DIY Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soaps

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Homemade Stocking Stuffer Gift Idea for Christmas - DIY Gingerbread Man Snow Globe Soap

If you’re looking for a fun homemade gift idea for the holidays, then you’ll definitely want to consider these super cute DIY Handmade Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soaps! Kids love bathing with these fun soaps. And once the soap is gone, they are left with a little gingerbread man figurine they can take along with them on all of their holiday adventures! Keep reading to learn how to make your own melt and pour snow globe soaps and for a chance to win an all inclusive DIY Snow Globe Soap Kit from Wholesale Supplies Plus!

Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soap DIY! This fun winter craft tutorial will walk you through the steps of making your own homemade snow globe soaps for the holiday season! These are so cute and they make fun Christmas gifts for kids!

DIY Holiday Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soaps

Recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus

Ingredients:

10.5 oz. Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base
1.5 oz. White Melt & Pour Soap Base
1 teaspoon Matte American Red Liquid Pigment
1 teaspoon Super Sparkle Iridescent Glitter
10 ml Peppermint Stick Fragrance Oil
Rubbing Alcohol
10 Mini Gingerbread Men Toys

Supplies & Equipment:

Cookie Sheet or Cutting Board
2 – Cake Pop Silicone Molds
Mixing Spoon
Plastic Transfer Pipette
Digital Kitchen Scale
Knife or Soap Cutter
2 – 2 Cup or larger Pyrex Measuring Cups
Microwave
Spray Bottle

Instructions:

This recipe yields 10 gingerbread snow globe soaps, however if you purchase the snow globe kit you can actually make up to 12 by slightly increasing the recipe. (The gingerbread men are sold in packs of twelve.) You can make 8 snow globes with one cake pop silicone mold in two stages – as it only has 8 cavities – or you can make them all at once if you have two of these molds.

Start by filling a small spray bottle with rubbing alcohol. You will be using this to spritz on after each layer of soap to prevent bubbles and help the layers adhere to one another. You’ll also want to place your silicone mold onto a cookie sheet or cutting board in case you need to move the soaps while they are still setting up inside the mold.

How to Make Handmade Christmas Snow Globe Soaps

Now begin making your soaps by first weighing out the clear melt & pour soap base. Cut it into chunks with a knife or soap cutter then melt in the microwave just until melted. This melt & pour soap base melts really fast – under a minute! – so watch it carefully. Once melted, measure out the Peppermint Stick Fragrance Oil with a plastic transfer pipette and stir into the soap base. Measure out the glitter and stir it in as well.

Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - DIY Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soaps

Now place one gingerbread man into each of the mold cavities and slowly pour the melted soap base into each cavity. Leave room around the lip of the mold so there is room to add the “snow” and snow globe base. Once you have filled each cavity equally with soap, spritz the top of the soaps with alcohol and allow to set up. (This base will set up fairly quickly if not overheated. Just don’t put it in the freezer or it will cloud your clear soap base.) Set the remaining soap base aside for use later.

Once your soap has solidified, weigh out and melt the white melt & pour soap base in a second measuring cup. Spritz the tops of the solidified soap again with alcohol then slowly pour the white soap evenly in each cavity. Spritz with alcohol and allow to set up.

Handmade Christmas Gift Idea - DIY Homemade Snow Globe Melt and Pour Soaps

Once the new layer of soap has solidified, re-melt the clear soap with fragrance and glitter. Next, Stir in just enough red pigment to created a deep red color. Spritz the molded soaps with alcohol, then slowly pour the red soap – what will be the snow globe “base” – into each cavity until filled. Spritz again with alcohol and allow to solidify.

Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - DIY Gingerbread Man Snow Globe Soap Stocking Stuffer

Once the snow globe soaps have completely set up, remove them from the mold cavities and wrap tightly with professional plastic food wrap film. This will keep them from sweating. Then label and add any other additional packaging as desired and they are ready to gift! These snow globe soaps make great homemade stocking stuffers. Or gift them in a box of other fantastic treats for the holidays!

If you’d like a chance to win this holiday inspired DIY soap kit from Wholesale Supplies Plus, simply enter via Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to USA residents 18+ and ends October 31st, 2013. (Refer to terms and conditions for full rules governing this giveaway.)

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For more fantastic homemade soap projects and recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest. You can also follow my DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gifts Board and Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas Board for more DIY holiday gift ideas! Don’t want to miss a post? Follow Soap Deli News via Blog Lovin’ or sign up for my newsletter for a monthly summary of posts, giveaways and coupon codes to Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.


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DIY Printable Holiday Gift Wrap and Gift Tags

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Christmas-Tree

My Christmas tree is up and all that’s left are the gifts! I’m still working on my holiday shopping, but once that’s done all that’s left is wrapping presents! My mom has traditionally waited until Christmas Eve to wrap gifts, sometimes staying up into the wee hours of the morning to finish. I, on the other hand, like to wrap everything well before the big day and use – from what I am told – an excessive amount of tape. Of course I also love different papers and ribbons and bows! If you’re looking to fill not just your tree, but also the space below it with the prettiest packages ever, then take a peek at these lovely DIY gift wrap ideas!

DIY Printable Holiday Gift Wrap and Gift Tags

1. A Collection of Round Red Printable Gift Tags from Lovely Design | 2. Wooly Woodland Printable Gift Wrap from ellinee journal | 3. Simple Printable Holiday Gift Tags from Kelly Stahley | 4. Printable Christmas Patterned Papers from Craft and Creativity | 5. Printable Doilies and Kraft Paper Wrapping Paper from daily suze | 6. Printable Pink Gift Wrap Sheets and Tags + DIY Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments from Domestifluff | 7. Printable Holiday Season Wrapping Paper from bloesem living | 8. Printable Winter Branches Wrapping Paper, Card and Gift Wrap from Gift Wrap It

DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas and Christmas Printables - Printable Gift Wrap and Gift Tags

1. Toilet Roll Pillow Box DIY from Heart Handmade UK | Printable Christmas Wrapper Strips from the pretty blog | 3. DIY Wine Bottle Gift Wrap from Fancy Free Me | 4. Using Wrapping Paper to Make DIY Decorative Tape from Country Living | 5. Glitzy Gift Wrap Boxes Idea from A Bit East-Coast | 6. Printable Gift Tags from Hello! Lucky | 7. Printable Gift Tags from Hey Look | 8. Colorful Striped Wrapping Paper from ellinee journal

Want more gift wrap ideas? Then check out these other great ideas from Soap Deli NewsDIY Handmade Holiday Gift Guide with Gift Wrap Ideas and a Printable DIY 2013 Calendar and Gift Wrap/Gift Tags. Also be sure to check out my Pretty Packaging Board and my Printables Board on Pinterest for more fabulous printable holiday gift tags!


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Upcycled Handmade Gift Ideas – Unique Gift Ideas for the Eco-friendly Conscious Recipient

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Upcycled. Recycled. Eco-friendly. Functional. Here are some super exciting handmade products I recently discovered that I love for their charm, function and more importantly for the fact that are either super eco-friendly or are made from recycled and upcycled products. These unique, handcrafted items are not only fun to buy and use, but would also make great gifts for the upcoming holidays!
Eco-Friendly Handmade Home Products
Upcycled Handmade Glass Home Products
Handmade Upcycled Jewelry and Accessories
Which is your favorite?

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The Bath, Beauty and Home Fragrance Giveaway

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Some of my favorite handmade products are those geared toward bath, beauty and home. Therefore I thought it’d be fun to offer a giveaway to my readers for a chance to win a selection of handmade products within those categories! To put this contest together, I joined up with three other great artisans – Blackberry Thyme, Still Water Candles, and Face. Body. Feet. One lucky winner will receive handmade products from all three of these shops along with a selection of handmade soaps from my own shop, Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.
Handmade White Tea and Ginger Goat Milk Soap from Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen

Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen was founded in 2001 after my handmade soap addiction got the best of me. I specialize in creating handmade shea butter soaps and lotions. When I’m not whipping up soaps, I love to listen to local live music, visit my city’s farmer’s market, read when time allows, and come up with fun and crafty new DIY projects for my blog, Soap Deli News. I am a proud single mother of a teenage son who is both a talented soccer player and a new driver in training. (He got his learner’s permit this summer!)

For this contest, I’ll be giving away three of my newest handmade soap bars – Handmade Lemon and Basil Shea Butter Soap, Handmade White Tea and Ginger Goat Milk Soap, and Handmade Coconut and Lime Goat Milk Soap. ($18 value.) In addition, you can also save an extra 25% off all sale products from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen when you use coupon code: BACKTOSCHOOL through September 30th, 2012. Buy as much as you want and never pay more than $6 in shipping!

Handmade Pumpkin Spice Soy Candle from Blackberry Thyme

Teresa, of Blackberry Thyme, is offering one of her luscious, Handmade Pumpkin Spice Soy Candles as a prize! ($8 value.) Heavily scented and dye free, this hand poured clean burning candle is a rich fragrance blend of cinnamon and clove with vanilla and coconut. (Be sure to read my review of Teresa’s candles that I posted a while back after making a purchase from her!)

Teresa opened her shop, Blackberry Thyme, in November 2007 as a way to create extra income for her family. She has always loved sewing and crafting and Blackberry Thyme allowed her the chance to be creative and remain a single, stay at home mom to her two children. Teresa specializes in hand crafting eco-friendly 100% soy wax candles, wax melts and handmade soaps. You can find her products both on Artfire and Bonanza.

Handmade Pamper Herbal Facial Steam from Face. Body. Feet.

Jacqueline, of Face. Body. Feet., is giving away one of her natural, herbal facial steams! The Pamper Herbal Steam consists of natural botanicals including chamomile, rose buds, lemongrass, passionflower, orange peel, and jasmine flowers blended together for a deep aromatic facial cleanse when added to boiling water. ($8 value.)

Jacqueline got her start into natural beauty after discovering Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Craftsin the library one summer.  Within it’s pages was a simple, natural bath tea recipe that Jacqueline thought would be fun to make. She purchased the herbal ingredients she needed for the recipe, and then made several lavender bath tea bags for her and her husband to try. All she remembers about that night was that she slept like a baby.

During Jacqueline’s research for natural ingredients and recipes, she discovered Etsy, an entire online marketplace for handcrafted items. After visiting Etsy’s bath and body section and seeing all of the great products people were offering, the seed was planted and Jacqueline started her own natural bath and body business, Face. Body. Feet.

Handmade Lilac Air Freshener in Jelly Jar from Still Water Candles

Janelle, of Still Water Candles, is sponsoring two of her delightfully scented Jelly Jar Air Fresheners for this giveaway – one in Lilac and one in Vanilla Sugar. These 4oz. air fresheners come in a cute jelly jar with a daisy cut lid to let the fragrance out. These air fresheners make the perfect substitute for areas where you can’t burn candles such as the dormitories, cars, or the office. They last much longer than candles and make adorable gifts. ($16 value.) Make any purchase from Still Water Candles through October 31, 2012 and use coupon code: 20FallSale to receive 20% off your purchase.

Janelle is 22 years old and recently graduated with a math degree. When she’s not making candles she enjoys reading, cooking, and walking her dog. Her shop, Still Water Candles, started out solely as a candle shop. However, since it’s conception, it has slowly evolved to also include sachets, air fresheners, and reed diffusers. She named her shop after one of her favorite verses, Psalm 23:2-3: “He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul.”

The total prize value of this contest is $50. If you’d like a chance to win, simply enter via Rafflecopter below through September 28, 2012. This contest is open to USA residents only, ages 18 and up.

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Shea Body Butter Recipe for Dry Skin

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This shea body butter recipe is a super hydrating body butter that is formulated for dry skin with just a few simple ingredients. If you have skin sensitivities, you can easily make this shea body butter recipe naked with no fragrance. Alternately it can also be made with your favorite fragrance or essential oil to leave your skin lightly scented throughout the day. And it’s perfect for homemade gifts!

Homemade Shea Body Butter Recipe

Shea Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

24 oz. shea butter
2 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. grapeseed oil (or other carrier oil)
1 oz. fragrance oil or 1/2 oz. essential oil of choice for scent (optional)

DIY Homemade Shea Body Butter Recipe from Soap Deli News Blog

Directions:

Weigh out your shea and cocoa butters using a digital scale. Melt on stove over medium heat or in microwave at 50% power. Stir. Weigh out the rice bran oil and stir into the melted shea and cocoa butters. Stir well. Measure out your fragrance, if desired, and stir well into the mixture. Slowly pour into desired containers and screw on lids. Allow to cool completely, then store in a cool, dry location. To expedite the cooling process you may place these in the refrigerator for several hours. Label and gift. This recipe yields approximately six 4oz. containers or four 8oz. containers.

To use, apply to skin. Great for dry feet and hands – apply then put on socks or gloves overnight – or as an under eye overnight cream to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can even use it as a deep, penetrating hair mask for dry hair or split ends. Or use as you would a lotion or cream. Ingredients for this recipe can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Have leftover ingredients for this recipe? Use it to make your own DIY Homemade Lip Balms! (You can substitute the olive oil in the lip balm recipe for rice bran oil!)


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