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Craft Project - Red and Green Christmas Soaps
by Wen Zientek-Sico

Commercial holiday is so very expensive to buy and only comes in a few shapes and sizes. Why bother when you can make it yourself at home for much less money and not much time? This is a project that even the kids will love!
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Red and Green Christmas Soaps

People have been making homemade soaps for thousands and thousands of years. It is not until recently that crafters have discovered the joy and ease of making decorative soaps with the many wonderful products that have come on the market over the last few years. Decorative soap making can be very expensive, between molds and fancy tools, but our method is not only inexpensive, it is easy and fun to do. This technique makes great fun soaps that anyone would be happy to receive in their stocking. Clear glycerin soap and colored glycerin soap is available in craft stores and some discount stores. Scent can be added in either the solid or liquid form as long as it is scent made especially for soap and your recipients will not be bothered by the scent.

soap ingredientsRed and green glycerin soap (or clear glycerin soap melted and dyed red and green and poured back into block form)
Large knife
Assorted small cookie cutters
Clear glycerin soap
Large microwave proof craft bowl
Soap fragrance (optional)
Assorted containers for molding the soap (empty frozen juice containers, old plastic containers with both ends removed, or any other heat tolerant container that is open on two ends)

soap ingredientsCut the red and green soaps into small cubes or triangles with the knife, or else into fun Christmas shapes with cookie cutters. Set aside. Melt the clear glycerin soap in the craft bowl in the microwave according to package directions. Remove from the microwave and let cool slightly, until a very thin film forms on the top. While the soap is cooling, place the colored shapes in the containers. Add the fragrance to the clear soap and stir well. Carefully pour the clear soap over the colored pieces and fill the containers. Let the soaps cool completely, then remove from the molds. Carefully slice the molds to expose the shapes and colors. Wrap the soaps individually for gift giving.

Project designed, crafted, styled, and photographed by Wen Zientek-Sico.

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