Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

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These easy DIY Christmas ornaments are made from Shrinky Dink paper. Not only do they look great on the tree but they make fun necklaces for kids too!

Create these easy DIY Christmas ornaments using Shrinky Dink Shrinkable Plastic! Not only do they look great on the tree but they also can be used as fun holiday necklaces for the kids!

Easy DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments Kids Can Make!

How to make easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

What you’ll need:

Rough & Ready Shrinky Dinks Shrinkable Plastic
embroidery floss
kraft paper or parchment paper
cookie sheet or baking pan
markers and/or paint pens
colored pencils
hole punch
copy paper, optional
scissors

Instructions:

Begin by drawing out Christmas tree shapes onto a plain sheet of copy paper until you get a design you like. Alternately you can search for Christmas tree clip art online. I drew all of my Christmas tree shapes free hand.

You’ll want your trees to take up anywhere from half to three-quarters of the page.

Now place one sheet of Shrinky Dink plastic on top of your design with the rough side up. Trace the outline of the tree with a marker.

How to Make Shrinky Dink Christmas Tree Ornaments

Now use markers or colored pencils to color in the trees. I used Prismacolor Colored Pencils for their bold pigments and ability to blend easily. If you like you can use gold and silver paint pens to add accents to your trees once they are colored.

How to Make Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

Now use a pair of scissors to cut out the Christmas tree shapes. Punch holes in the top of each tree using a hold punch, then place the shapes rough/colored side up on a baking or cookie sheet on top of either Kraft paper or parchment paper. Place in a preheated 350°F oven for approximately 3-3 1/2 minutes or until the trees have completely shrunk.

If your trees start to curl while in the oven, use a spatula to flatten them back out as they shrink.

Now remove your Christmas tree ornaments from the oven and allow to cool. Remove them from the baking sheet then thread embroidery floss through the holes at the top. Use shorter pieces of floss for ornaments or longer pieces of embroidery floss for Christmas necklaces. Alternately you could also use these as gift tags for your homemade Christmas gifts.

These easy DIY Christmas ornaments are made from Shrinky Dink paper. Not only do they look great on the tree but they make fun necklaces for kids too!

Now all that’s left is to enjoy your new creations!

For more easy DIY Christmas ornaments and ideas for your Christmas tree this holiday season, be sure to check out and follow my For the Tree Pinterest board. You can also follow my other Pinterest boards for homemade Christmas gift ideas as well as bath and beauty recipes and more.

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Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial – DIY Goldfish in a Bag Soap for Kids

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How to Make Goldfish Soaps in a Bag - DIY Melt and Pour Soapmaking Tutorial

This melt and pour soap tutorial for making your own DIY goldfish in a bag soap not only makes a super cute gift for kids but is also perfect for DIY party favors. While they look easy to make, these soaps are actually a bit tricky to perfect. I recommend buying more materials than you think you’ll need and be prepared to exercise a bit of patience. It took me more than a few tries to get these adorable fish in a bag soaps just right.

Ready for the challenge? First a few tips.

Stick with a clear suspension soap base over a traditional melt and pour soap base for less frustration and fish that stay put without having to pour the soap in layers. I tried both and the suspension soap base made this soapmaking project much much easier.

Don’t overheat your soap! If it’s too hot your bag could leak and getting that fish to stay where you want him will take longer. You also need to keep your suspension soap base below 160°F to keep it at its peak performance.

Use clear cello bags NOT candymaking bags. The plastic is very different and the candy treat bags will melt under the heat of the liquified soap base.

Make sure you have clean hands before you handle the cello bags. The tiniest bit of soap residue on your fingers means residue on the cello bag.

Allow yourself plenty of time to make these. If you try to rush it and it doesn’t work out the first few goes, the frustration of a deadline will only make this project harder and it’s probably going to raise your blood pressure. I worked on this for several days to get it just right and had to switch my soap base and my bags.

While you may be tempted, don’t spray the top of this soap once it’s in the bag to knock off any air bubbles on the top. The alcohol will leave an unsightly residue on the bag. Besides, fish like to make bubbles!

Make these one at a time. If you try to make more than one at a time – at least starting out – you’re going to get overwhelmed with the details of pouring the soap without getting drips on the sides of the bag or fish that end up upside down. Plus, you really want the lowest temps possible for the soap base so making them one at a time is ideal.

Here’s how you make them.

DIY Goldfish in a Bag Soap

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

5.5 oz. clear melt and pour suspension soap base
.15 oz. Abalone & Sea fragrance oil

Tools and Supplies:

vinyl goldfish
2.5″ x 2″ x 6″ crystal clear cello bags
Pyrex measuring cup
microwave or double boiler
baker’s twine or ribbon
plastic transfer pipette
utensil for stirring
digital scale

Instructions:

This recipe yields one DIY goldfish in a bag soap.

How to Make Melt and Pour Goldfish in a Bag Soaps

Begin by weighing out the suspension soap base. Cut it into small chunks – so it melts more quickly at a lower temperature – and heat at 50% power in the microwave until almost completely melted through. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.) Watch the soap carefully so it doesn’t overheat. If it starts to bubble, remove it immediately from the heat source to avoid overheating.

Now weigh out the fragrance oil using the plastic transfer pipette to add the fragrance directly to the soap base. The pipette will keep you from accidentally adding too much fragrance and keep the fragrance from sliding down the side of the jar. Stir well.

DIY Melt and Pour Soapmaking Tutorial - Handmade Goldfish in a Bag Soaps for Party Favors and Kids' Gifts

Allow the soap to cool slightly, until a think layer of soap starts to solidify on top of the soap. Mix the soap again then slowly pour the soap into a bag. Be careful to pour the soap directly into the center of the bag so it doesn’t hit the sides going down. You may want to stop partially through the process to readjust the bag. If you don’t have a steady hand, place the bag in a dish that will hold the bag and still keep it slightly upright.

DIY Party Favors for Kids - Goldfish in a Bag Soapmaking Tutorial

Place your goldfish in the bag and use a pipette or chop stick to press the fish in the desired position against the very front of the bag. Leave the pipette in the bag to hold the fish in place until the fish stays in place upon removing the pipette.

For a wider based bag, leave the soap to cool with the bag open, then tie closed once the soap has solidified completely. Otherwise, gently gather the top of the bag while the soap is still soft and tie off with baker’s twine or ribbon. This will move the soap up the bag and create a slightly narrower base. I did mine both ways and it’s really just personal preference.

Fun DIY Goldfish in a Bag Soaps - Great for DIY Party Favors

Mix it up. For “colored” water, add a pinch of superfine emerald green or Caribbean blue glitter when you add the fragrance. You can also substitute the fragrance oil for another of your choice, but be sure it has 0% vanilla and is clear, not yellow.

To use this DIY goldfish in a bag soap, simply peel off the plastic and scrub away!

For more fun homemade projects you can craft for kids, be sure to check out my Pinterest board, DIY for Wee Ones. You can also find more homemade melt and pour soap recipes and projects on my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board. Or visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen for a listing of all my DIY soap recipes. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin‘,  Facebook,  Twitter,  Tumblr,  Google +  and Instagram!


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Summer Fun Bath & Body Giveaway

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Summer Fun Bath and Body Giveaway - Pin It to Win it! (Simply pin the DIY's for a chance to win the resulting soaps and bath melts!)

Spring is finally here and summer is on it’s way! Get ahead of the heat with a few fun handmade bath products to make your tub more fun in the sun! Now through April 30th, 2014 you can enter my Summer Fun Bath & Body Giveaway for a chance to win three of my recent DIY bath and body projects!

One winner will receive the following: two Raspberry Lemonade Scented Soap Popsicles, six guest sized Guava Berry Goji Scented Goldfish Soaps, and one 8 oz. container with fifteen Red Velvet Cake Scented Bath Melts! To enter for your chance to win, simply pin the DIY’s for each of the projects below and then submit your entries via Rafflecopter!

DIY Soapmaking Tutorial - Easy Melt and Pour Soap Popsicles

These fun soap popsicles are made using a natural, detergent free baby buttermilk soap base and are scented with a delicious raspberry lemonade scent. They are perfect for turning bath time into treat time! Simply remove the stick before washing. Find the recipe for these fun homemade soap pops and the tutorial here.

Easy DIY Handmade Melt and Pour Toy Embedded Goldfish Soaps for Kids

These fun little goldfish soaps are made from a transparent melt and pour soap base with a vinyl toy inside! They’re guest sized soaps which make them perfect for small hands. Keep one in the bathtub and another by the sink to encourage regular hand washing. Find the DIY for these Guest Sized Goldfish Soaps here.

Natural Homemade DIY Lavender Bath Melts Recipe - Or customize this beauty DIY with your favorite essential oil or fragrance!

Experience the heavenly aroma of red velvet cake in the shower or tub with these delectable scented bath melts. Made from moisture rich shea and cocoa butters, these bath melts will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized. Simply add two melts to warm bath water or slather on by hand in the shower before you step out! Learn how to make your own Handmade Bath Melts with your favorite fragrance or essential oil(s) with my easy recipe here.

Well, what are you waiting for? Get your entries in! Simply pin the these three projects to one of your DIY boards on Pinterest to enter. You can also pin additional projects and follow my social media for even more chances to win! This giveaway is open to USA residents only and is valued at $50.

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DIY Homemade Goldfish Soaps for Kids

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DIY Homemade Goldfish Soaps for Kids

These cute homemade soaps have toy goldfish embedded inside to help make washing hands and even bath time more fun for kids. Plus they’re smaller guest sized soaps rather than full size soap bars making them perfect for small hands. Made from a crystal clear melt and pour soap base, these soaps are a snap to create so even the kids can get in on the crafting process. Due to the size of the toy embeds, however, these soaps are not recommended for any children under the age of three.

Easy DIY Handmade Melt and Pour Toy Embedded Goldfish Soaps for Kids

DIY Goldfish Soap Bars

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

8.1 oz. clear glycerin melt and pour soap base
1 gram fragrance oil (or half for essential oil) of choice, optional

Tools & Equipment:

Basic Guest Round Silicone Soap Mold
Baker’s Math Kitchen Scale
Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Measuring Cup
large kitchen or Chef’s knife
Bakers & Chefs Plastic Foodservice Film
6 vinyl gold fish toys
stirring utenstil
microwave

Instructions:

Begin by weighing out the melt and pour soap base. Cut into chunks and place inside the Pyrex measuring cup and heat in the microwave just until melted. Weigh out the fragrance or essential oil you’re using to scent the soap base if desired and stir into the melted soap.

How to Make Toy Embedded Goldfish Soaps for Kids

Now pour a  small amount of the now liquid soap into each of the six soap cavities just to coat the bottom. Place a goldfish into each cavity, then fill the remainder of all cavities completely with the remaining soap. Allow to harden and set up completely at room temperature. Do not freeze these or the soap base will become cloudy.

Easy and Fun DIY Soaps for Kids

Once the soaps have hardened completely, carefully push out of the mold, then wrap tightly in food service film until use.

These cute homemade soaps are not only perfect for kids and grandkids, but also are loads of fun as birthday party favors!

For more handmade soap recipes and bath and body DIY’s be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest!


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DIY Stocking Stuffer Gift Idea for Kids – Embedded Money Melt & Pour Soap

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Homemade Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Idea for Kids - DIY Secret Money Embedded Melt and Pour Soap

Want to craft something for the kids this holiday season that they’re sure to enjoy? Try your hand at making these DIY Homemade Secret Money Melt & Pour Soaps with a tutorial from the Soap Queen Tumblr blog and author of Soap Crafting, Anne-Marie Faiola.

Melt and Pour Embedded Money Soap Tutorial - Super Cute Christmas Gift Idea for Kids

This melt & pour soap tutorial gives you a cute way to “hide” treasures inside soaps that can only be “found” by using the soap making bath time more fun than ever. Include any small toys, coins, folded dollar bills or candies inside then wrap your finished soaps and tuck inside your child’s Christmas stocking for some of the sweetest little handmade stocking stuffer gifts ever! You can find the tutorial for this homemade soapmaking project here.

For more handmade DIY stocking stuffer gift ideas, be sure to follow my DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gifts board on Pinterest. Or follow my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest for endless tutorials on making handmade soaps and other bath and beauty products for everyone on your list this holiday season!


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