Melt and pour soapmaking at one point went beyond a hobby into the world of business for me, many years ago. Although I no longer make soaps for profit, I still enjoy passing on this hobby to my kids.  It’s fun, and who doesn’t need soap?

For this project, we thought we’d try to somehow keep an autumn theme in mind- and that was tricky.  I came up with a few alternatives.

What You’ll Need:

  • a pack of melt and pour soap base
  • a microwavable glass measuring cup, plus a second cup
  • soap colorant
  • soap molds
  • something to stir with
  • soap fragrant
  • a bottle of rubbing alcohol to spritz

What To Do:

Do you have your melt and pour soap ready?  I got this for $5.99 at a local craft store not long ago.

The next thing you’ll want to do is break the soap up into small chunks (if it isn’t already in cubes, like mine was), and microwave it in a pyrex measuring cup until melted.  (But don’t melt it for too long- you don’t want it boiling!)

Once your soap base has melted, keep stirring so it won’t harden up in the glass cup. Pour out a little into another cup.  We’re going to make an insert for a pretty effect mid-way through.

Once you decide on your preferred color, drop a little of it into your second cup and stir.

Using a cake mold, I squeezed a little soap into the cake mold. I like the leaves and flowers which remind me of fall.

We ended up deciding on the flower, and making it red.

It usually hardens pretty quickly.  You can also pop in the freezer for a few minutes and it will harden sooner.  Next, spritz the bottom of your soap mold with rubbing alcohol, then add your layer of soap inserts.

Spritz the inserts.

Now pour the rest of your melted soap on top of the inserts, and spritz once again to remove the soap bubbles.

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Let your soap set to dry and harden for a few hours, or pop it in the freezer for a few minutes for an extra head start.

Once hardened, pop it out of the mold, and now you have…

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a beautiful soap. It reminds me a bit of fall with the red flower.  What’s with the red fish?  I’m not quite sure- though my daughter had something to do with that. You could add leaf inserts, flowers, trees, whatever  shapes you can find using cake or soapmaking molds that will give you the results you want.

I had a blast with this- although it was the messier of all my projects this week!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

Check out more fall activities here!

About Demetria Zinga

Demetria is a homeschooling mom and mompreneur who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters, and a dog. She currently runs two podcasts for homeschool moms and moms in business, writes songs, and spends lots of time at coffee shops. Her goal is to be an encourager and motivator of women, helping them to find success and joy in homeschooling, business, and motherhood.

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