SUBMITTED BY: Betti-PA (who is not a soap welder)
All those soap slivers you made fun of me for saving last summer … (bathtub fun for kids). Even though DH threw out most of my soap sliver collection (can you imagine!?), I managed to salvage a quart Mason jar full of them.
I saw a project on Tipical Maryellen (?) the other week, so I decided to put these soap slivers to use … we made more soap.
Surprise Soap/Shaped Soap
- * 1 c (one bar) of soap
- * 3 Tbs water
- * food coloring (2-3 drops)
- * small plastic toy
Grate soap on a kitchen grater (I used a food processor; the dust was irritating but it worked well otherwise). Add water and a few drops of food coloring. Mix to make a dough.
- Shape into cakes…or…
- To make Surprise Soap, hide a small plastic toy in a ball of the soap
- To make Shaped Soap, press some dough into a cookie cutter. Put into the
freezer for about 5 minutes so it releases from the cookie cutter.
Let dry thoroughly at room temperature. It’s supposed to be able to float in the water.
A quart Mason jar of soap slivers made about 2 cups of soap crumbs after processing them. That translated into 8 cakes of soap! They are really cute … most of our soap was white, but the kids had some bright colored soap leftovers so it looks like confetti soap!
More projects for the kids…
- * Baby Bath
- * 1 Tbs. cornstarch
- * 2-3 drops food coloring
Mix it up and the kids can use a paint brush with it…on themselves, the tub or tile (not painted surfaces). The soap base keeps it from staining the skin.
Bathtub Finger Paint
- * Shaving Creme
- * 1-3 drops of food coloring (not too much or things could stain with this.
Mix it up in a bowl and use as finger paint. You can also sculpt with it and the sculptures will float on the water.
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