Two Ways to Make Soap

For the kids, we made a clear glycerin soap with toy fish embedded inside. (They'll be sure to wash and scrub trying to get at the fish.) Then we made a scented oatmeal soap for the adults. Cardboard jewelry gift boxes were used as forms to make the soap. Then, after we were done, we used the boxes to wrap our soaps and give as gifts.

Step 1


Cut Glycerin Soap

Cut the glycerin soap into thin slices. It takes one bar of soap per jewelry box.

Step 2


Place in Pan

Place the slices of soap in the top pan of a double boiler.

Step 3


Heat to Melt

Fill the bottom of the double boiler halfway with water. Melt the soap with the top pan. Glycerin soap melts much faster than regular soap.

Step 4


Line the Box

Cut the wax paper to size so you can line the inside of the jewelry boxes, making sure that the edges extend beyond the box. Use your fingers to spread a thin layer of coconut oil on the wax paper. This will help the soap peel off the wax paper easily after cooling.

Step 5


Pour Half

Once the soap has melted, pour half in the lined jewelry box. Let it set for two minutes before adding the toy figurines. When adding plastic figures to soap, always use glycerin soap because it is clear.

Step 6


Add-Ins Optional

Let set again for a few minutes, placing the pan of soap back on the double boiler so it doesn’t harden.

Step 7


Top It Off

Pour the remaining soap over the plastic figurines, careful not to overfill it so it spills over the edge of the jewelry box. Let set for 10 minutes before moving to a cool place to harden.

Step 8


Remove From Box

Once the soap has hardened, remove it from the jewelry box by pulling up the edges of the wax paper.

Step 9


Peel Back Paper

Gently peel the wax paper off the soap, then wrap it in a fresh piece of wax paper.

Step 10


Gift Wrap

Wrap the soap in pretty paper and place back into the box. Adorn it with more wrapping paper or a bow.

Step 11


Herbal Exfoliating Soap

Follow the same procedure, but use bar soap instead of glycerin soap. Additional ingredients include: 2 tablespoons of rosemary (or lavender), 2 tablespoons of ground oatmeal (use a blender), 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and a few sprays of perfume or cologne.

Step 12


Shred Bar Soap

The bar soap is considerably harder than the glycerin, so you may need to use a grater to shred the soap.

Step 13


Add Dried Herbs

Before melting in the double boiler, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of rosemary or lavender.

Step 14


Add Exfoliating Oatmeal

Add a few tablespoons of uncooked oatmeal.

Step 15


Add Perfume

Lightly scent the soap with a spray of perfume.

Step 16


Double Scoop

Once melted, the soap will not pour out as easily as the glycerin. Use one wooden spoon to scoop it out and another to push the soap into the lined jewelry box.

Step 17


Press to Mold

Cut another piece of wax paper to place over the top and push the soap down with your fingers to distribute evenly in the box. Let it cool down and harden. Then remove wax paper and wrap.