)
- Soap molds
- Essential Oil

To make the designs shown in the soap, print anything of your choosing (monograms, illustrations, etc) on transparency sheets. After printed, trace your soap mold onto the sheets and cut your designs slightly smaller than the mold size so the edges of the sheet don’t stick out.

1. To make the soap, cut the bar of clear glycerin in smaller cubes. Add water in a large pot, and in a smaller one, add the glycerin. Place the smaller pot in the larger one, to make the glycerin melt without burning. Add the scented oils of your choice and mix it with a wooden spoon until all chunks are melted.
2. With your designs in hand, pour a little bit of the melted glycerin into soap molds (I used old Ikea plastic containers – the small square ones) and then place the design facing the bottom of the mold. Immediately after, pour the other half of the soap. Let it cool for a few hours.

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