Melt and Pour soap is one of the easiest crafts to do. A few supplies, molds and a little bit of time can garner you wonderful smelling soap. It can be adapted to your favorite scents, and even made into small decorative bars for your guest bathroom. Take an afternoon and try your hand at making your own, or grab a friend and even more fun!
Depending on the size of your double boiler, break off 1/3 to 1/2 of soap. Cut into small chunks and place in the top of a double boiler. Place water in the bottom of the double boiler, approximately 1/3 to ½ full. Make sure it is not touching the bottom of the top piece. Bring water to a soft boil and turn heat to simmer. Place the top of the double boiler in the bottom. Allow soap to completely melt.
Remove top of double boiler from heat. Add coloring and stir to blend. Add fragrance and stir.
Pour soap into molds, leaving a scant lip (do not over fill). Allow soap to ‘cure’ (harden) for approximately 1 hour. To test, touch lightly with a fingertip. If the soap is solid, then it is ready.
Remove soap from molds. Allow to continue cooling/curing for at least one more hour. Do not place soap in freezer to hasten this step!
Wrap individual soaps in tissue paper or plastic wrap. Assemble gift basket.
Step back and admire your great work!