Thursday, February 10, 2011

DIY: Melt and Pour "Valentine" Soaps

It is always special to receive a handmade gift from someone.  It is so nice just knowing they took the time to make it themselves just for you.These Lavender soap bars are a really easy craft to make and give as Valentine gifts.  You can easily use this craft for any holiday, just by changing the paper you wrap them in and maybe the scent too.  I buy the melt and pour soap base at the craft store, however you can even find organic or all natural ones on line.  Here's how to make them.

What you will need:

-melt and pour soap base
-soap molds (also available at craft stores)
-essential oil (I am using Lavender)
-dried lavender flowers (optional)
-decorative paper

-First break up the block of soap into smaller pieces for quick and easy melting

-Put them in a microwave safe container, I use the pyrex measuring cup for easy pouring

-melt the soap in the microwave in 30 second intervals stopping to stir in between until melted

-add about 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil and about 3tbsp. of the dried flowers and mix

-pour into your molds and let cool completely

-when cool release them from the mold

-I wrapped mine in pinks and reds for Valentine's Day with paper found at the craft store

-simple and pretty little gifts!!

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