Make Your Own Tie Dye Soap

Easy tie dye soap! (click through for tutorial) I’m a bit of a newbie to the soap game. I love the idea of making my own soaps (especially for gift giving and hostess gifts), but since I haven’t had much experience in the soap world yet, I thought I’d start off with a simpler idea for my first try. If you’re also a newbie but have been wanting to make your own, let’s do this one together!

Easy tie dye soap! (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
white melt-and-pour soap
-microwave safe container
essential oil of your choice
soap dye
soap thermometer
-plastic soap mold
popsicle sticks for stirring
spray bottle with rubbing alcohol 

Cut your melt-and-pour soap with a sharp knife into 1/2″ cubes and place 2 cups of soap in a pourable microwave safe container. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring at the end of each interval. Once the soap is completely smooth and melted, allow the soap to cool a bit until it reaches 145° (use the soap thermometer to track the temperature). Once the soap has cooled, add the desired amount of essential oil and stir until combined.

Easy tie dye soap! (click through for tutorial) Use the dye droppers to drop dots of dye onto your empty soap molds, spreading out the colors if using more than one. 

Easy tie dye soap! (click through for tutorial) Easy tie dye soap! (click through for tutorial) Pour the soap into the molds. Stop pouring when the mold is halfway full and spray some alcohol on the soap to spread the color. Repeat with another spray of alcohol once the mold is full and use your popsicle stick to move the color around the mold.

Easy tie dye soap! (click through for tutorial) Easy tie dye soap! (click through for tutorial) Keep swirling until you like the pattern you have, and then let your soap harden.  Once it’s set, pop the soap out of the mold, and you’re done!

Easy tie dye soap! (click through for tutorial) Easy tie dye soap! (click through for tutorial) I will say that marbling and tie dye can be a bit of a hit or miss process (even though you may do the same exact thing both times). You may have a dud soap that just doesn’t spread the color like you want, but keep making them! You’ll still get several good ones in, I promise! You can even get a fun mold to make a cool shape with your soap as well. 

I like to cut the sides of the soap with a knife after popping them out of the mold to give them even more of that handmade look. I love marbled/tie dye look on just about anything, so I’m excited to add these to my bathroom and give a few out as gifts too (maybe with a pretty soap dish!). If you love the idea of a homemade soap but aren’t the DIY type, you can browse these amazing soapmakers and find something special there. We’ve got lots of soap DIYs in our archives as well so take a look and see which you want to make! Hope you’ll jump into soap making with this project if you haven’t already! xo. Laura

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MAKE YOUR OWN TIE DYE SOAP

Make tie dye soap at home!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut your melt-and-pour soap with a sharp knife into 1/2″ cubes and place 2 cups of soap in a pourable microwave safe container. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring at the end of each interval. Once the soap is completely smooth and melted, allow the soap to cool a bit until it reaches 145° (use the soap thermometer to track the temperature).

  2. Once the soap has cooled, add the desired amount of essential oil and stir until combined.

  3. Use the dye droppers to drop dots of dye onto your empty soap molds, spreading out the colors if using more than one. 

  4. Pour the soap into the molds. Stop pouring when the mold is halfway full and spray some alcohol on the soap to spread the color. Repeat with another spray of alcohol once the mold is full and use your popsicle stick to move the color around the mold.

  5. Keep swirling until you like the pattern you have, and then let your soap harden.  Once it’s set, pop the soap out of the mold, and you’re done!

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Luv, luv your article. I too am a newbie and I am thrilled you shared this simple but beautiful design. Here’s wishing you continued success. Regards

  • Thank you for this. I find using silicone moulds are easier than plastic ones, the soap is easier to pop out.

  • Thank You for sharing, especially being a newbie (me too). All these soap making tutorials are so intimidating and are just way to difficult when you’re just learning. I like that there are a few of you still left that understand that it’s not always as easy as it seems.

  • I’ve been wanting to make some soap for so long, and this is so easy it would be rude for me not to start! They look gorgeous xx

    dahliariver.blogspot.com

  • Yaaay I love love love this soap how to! The colour effect adds so much fun!
    Hannah x
    http://crafternooncabaretclub.com

  • What an awesome idea! I love the tie-dye effect – thanks for the tips! I’ll be putting this on my to-do list 🙂

    Lindsay / myhouseoflove.com

  • This is such a cool idea!! 😮 thanks for sharing

    Dorky-and-weird.blogspot.com

    Xoxo Jessy

  • This is such a great idea! I always wanted to make my own so but the tie-dye aspect is genius. Love it!

  • Wow! Thanks for the idea! Going to make it into a kid project, my kids will LOVE it.

    Apryl
    @paperplanelaneboutique

  • HI! I don’t think it would be the same and the soap dye is specially made to not stain your hands. I would try looking online to see if you can get some shipped to you, good luck!

    Laura 😉

  • Amazing tie-dye and colour combination! Love to try this sometimes.

    http://www.kinikunormal.blogspot.com/

  • I’ve never tried making soap, but it seems like such a fun thing to do! It really would make a great gift. 🙂

  • How fun! Didn’t know you can just buy soap blocks ready to be melted!

    Juju Sprinkles
    http://www.jujusprinkles.com

  • This looks so cool! I think it’s time to hit up Michaels for a few crafting supplies 🙂

  • These soap bars are so cute! They would make great gifts!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • These look so cute and fun for summer! would love to give this a go! xx

    www.krystelcouture.com

  • I LOVE soap making so I’ll definitely try this tutorial. Usually I add dried herbs from my garden to make fragrant, herbal soaps. I love how colorful and fun these soap bars are!

  • I absolutely love this, the shape and the designs looks really unique. Would give a try real soon.

    http://dleonalife.blogspot.com/

  • No Mary it doesnt. The dyes are in small quantities.

    http://dleonalife.blogspot.com/

  • diy soap, something i would have wanted to do for quite some time now 🙂

  • I’ve been wanting to make my own soap after a co-worker brought some samples in to work. She made amazing scents, and I was hooked! I love the tie dye look and I never thought alcohol was used to blend out all of the colors. It worked so well!

    Monica / Mocha and Moccasins

  • This is such a cute idea! Perfect for a unique hostess gift!

    – Sarah
    sarahintheglasses.blogspot.com

    • I have my own recipe but thanks looks nice and also for some reason mine turned green, black and brown

  • Wow!!! This actually seems doable. This would be an awesome rainy day project, and then you’ve got lots of gifts on hand! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • My first job when I was eleven was wrapping home made soap for a lady at our church. This brings back fond memories. I might have to try it.

  • Hi from Argentina!
    I love the blog, and really like this DIY. I wanted to know if its possible to use food coloring instead of soap dye? I don’t think I could get that in my country
    xx

  • Wow, how cute are these! I’ve never made soap before but like you, it’s always been on my list. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial. xoxo Lisa

  • So cool! Love this idea for gifts or just for fun! Very creative.
    Happy Summer!
    xx Lane

  • They look really pretty. I never even thought about tie dye soap but now that I see it here I’ll definitely add it to the DIY to do list!

    -M
    www.violetroots.com

  • WOW! It turned so beautiful. I’m a newbie in the soap game too but I already have 1 project to try from you guys. The one with pictures/images inside the soap, and now, this one too!

    I’m taking too long to get the supplies to making soap. i don’t know, as I live in a small place, I just think it’s going to be a mess when I start.
    But this project sounds fun and will be great (and almost silly, but who cares?) having a soap combining with the colors of my bathroom. 😀

    http://www.loveandeverythingblog.com

  • These look beautiful, I can’t wait to try it! We tie dyed some jeans the other day in Dylon burlesque. Such a quick an easy DIY, maybe a pastel shade for the summer would be fun B-)

  • These turned out beautifully 😀
    I love the effect you get with marbling too.

  • Okay, I know what I am doing this weekend. So cool!

    – Kaitlyn | www.TheCrownFox.com

  • I have always wanted to make my own soap too! This one looks so fun! It would make such a great gift. Thanks for sharing! I’m excited to try it out! 🙂
    www.sweetlytattered.com

      • No, I am very sorry, but fabric dye is much harsher than soap dyes and could harm an individual’s skin. Stick to just soap fragrances and soap dyes for safety, and appearance!

  • That looks amazing! This may be a silly question but does the soap dye dye your skin? That’s my only concern!

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