Tricks + Treats: Graphic Soaps by Sarah Rhodes

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Hi, It's Sarah from Team Rhodes Weddings! I am going to share a simple soap DIY with you this morning. Enjoy!

Shopping list:

– clear glycerin (found at craft stores) or you can recycle clear soaps of your own.
– essential oils for lovely smelling soaps
– a small milk carton
– tracing paper, book pages, transparency paper, any kind of paper, or pretty fabric squares.

Have your artwork to put in soaps ready before you start! Definitely use permanent pens to avoid ink bleeding. Measure the bottom of your milk carton, and cut squares slightly smaller than your measurement – you don't want paper sticking out of your soap. 🙂

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Over low heat, melt your glycerin in a pot on your stove. (If you get the craft store glycerin, use about 4-6 squares per bar.)

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Add your oils!

Once all the glycerin is melted, pour it into your milk carton. While it's still liquid, place your square of paper into the carton too. Use a spoon to try and get the paper to stick in the middle of the soap, and don't let it float to the top. 

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Put the whole carton in your freezer for quick setting! Once the soap is solid in the carton, you're ok to start on your next soap bar. Repeat all the steps and just pour the next batch over top of the first! 

Once you're done with all of them, and they're all solid, then tear off the carton around the bars. Use a non-serrated knife to cut the bars apart – they come apart easily! Anddd you're done. So easy! These are also great for little random Christmas gifts. (I start planning for Christmas gifts in September… sorry!)

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Thanks, Sarah! This looks like so much fun! I love that you can use your own artwork! I can't wait to try this… perfect for Holiday gifts. XO. elsie 

  • This is great! I have always wanted to learn how to make my own soaps, thanks so much for sharing!

    Have a super day!

    xoxo~Meg

  • Is this really soap if it’s just wax? Does it bubble up and actually clean your hands when you use it with water?

  • totally fun! i think my girls are going to make these with love notes to grandparents for Christmas! thank you so much for sharing!

    xo.

  • Melissa – good question, because there is a difference between plain glycerin and soap glycerin. At the craft stores, the glycerin will be labeled as soap glycerin, and already has the cleansing additive in it. It gets really sudsy!

  • K these soaps are freaking amazing. Soap making has always intimidated me but I really don’t think I can pass this idea up. So many fun possibilities to be creative! Thanks for sharing

  • I love this idea! Do you have any other suggestions for molds, if you can’t get your hands on a milk carton?

  • you can use anything that will hold hot wax! I like milk cartons because you can just tear them apart, but if you use something you can’t tear off, you can just grab a knife and wedge it out pretty easily, and buff out the knife marks 🙂

  • How long does it take on average for the soap to set in the freezer? If you’re doing multiple bars of soap it might be nice to know how long it will take to have a whole milk carton full of them.

  • i absolutely love this, and i enjoy the concept of making it your own; what a cool gift it would be to include money insidee, i think i’ll try that!

  • What a neat idea! But I wonder about what happens when you use the soap to the point of the picture…Might be a soggy mess =S

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  • could you use images you have printed off your computer or would the ink bleed?

  • Mold suggestion: Use muffin tins lined with wax paper. I haven’t tried it but it sounds like it will work. 😀

  • I have a question, what happens to the paper/fabric that is inside the soap once you start using it, will it eventually fall out?

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  • what happens to the paper as you use the soaps? wouldn’t it get wet and mushy as it emerges?

  • Woo, I have a question, can I put Photos instead of those ideas? of course paper photos is for my anniversary (:

  • Lovely idea and so easy to make:D
    But I’m just wondering, what happens when you use it and get to the paper bit?

  • Does why can’t you put the picture in first and pour the
    Glycerin on top?

  • Awesome! I think we’ll be making these for party favors for a 10 & 11 year old birthday party this weekend. So cute!

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  • what happens to the paper in the soap? does it tear into little peices when the soap gets thinner? What is the tracing paper for do you trace a picture and us the tracing paper in the soap? I really like this alot just curious about what happens to the art work.

    thank you

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  • What nature of containers do you use to shape these soaps it looks like a paper box, is it oily from inside…

  • you can use anything that will hold hot wax! I like milk cartons because you can just tear them apart, but if you use something you can’t tear off, you can just grab a knife and wedge it out pretty easily, and buff out the knife marks

  • Why in the heck is it so expensive then???!! Seriously, if it only takes 1″ of soap that’s just crazy! I’m dinlfeteiy going to try this, I have a few empty foaming bottles my daughter likes to play with. Thanks!Oh and thanks for dropping by our cafe hop today. I’m here to follow you back :)Happy Thursday!

  • Elsie, I love your blog so much, you cannot fathom! I’m rather certain I used stumbleupon to find this, and I’m not sure which DIY I came to first (it was SO very many months ago). I went crazy for christmas and did something creative for all of my friends, and I couldn’t have done it without your help!

    This soap making project sparked so many cool ideas. I tried this for my boyfriend for a valentine’s day present. I didn’t use a drawing or a pretty square of fabric though… I used pieces of ribbon, decorative brads with the little arms plucked off, and tiny felt hearts. It was adorable! I wanted to start doing soaps like this more often, but since I buy milk in jugs instead of cartons, it just seemed a little uneconomical. I found that muffin tins and PVC pipe make really good molds! When I used the muffin tins, i was a bit worried I wouldn’t be able to get the bars out, but I just flipped it upside down, tapped it a few times, and the bar would fall right out! and with PVC pipe, you can slice the soap for nice even bars.

    I am forever in your debt!!
    -Ray