Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Apple Soap Teacher's Gift

The end of the school year is here all ready and it's time to make teachers gift's. If you are like me this is a very hard thing to do. I never know what to make or buy. My good friend came up with a brilliant idea to make apple soaps as gifts. She is brilliant I tell ya, brilliant. Of course we should make cute little apple soap to spoil my kids teachers. Okay so I think you get the point, I am very excited about this idea. So we got to it and came up with these cute little soap's. They even smell like apples!

Here is how you can make your own.

Supplies:
Glycerin Soap
Apple Soap Scent
Red & Green Soap Colors
Leaf Cookie Cutter
Small Round Containers

I picked up the bag of glycerin soap cubes from Hobby Lobby for $6.99, actually I used a 40% off so it was even cheaper than that. In the soap making isle at Hobby Lobby they also have scents and colors made especially for making soap. I picked up the leaf cookie cutter at Walmart. While I was there I also grabbed some zip-lock containers, pick containers that are the size you want your finished soaps to be.
 Start out by melting a few glycerin cubes in a large plastic measuring cup. Microwave in small increments. I usually start with 30 seconds and if that is not enough to melt the cubes I microwave them for another 10-20 seconds. This step should never take longer than 1 minute in the microwave. Once your cubes are melted add apple scent and red coloring.  I had this square soap mold from one of my other projects, you can use square containers or whatever you have hanging around that is square. Pour the melted soap into your mold. Fill the mold as full as you want your apples to be tall. I hope that makes sense. These are going to end up being your apples in the center of your soap so if you want skinny bars of soap pour your molds really shallow. Let the bars cool until they become solid. If you want to speed up this proses you can put the whole thing into the freezer for a few minutes. Just a heads up I made 4 red bars and only ended up using 1 1/2 bars to make apples for my 6 bars of soap.
 Once your soap is solid turn your mold over and pop your bars out. Slice the bars lengthwise and curl them into circles. If you do this step while the bars are still a little warm they are easier to curl.
 Next make some green soap. I used one of my kids small Ikea bowls to make a small green bar to cut leaves out of. Remove it from the bowl as soon as you can so that you will be able to easily cut through it with a cookie cutter.
 The soap got stuck in the cookie cutter so I used a Q-tip to help push it out.
 Place the leaves and apples into the bottom of your containers.

Next microwave more glycerin soap. This batch you are going to leave clear, do not color it. Do however add your apple scent to it. After you have melted more glycerin blocks in the microwave let them cool down for awhile before you pour it over your apples. I learned this lesson the hard way. The first apple I poured hot soap over and it melted my apple and made a mess. So let it cool down a little before you pour it over the soap and pour it slowly too. If you have a lot of bubbles in your soap take a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray the top of the soap and the bubbles will pop. Once you have filled your mold place it into the freezer, this will help to not melt your apple. I only fill my molds full enough to cover my apple, you can fill yours as full as you like. Once the soap is set pop it out of its mold and voila cute little apple soap.
 

 I put my soap into zip bags then I whipped out some apple tags to tie onto them. You can also wrap your soap in plastic wrap instead of putting them into bags.

I sure hope my kids teachers enjoy them. 

I made these a few months ago. Click here if you want to see how I made them.

6 comments:

  1. Pretty! I love how you made the apple! I would have never thought of that.

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  2. Visiting from Sister Sunday. I LOVE this!

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  3. I love it!! thats a wonderful idea and the apple is fabulous!

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  4. Such a fabulous idea!!! I love the little details. :) A great gift, especially the way you have it packaged.

    Thank you for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. If you could please add a link back to me or my party button, that would be great. Thank you! :)

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  5. Amanda, I am so sorry I did not link back to your post. This whole blogging thing is overwhelming and I am just getting started and still learning blogging etiquette. I did already have you linked at my main site on the bottom of my page. I did fix my post to have a link back to you. Sorry again.

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  6. Really cute, thanks for the pictures and step by step instructions!

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