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Check out this Striking Decorated Soap Craft which you can give to your loved ones as present for Valentine’s Day!
Striking Decorated Soap Craft
It’s time to embellish hearts, purchase candy, and sharpen Cupid’s arrows. February is nearing and that means Valentine’s Day. The holiday is full of love and appreciation, but too often we are overwhelmed with gifts of chocolate and roses. Please don’t get me wrong- I have a soft spot for a piece of good chocolate, but it is fun to mix up the norm every once in awhile. This year I decided to make “fancy” soaps decorated with dried herbs for gift giving in lieu of the traditional Valentine.
These simple gifts are economical and striking. The soaps are constructed primarily of items you already own or can easily locate at a dollar or grocery store. The dried herbs or flowers dress up this craft and make it unique. Crafters of every skill level will be able to whip up some gorgeous offerings that will be cherished by the recipient.
To make these Valentines Day Crafts decorated soaps, here is what you will need:
- Bars of Soap
- Dried Herbs or Flowers that are small and flat
- Wax Burner or Double Broiler
- Paint Brush
- Ribbons (optional)
Let’s get you crafting! Here is how you turn plain soap into a treasured gift:
Choose your soap. Ordinary soap works fine, but I enjoy using lavender and “fancy” concoctions like pomegranate rose hips. I discovered these wonderful scented soaps at the Dollar Tree. They look luxurious and only cost $1. Get creative and use different brands. Today I used a block of lye soap for sensitive skin.
Cut small herbs and flowers to fit your bar of soap. You can use any herb or flower that is small and somewhat flat. I have used artificial flowers before with little problem. Some suggestions are lavender, chamomile, sage, rosemary, violets, and small daisies. I used sage buds this morning, because it is what I had on hand. Don’t shy away from “cooking” herbs, because they often possess relaxing aromas.
Melt your wax. I used paraffin wax, because it is cheap and dries semi-transparent. However, you can use old candles or wax specifically made for crafting. Use what you have in the house. If needed, you can melt crayons or birthday candles to tint the wax. I used my wax burner to melt the wax and keep it viable. In the past I have used a double broiler, but I like the ease and smaller size of my wax burner.
Take your paint brush and add a small amount of liquid wax where you plan on placing your herbs. Quickly and gently place the sprig down on the wax to secure it. Now, you can gently brush was over the herb to seal it onto the soap. I like to add a thin layer of wax across the entire top to make the added pieces cohesive with the soap.
Finally, let the wax set and prepare the craft for giving. You can package the soaps in bags, wrap them in cellophane, or tie ribbons around them. I added a bow and small gift tag to the ones I made this morning.
Happy Crafting and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Thanks to Nicole Cross from Plain Graces for this Valentines Day Crafts idea.
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