Day 2 of easy homemade gifts, the perfect accompaniment to yesterday’s tea cup candles!
Homemade soap? Wellll….sort of. This is melt and pour soap so you’re not going to have to muck about getting the mixture right, you’re just providing the design and the scent, the rest is done for you. Perfect for a beautiful and simple gift!
You will need:
- Melt and pour soap (cheaply bought from eBay) clear and opaque, (clear for the blue layer only)
- Small plastic fish
- Glitter (fine)
- Blue soap colourant or food dye
- Silicone loaf style mold
- Isopropanol spray
- A microwave
- A bowl and spoon
- Cut half your opaque soap into cubes.
- Place into the microwave for around 3 minutes until all the soap has melted.
- Now you can add your fragrance, colour and a little glitter. Stir in gently so you don’t get bubbles but not too slowly in case it starts to set!
- Pour slowly (to avoid bubbles) into your mold.
- Leave to cool for around three hours then spray with Isopropanol . This will stop colour leaking from one layer to another.
- Once the first layer is hard you can add the other layers in the same way, just make sure you leave enough time for the layers to harden before adding the next one. You can now add your fish.
- As you add the next layer (using the clear soap with blue colourant this time), just remember the fish are going to float so pour gently. Leave for three hours then add the final layer (the opaque soap with glitter in, as before).
- Once it has all set you are ready to remove it from the mold and slice into beautiful soap! Easy peasy and very rewarding!
First, tea cup candles, which are always beautiful and when put together with the soap I’m going to show you tomorrow look very vintage and good quality.
First, the basics you are going to need:
- Wax (can be bought cheaply from eBay)
- Tea cups (hit your local House Clearance shop, they’ll be very cheap – I got a full set of six with saucers for £3)
- Wax dye or crayons (don’t use food dye, the oil and water won’t mix)
- Hair dryer or embossing gun
- Bowl, saucepan and wooden spoon
- First, put your wax into a bowl.
- Fill the saucepan with boiling water and place the bowl of wax in the water.
- Heat until all the wax is melted. Be careful not to let it boil because you don’t want water in your wax!
- In the meantime, you can get your cups ready. Wait until the wax has nearly all melted then use your hairdryer or embossing gun to heat the cups. This is an important step as it reduces the chance of the wax sinking in the middle, (one of mine still sunk this time, it’s quite tricky to get it bang on, in this situation I usually cheat – wait until it has cooled and add a sneaky bit on top to cover the hole, shhhh!).
- Place your wick into the cup and secure in place with two pencils to stop it moving around when you pour.
- Now the wax is completely melted you can add your frangrance, make sure you use a good quality fragrance and lots of it or you won’t be able to smell it!
- To add your colour either scrape off a little of your dye or use your crayon. Be sparing, these candles look best when the colours are delicate.
- Once the scent and colour are stirred in you can pour into your cups. Pour slowly to avoid bubbles.
- Leave to cool. Ta-da!