Happy New Year! What better way to start the new year than with a clean craft like soap making? Melt and pour soap making is one of the easiest and most satisfying crafts you can try. You can personalize the soap using whatever combination of oils and fragrances your prefer and they make great gifts at a fraction of the cost to buy them elsewhere. Melt and pour bases are also easy to use and you don’t have to worry about lye and putting your hazmat suit on to get your craft on. Let’s get started.

All of the supplies for this I purchased at Hobby Lobby and there are many more options available online. One site that has a lot of variety is Bramble Berry and it has  great tutorials as well.

You’ll need a melt and pour soap base (these come in many varieties from glycerin, Shea butter, olive oil and more), fragrance or essential oil, dye and molds to get started. Everything pictured here cost around $40 total and everything but the soap base can be used many, many times over.

I chose a Shea butter base to start with and cut off a few chunks and put them in a microwave safe container and microwaved for 20 seconds. Check on it and if it is not melted completely, microwave it in 10 second intervals until it is in liquid form. Be EXTREMELY careful with the hot soap base. It will be very hot and will burn you if you are not careful.



Once the soap base is melted, you can add a couple drops of dye and fragrance and stir. The amount really depends on your preference, but start out with just a couple of drops and add gradually.

Next, just pour your soap into your molds. You don’t need to prepare the molds, just be sure they are clean and dry. You can put the molds into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to speed up the drying process or just leave them out for 1 – 2 hours to dry completely. The molds should no longer feel hot or warm to the touch. 

Once the soap has hardened, just pop them out of the molds.

 

There you go. A quick, easy craft that is fun and very satisfying for crafters at all levels.