Semi Handmade Valentine’s Day Heart Soaps {How to Make Fun Soap Balls}

Happy Friday My Friends. I have a fun project to share today that is not only inexpensive and incredibly easy – but you probably already have everything you need right at home. These Semi Handmade Heart & Star Soaps & Soap Balls are a festive spin on a project I have previously shared and they make great little gifts for holidays – not to mention the fun the they add to
bath time for your little ones.


I started making Soap Balls when my little guy was diagnosed with severe allergies – as he can only use Dove soap. The Soap Balls make the plain white bars a little more fun – plus they can be made into any size or shape making them a better fit in the palms of little hands.

Materials Needed:
Bar of Soap
Kitchen Box Grater
Water
Cookie Cutters {optional}

Additional Materials Needed: Mixing Bowl and Spoon.


Begin by grating the bar of soap by hand on a kitchen box grater. Use the course side of the grater so the flakes are a little larger and easy to work with. There are a lot of soaps on the market that are already colored {Caress [peach] and Irish Spring [green]} however you can also color a plain white bar of soap by adding natural organic food coloring. {you only need one drop per mix} Oatmeal can also be added in for some additional texture.

I used Dove [Rose] soap for the hearts and shapes today as we will be using these as hand soaps. Due to my son allergies though, I typically just use classic Dove Soap and India Tree Natural Decorating Colors if we want to add a little color. {India Tree brand is made from vegetable colorants and contain no corn syrup or synthetic dyes. They are also milk, egg, wheat, nut, and soybean free}


Once the soap grated it is ready to be mixed. Using a small separate bowl, add 1/2 Teaspoon of water, then add approximately 4 Tablespoons of the grated soap. If you are going to use any additives you want to add them now. {note: if you are using organic food coloring ONE drop is plenty} Gently toss together and let sit for one minute.


As you begin to stir the mixture it will begin to form into a 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. {note: If you pick the ball up and gently squeeze it, no water should drip. If it is too wet just add more grated soap}


At this point the soap mixture can be rolled into a ball shape. This part is messy and fun to get the kiddies involved with.

The soap mixture can even be packed into a cookie cutter and gently removed to create some festive shapes.


Lay the Soap Balls and Shapes on a wire rack to dry.


They will dry to handle within 24 hours and should be completely re-cured {hardened} within 48 hours.


I was able to get two heart and two star shapes from one bar of soap – and one bar of soap generally makes two good sized soap balls.


Have a wonderful weekend ~ Enjoy!

                  

Comments

  1. Love this! So simple and pretty.

  2. SO cute! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love this :))
    Hope all is well with you,

    Happy Valentine’s Weekend!

    PS still loving my new rug I won on your blog!!

    xo
    Kay Ellen

  4. This is such a wonderful idea, love it! Thanks for sharing.

    Next time I’m at the store I shall definitely be picking up some bars of Dove.

  5. I think I love you, and this idea! I’ve always wanted to make soup but didn’t want to go the scratch way. This is perfect, will be cleaning out the cabinets this weekend and making some with my girls. Pinned.

  6. Very cute. Thank you for sharing. I’m seeing Christmas gifts in the future.

    Mommy Sauri~
    http://casadesauri.blogspot.com

  7. Oh my gosh…these are amazing. So beautiful, thanks for sharing this idea!

  8. What a cute idea! These would make fun little gifts! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love the idea! So pretty…

  10. I love it..
    So simple and easy to follow directions..
    Thank You..
    Have a great weekend..

  11. I love it. You made it so simple that I believe my special education adult class would have fun doing this. THANKS!

  12. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Will have to do this with the grands to give as gifts to their mothers. Again, Thanks!

  13. so pretty-tfs:)

  14. Great idea!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Thank you for sharing this great idea. I’ll definitely be making some of these and love how easy your directions were! Even added it to my 2012 Christmas Ideas list.

  16. This is so clever – I love it!!!!

  17. Oh my goodness, I love this!

  18. I have never seen anything like this! You really do come up with incredible ideas! These are so fun and pretty!

  19. This is too cute! I am definitely making some for my grandkids!

  20. This is sooo great! Love how super simple it is. And how easy it will be to make the bath special for not only us but for guests also. Thanks and Happy Valentines DAY!

  21. What a great idea..This project is a good one to do with my granddaughter..She would love it! Thank you for presenting this!

  22. What a cool idea. thanks for sharing!
    -Jennifer
    http://decoratedchaos.blogspot.com

  23. Hi, these are adorable and am saving this for next Christmas to do with my nieces.

    One question–at what point do you put the extra shavings on top–that texture is what takes it from soap to luxury cleansing bars! ;)

    Thanks!

  24. I have got to say Im so glad I found your blog! Im not much into blogs but yours is keeping my mind going on such great easy fun cheap gifts! Im in love lol! Thank you for sharing such great ideas!

  25. Stephanie, I’m loving all your entries. So happy to have found you.
    Soap making it is!! I have a cute ‘Texas Longhorn’ cookie cutter that would make some neat College soaps.

    Can’t wait to try this.

  26. I love this. I’m so going to try Soap Making!
    Thanks Stephanie!

  27. Hi Stefanie…. come hop over and have a look what we did with your beautiful idea to make Soap Balls…. Thank you so much for your inspiration to make an amazing little give away for the Golden Wedding of my parents!!!! Kiss & Hug from Jutty&Poppy from Germany

  28. “They will dry to handle within 24 hours and should be completely re-cured {hardened} within 48 hours.” Or maybe I am just reading it wrong. Please excuse this ADHD old lady lol.

  29. We have done this for a bible story at church and put little plastic items inside the ball as a surprise

  30. Fabulous! Making these for sure :)

        

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