Melt-and-Pour Soap

Make-Ahead Holiday Gift: Melt-and-Pour Soap

Melt and Pour Soap

You've seen them everywhere from crafts fairs to bath boutiques: pretty handmade gift soaps. Clear and colorful or rich with natural additives for beautiful skin, they're a welcome holiday gift.

Best of all, they're easy to make using melt-and-pour soap. Heated in the microwave, clear or opaque glycerin soap base is combined with colorants and fragrances, then poured into molds to harden. When cool, soaps pop right out of the molds, ready to use.

Follow the soap-making tips and soap starter projects linked below to help you master this squeaky-clean craft.

Easy Gift: Starry Night Melt-and-Pour Soap

Starry Night Soap

Transparent soap the color of the sky. A crescent moon and shining star glow through a sweep of glitter stars.

This project teaches how to add cut-out opaque soap inclusions to clear bars. A bonus: free printable gift tags make this a great gift for any occasion!

Makes 1 4-ounce bar.

Girly Gift: Confetti Creations Melt-and-Pour Soap

Confetti Creations Soap

A two-in-one holiday gift for a special little girl: colorful plastic hair ornaments encased in a bar of glittering soap.

Made with clear glycerin soap base, soap fragrance and a pinch of soap glitter, this simple soap is an excellent beginning project for new soapcrafters.

Makes 1 4-ounce bar.

Alphabet Soap Recipe

Alphabet Soap

Splish-splash! A special child's name embedded in a bar of clear soap makes bath time fun for little ones. Pre-cut foam shapes make it easy.

More ideas? Add holiday messages to soaps for the guest room. For a "lady of the manor" touch, create personalized soaps with monograms or the family name for guest baths.

Makes 2 4-ounce bars.

Tips for Successful Soap-Making

Tips for Soap-Making

Ready to make melt-and-pour soap?

Keep these tips in mind for soap success.

They'll help take you from newbie to master crafter in short order.

Try a Kit

Brand-new to soap craft? Try a kit! Soap-making kits contain everything you'll need to create your first projects. They're usually a bit less expensive than purchasing components separately, and they can teach you the ins and outs of a new craft quickly.

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