The succulent craze has been going strong, and it’s easy to see why. They’re some of the simplest plants to care for! You don’t even need a green thumb. Decorating with succulents doesn’t stop at the pots and windowsills, though. Why not make DIY soap bars? This charming project doubles as the perfect gift for a fellow plant lover. They also make lovely party favors for a wedding or summer get together. Here’s how to make them.
- Darice Clear Glycerin Soap
- Life of the Party Bar Soap Molds
- Soap Cutter
- Darice Wooden Craft Stick
- Essential Oils (Optional)
- Heat-safe Glass Container with Handle (I used a Pyrex measuring cup.)
- Darice Faux Succulent Garland
Step 1. Using the soap cutter, chop up the soap into small cubes. The amount of soap needed will depend on the size and shape of your finished DIY soap bars. To be safe, prepare more than you think you’ll need.
Step 2. Place the cubes in a heat-safe glass container; a Pyrex measuring cup works wonderfully. Melt the soap in the microwave according to the package’s directions. To avoid overheating, heat it up in short intervals. This will let you continuously check the soap to make sure it doesn’t get too hot. As it melts, give it a quick stir with a wooden stick and add more soap cubes.
If you don’t have a microwave, you can use the stove. Simply place the container in a pot over low heat. Again, keep an eye on the soap and check it frequently. You can add more cubes as it starts to melt.
Whatever you do, never overheat the soap. It shouldn’t bubble and pop. Always use an oven mitt and potholder when handling hot containers.
Step 4. Once the soap has completely melted, place the container on a pot holder. Add essential oils to scent the soap to your liking. Mix well with the wooden stick. For this project, I used a combination of lime and grapefruit oils.
Step 5. Pour a thin layer of soap into each mold. Place several succulents in each one, face down. Let sit for a few minutes. This technique will help you position the succulents according to your preference.
If the succulents float around, re-position them with the wooden stick.
Want some variation? Add faux leaves or branches. To give one as a gift, place it in a Darice organza favor bag. You can also pack a set of three in a cardboard box filled with shredded paper.
Check out our heart soap DIY tutorial for another homemade soap project.
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.