Looking for fun Easter gifts to make with the kids? How about these cute & colourful little Easter soaps.
To make them you'll need:
Easter silicone moulds (we used 4)
1kg clear soap base
Old wooden spoon
2 measuring jugs for melting the soaps
Optional: Essential oils for fragrance
Start by cutting the block of soap into smaller chunks. If you're planning to make only a few soaps you won't need to melt all the soap, so any leftover soap can be wrapped & stored away for another day. Our soaps filled 4 trays & we only used half the block of soap.
We split our soaps into 2 measuring jugs & heated each one in the microwave for 2 minutes at a time until the soap had melted. (This mixture is very hot, so an adult needs to handle the jug)
If you want to make the soaps in a variety of colours, pour the melted soap into different containers so you can add the soap dyes separately. If you're using just 1-2 colours keep the contents in the measuring jugs.
To colour your soap just add a couple of drops of your dye (less is more) & mix by stirring slowly, then carefully pour your soap into the Easter moulds. If you're adding a fragrance then add just a drop of your chosen scent into each soap.
Leave the soaps to stand on a flat surface for a couple of hours to dry completely.
Then gently pop them out of the moulds. This is always the magic part!
As the silicone is so flexible the soaps come away from the moulds with very little pressure.
If you're making your soaps to share as gifts simply wrap in greaseproof or wax paper & tie with ribbon to keep them clean. We made several of these last year for friends & the soaps looked so pretty. We even had requests for more! They make great gifts for classmates, cute prizes for Easter Egg hunts, & are a neat alternative to Easter candy treats.
If you're keeping these for yourself (& I don't blame you, they're beautiful) the soaps will need to be kept in an airtight container, away from sunlight. They should last for months like this, we still have some heart-shaped ones that we made before Christmas & they look perfect.