Thursday, May 26, 2011

Precious Feet soap as party favors

These cute soap are really easy {and fun} to make!

You will need:

Microwave container or double-boiled pan*
Cutting Board;
Fragrance Oil  (I used baby oil);
Soap-Safe Dye (I used green and yellow);
Large Knife;
Alcohol in Spray Bottle;  
Rubber Spatulas;
Cotton balls;
Baby Feet Mold ( I got the mold at Ebay)

* I have found that melting the soap in the microwave wastes too much soap.  If you do not have double-boiled pan you can melt the soap in a small pot within a pan filled with water ike this:

- Using the cotton balls, lightly coat the insides of the molds with baby oil; this will make it easier to remove the finished soaps from the molds.
- Cut the soap base into small chunks and place them into the pot until you've got the amount that your mold will hold.

         [NOTE - If you are making the feet with different colors (one color for the feet and one color for the base), you will first be melting a small amount of one color and filling the parts of the molds consisting of just the little feet. You will then have to wait for the soap within the feet parts of the molds to dry before melting the different-colored soap and adding it to the rest of each mold, thus forming the base of each piece of soap.]

 - After the small chunks of soap melt melted, completely add the fragrance oil to the melted soap base and gently stir. Add some color to your soap - Be sure you are using soap-safe dyes - Gently stir the melted soap to completely incorporate the fragrance and completely blend the color. Don't stir too hard or you'll get bubbles in the soap. If you do get air bubbles, a light spritz of rubbing alcohol from a spray bottle gets rid of them.

- Slowly pour the soap into the mold and wait for it to cool down completely. (If you are making soaps of two different colors, this is the point where you would first wait for the feet to dry as described in the "NOTE" above, and repeat the melting/pouring process with the second color.)   Try not to splash the soap or get too many bubbles. (If you do get bubbles in the soap molds, you may here still lightly spray the tops of the bars with rubbing alcohol.)
- You're done for now! Carefully move the mold to a safe place.
- The soap should be hard enough to unmold in a few hours. You can hurry this along by putting the mold in the refrigerator, but don't put it into the freezer.

It will take several hours on the counter or approximately an hour in the refrigerator for the soap to completely cool and harden.

I got these cute bags at Oriental Trading, wrapped a shoe box lid with tissue paper and made a tag saying:

 "Thanks for coming to my Baptism day,
On which original sin was washed away,
Marking my first steps to holiness..."

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