Soap Balls {for Mom and Kiddies too!}

I’m not sure who’s going to love these more….

I started making these little guys when my son was diagnosed with severe allergies; He can only use Dove soap and I just had to find a way to make that plain white bar a little more fun! I thought I would include this recipe in the ‘Projects for Mom’ series because these make adorable little hand soaps too that mom is sure to love. {plus you can get really creative with them and customize them to her liking}

All you need for this project is bar soap… yep, that’s about it. There are a lot of soaps on the market that are already colored {like Caress [peach] and Irish Spring [green]} however you can get a little fancy with plain white soap by adding natural organic food coloring. {I am talking one drop per ball} Oatmeal can also be added for some texture or even some additional essential oils for various scents too. I simply use classic Dove Soap and Select Brand organic natural food coloring.

Start by grating your bars of soap on a hand kitchen box grater. I use the course side so the flakes are a little larger and easy to work with. One bar of soap generally makes two good sized soap balls. {this part smells really good!}Once you have the soap grated you are ready to start mixing. I like to use a small separate bowl and start off with 1/2 Teaspoon of plain tap water. Then add approximately 4 Tablespoons of the grated soap. If you are going to use any additives you want to add them now. {Again, if you are using organic food coloring ONE drop is plenty…you don’t want anyone turning colors on you} Give it a good toss and let sit for one minute.
Then all you have to do is stir. You may need to adjust the mix a bit by slowly adding more soap until it starts to form the ball on it’s own. The consistency is very important as you do not want a soapy wet mixture. It should be a bit on the dry side but sticky enough to stay together. If you pick the ball up and gently squeeze it, no water should drip. If it’s wet you’ll need to add more soap.
Using your spoon compact the mixture together as much as you can, then pick it up in your hands and roll into a ball shape.
They will dry to handle with in 24 hours and should be completely re-cured {hardened} within 48 hours. Have fun! Enjoy!

                  

Comments

  1. That is one of the neatest things I’ve ever seen! I’m gonna have to try this!
    {Rebekah}

  2. You are so amazingly creative! I love it!

  3. I saw this in Family Fun magazine during one of the winter months, they called it snowball soap or something and put little toys in the middle of the “snowball”…great idea, bet my kids would love this

  4. Those are adorable!

  5. Another great project!

  6. What a neat idea. Thanks for sharing. Great for gifts. Love & blessings from NC!

  7. Another amazing project!

  8. What a fun idea! This would be a great gift. I think it would be really neat to stamp a monogram into it somehow too!

  9. what a great idea! I love it!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

  10. Morning, Stephanie!

    Now, this is very clever! I love all of your creative ideas, and this is a fun thing to have on hand. I bet my godchildren would love it. Thanks for the tip!

    Hope you are well and that you have a lovely day…

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  11. Stephanie..wow! Another great idea! These look like a lot of fun to try. Yours really came out pretty!!

    -heather

  12. This is soo cute!! What a neat idea. This would be great to make and give along with a bath set…sugar scrub and lotion!! Thanks for sharing!
    -Amy
    http://www.thebutcherthebakerthecraftmaker.blogspot.com

  13. Such a cute idea! We are having our son allergy tested now, and Dove is on the safe list – this would make bath time much more fun!

  14. These could be easily customized to the recipient! Great idea.

    Thanks for linking up with What are little boys made of?

  15. You come up with the neatest ideas

  16. Great idea! specially for those of us that can´t go with any soap but dove! I am so gona try this.

  17. SO cool!

  18. How cute! My kids would love that.

  19. THIS IS SUCH A GREAT IDEA!!! COLORS AND SHAPES CAN BE ADDED TO ACCENT A HOLIDAY OR AN OCCASSION.

  20. That project looks so fun! I am going to have to try it out!

    XOXO
    Jen

  21. I don’t know if I could go through all that….I’d have to find one already made. ;-)

  22. Fun! This looks like waaay too much fun! The image made me smile and long for fresh fallen snow. :)

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  23. We made these at Christmas for my boys to give to some of their friends. (But we used a food processer to grate it, and hotel soap bars) and before we rolled our “snow” balls, we put a little Artic critter in the middle. (I got a tube of animals from Sea World, but any small critter would work) My sons’ friends were all very excited to get them. We wrapped them in cello bags with a little ribbon and a tag.

  24. These would look so cute in a bowl in the bathroom around Christmas time. Very cute idea!

  25. What a great idea, and a great girt idea1

  26. My son would love playing with these!

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills Party!

  27. Hehe! Looks like fun! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

    Ginger
    SSB

  28. These look like so much fun!

  29. Oh! Oh! Oh! I’m going to make one of these:
    http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2010/05/11/fire-fire/

    And paint it a super light green (A little lighter than her candle holder) and then I will make the soap balls and put some lavender essential oil in them and dye them purple! Then I will decoratively stack them into a pyramid, cover them with a dome, and give them to my mommy!!!

    YEAH!! I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!!

  30. Hi! This looks like a great way to use up all those slivers of soap we end up with instead of throwing them away! I could use my plain white soap and combine some of my husband’s strongly scented Irish spring and not even need to add additional scent.

  31. I am a special education teacher and when I worked in the classroom (now a SAHM) I had my students make these, with oatmeal, for teacher gifts one year. We added a twine loop for “soap on a rope.” It was truly one of my most favorite memories and projects!

  32. Hi! We made these when I was in the 1st grade (I’m 41 now) but we used Dreft laundry soap!

    -Susan

  33. What a fun project! Adding it to my list of things to do!

  34. I have been looking for ideas on what to give my sister and best friend for throwing a baby shower for me… and i decided to put together a bag for them… it will contain, Soap Balls, Brown Sugar and Vanilla body scrub, and the lemon hand scrub with some spoons and cloths, and cutsie things!!! Thanks for all the great ideas!!!

  35. Thanks – I’m going to make these soap balls with my son, he’ll sure get a kick outta these! I have got this linked to my decorative balls post too today, well done!

  36. I know this is a kind of old post, but you can save super amounts of time by microwaving Ivory soap. It expands and dries out until it is easy to crumble. Put the soap on a microwave safe dish (like a Pyrex pie pan)and cook for 1-2 minutes. It won’t burn or anything if you go too long, it just stops expanding. I haven’t tried it with Dove so I am not sure if it works.

  37. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas!

        

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