After making some simple soaps and fabulous bath bombs (which you should check out – they were so easy to make and looked fab), we decided to order some clear soap and attempt snow globe soaps. Bath bombs and soaps make fun Christmas presents. I had the idea of a robin in my head, but penguins also seemed like a natural fit too.
Trapping toys in soap also doubles up as a brilliant way to encourage kids to wash their hands.
You simply need melt and pour soap, which you melt in a jug in the microwave. We added some glitter and a drop of fragrance. Most places that sell Melt and Pour Soap (we bought ours online) will sell the fragrance and colour too.
We had some bits of opaque soap hanging round, which we used as the bases for these robin snow globes (more on these later), we then chipped at the opaque squares to make them look more like snow, so with the leftover bits we decided to try and make snow bases for the penguins too.
L had the bright idea to grate them, the veg peeler worked better though.
Muller Corner yogurt pots made brilliant moulds, as you can see from the picture above. L collected some soap snow flakes in one compartment, put the penguin into the other, and topped him up with the glittery melt and pour soap.
We also tried silicone cup cake moulds. We nestled the penguin in some soap peelings and topped him up!
We debated whether to let his head poke out! Soap hardens really quickly which means you can hold the shape in place for a little while if needs be, but you also have to work fast.
We even tried them head first. Topping the clear mix with soap flakes and then adding a bit more clear mix to hold it all together nicely.
Both yogurt pots and silicone moulds are really easy to get snow globe soaps out of as they are malleable. But if you freeze the soaps for a little while after making, they are even easier to remove. We made the robin designs in plastic bath bomb moulds and had mixed success with getting them out. Although I love them. I have since spotted these moulds, which would be perfect.
We fixed the robin cake decorations to an opaque base, then dipped them into a mould filled with glittery clear melt and pour soap.
We were so excited by the snowglobe soaps, so many possibilities. Then we moved onto bars of soap. This tree was made by holding a cookie cutter down tightly on a plate (covered in cling film to save washing up the excess wax) and filling it with soap mixed with some green colouring.
We then surrounded it with glittery clear soap and some flakes for a snowy ground. Keep any leftover bits for another creation, this is where it starts to get really creative.
We also decided to do a beach scene, as we had some blue left over! I know I am dreaming of the Caribbean sun right now as I type this in my chilly house in November….
Melt and Pour soap is so much fun and limited only by your imagination.
Follow the melt and pour soap instructions, but always melt the soap in small increments, it is easy to over cook it and also make sure all lumps are gone, it can be hard to spot them in clear soap!
Paper cups are great for kids to use to mix small amounts of soap with colour and/or fragrance
The soap gets very hot so have everything ready and warn children to be careful.
Save any leftover bits for your next creation, or melt down mistakes and try something different.