DIY Halloween Bat Soap with Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Glitter

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You know how you have a great project idea? Then when the time comes to actually make it, you only just then realize you don’t have that one thing you absolutely need. Well, that’s exactly how my DIY Halloween bat soap was born.

Halloween Soap DIY. Learn how to make this glitter DIY Halloween bat soap for non-candy Halloween gifts using melt and pour soap and biodegradable eco-friendly glitter. A fun and easy homemade soap recipe.

If you recall from my Halloween solid lotion bar recipe, I have this super cute silicone Halloween soap mold. Not only does it have a toothy bat mold, there’s also a witch, two pumpkins and a sweet little sugar skull.

As sugar skulls were trending on Pinterest, I really wanted to make little sugar skull soaps. I was planning to dust the inside of the mold with biodegradable eco-friendly glitter in a collection of bright colors. Then fill it white melt and pour soap. The finishing touch, however, was going to be painting on details with cosmetic mica powders. As it turned out however, I realized as I was gathering all of my materials for my sugar skull soaps, I didn’t have that one crucial supply.

Ordinarily I pretty much have everything I need to create just about anything. Despite scaling back on soap making supplies with each move, I alway have more than enough to throw an impromptu craft party. However, with my divorce finally (FINALLY!) final, I’m in the process of moving in with my boyfriend. Because of that, not everything I need is in his apartment yet. Some of it is still at my friend Bambi’s house.

Halloween Soap DIY. Learn how to make this glitter DIY Halloween bat soap for non-candy Halloween gifts using melt and pour soap and biodegradable eco-friendly glitter. A fun and easy homemade soap recipe.

Rather than take a fifteen minute drive, lose a half hour and as a consequence also lose my motivation in the process, I opted for a DIY Halloween bat soap instead. With glitter. (I mean there’s no time to start sullying someone else’s apartment with glitter than the present, right?

By now you’re probably wondering what the heck I didn’t possibly have on hand for those sugar skull soaps if the glitter was a go.

In the end, my project was derailed by an absent paint brush.

Oddly enough, Greg and I had also just run out of Q-tips. So my back up plan was also a no go.

I’m a little dismayed I likely won’t be able to make my sugar skull soaps in time to blog for Halloween. However, I actually love how my DIY Halloween bat soap turned out. It’s cute. It was fun to make. And now I have a really easy soap making project to share with you!

Halloween Soap DIY. Learn how to make this glitter DIY Halloween bat soap for non-candy Halloween gifts using melt and pour soap and biodegradable eco-friendly glitter. A fun and easy homemade soap recipe.

DIY Halloween Bat Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2.15 oz. clear melt and pour soap base
24 drops (around 2 mL) peppermint essential oil
matte black soap making color bar or black mica
fine cosmetic bio glitter in color(s) of choice

Instructions:

My DIY Halloween bat soap recipe will yield a single bat soap. If you’re interested in making additional soaps for the silicone Halloween soap mold that I used, I did get the approximate amount of melt and pour soap you need for each cavity. Keep in mind that this is by weight. Additionally, as not all soap bases weigh the same amount, weights may vary slightly from base to base.

Amount of melt and pour soap (by weight) needed for each cavity.

  • Bat – 2.15 oz.
  • Skull – 1.65 oz.
  • Middle pumpkin – 2.1 oz.
  • Witch hat – 2.35 oz.
  • Ghost – 1.95 oz.
  • Bottom pumpkin – 2.15 oz.

Halloween Soap DIY. Learn how to make this glitter DIY Halloween bat soap for non-candy Halloween gifts using melt and pour soap and biodegradable eco-friendly glitter. A fun and easy homemade soap recipe.

Getting started.

To recreate my DIY Halloween bat soap, you will need several supplies. These include the following.

Step #1

Using a digital scale, weigh out 2.15 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base for your DIY Halloween bat soap. Cut into chunks with a knife. Then place the soap into a heat safe glass measuring cup.

Step #2

Heat the soap base in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted. Be sure to stir the soap after heating.

Step #3

Once the soap has melted, add a small sliver of the black color black. Stir the soap until the color block has completely melted. (Alternately you may also use a pinch of black mica.) You can add more color as needed. However, keep in mind that overuse of colorants may cause the soap to bleed and can potentially stain skin.

Halloween Soap DIY. Learn how to make this glitter DIY Halloween bat soap for non-candy Halloween gifts using melt and pour soap and biodegradable eco-friendly glitter. A fun and easy homemade soap recipe.

Step #4

Now add your desired amount of fine, cosmetic eco-friendly biodegradable glitter in your color(s) of choice. (For a more subtle sparkle, try this eco-friendly ultra fine biodegradable glitter instead.) Stir to incorporate.

Step #5

Using a plastic transfer pipette or dropper, add the peppermint essential oil to the melted soap base. Mix again.

Step #6

Place your soap mold on top of a cutting board. Once your soap has cooled somewhat and starts to develop a film on top, remix the soap. Then pour the melted soap base for your DIY Halloween bat soap into the bat cavity of the mold. Spritz the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Step #7

Using the cutting board for support, transport the soap mold to the refrigerator. Allow the soap to cool and completely solidify.

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Step #8

Once your DIY Halloween bat soap has hardened, remove it from the mold. Wrap it tightly in foodservice film until ready to use or to give as a handmade Halloween gift.

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If you enjoy making my DIY Halloween bat soap, then you may also want to give these other homemade melt and pour soap recipes a try.

Learn how to make these easy winter snowflake soap favors to gift as wedding favors or even teacher gifts. You won't believe how simple they are to make!

Also be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking board on Pinterest for more great DIY soapmaking ideas you can make at home.

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DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season

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Bring a little extra light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It’s a great way to add a little more self care to your life!

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season. Bring a little extra light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It's a great way to add a little more self care to your life! #suncatcher #diy #crafts #selfcare #artherapy

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed throughout the fall and winter holiday season. On top of the pressures of work and parenting, there are holiday activities to contend with. Not to mention all those holiday family obligations that we sometimes wish we didn’t have. Like you, there are days I just need a break. For the rest of the year, I’ve promised myself I will do just that.

As I tend to isolate myself more during cold weather months, part of my plan for self care is to get out of the house and socialize more. To help me find activities I know that I’ll enjoy, I’ve been keeping a steady eye on upcoming Facebook events. For events I’m interested in, I mark as “interested” so I get a reminder via Facebook a few days before. However, for events I’m kind of crazy about, they get put on my paper wall calendar. (Yes. Yes. I have one of those.) This way my favorite events won’t slip my mind.

While my final decision for Halloween activities is still up in the air, I have committed myself to several activities for October. Events like an art exhibition opening at a local gallery, music at a local restaurant, a monthly Wine & Art Wednesday, and another monthly event pegged Rooftop Riot for my BFF’s birthday.

Of course, since my boyfriend Greg goes to most of these things with me, I’m having to schedule around football. Luckily, most live bands play at restaurants with televisions. (So he can’t cop out. Bwahahaha.) He’s been a real sport about trying new things though. It can be hard to put yourself out there if you don’t a sidekick. So he keeps me honest so I don’t bail to binge on Netflix instead.

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season. Bring a little extra light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It's a great way to add a little more self care to your life! #suncatcher #diy #crafts #selfcare #artherapy

Last month Greg tagged along for Wine & Art Wednesday. It’s run by my friend, Hillary, so it’s a great opportunity not just to see my friends, but to meet new people AND get crafty. I took along some wine from my new Winc shipment (the 2016 L’Atelier du Sud Red Blend and 2017 Finke’s Sparkling White Blend, both of which were amazing!) and we spent the evening crafting our own DIY suncatchers.

While suncatchers seem like they might be seasonally specific, I think that this craft project is great for anytime of the year. This would be a great project for winter to help you overcome seasonal depression and allow a little more light into your life. Plus it’s the perfect chance to create imaginative snowflakes or winter themed flamingos for your windows!

There are several things that I really love about this DIY suncatcher craft project. One, you repurpose old or scratched CD’s for this project, so it’s not going to cost a lot of money. Two, you don’t need to be an artist to make these suncatchers. You can easily trace your favorite designs onto the cd’s. Or, you can freehand an abstract idea. And three, this DIY suncatcher craft project is amazingly therapeutic. I’d had a terrible week leading up to making these suncatchers. However, by the time Wine & Art Wednesday was over, I was in great spirits.

Ready to give this DIY suncatcher craft project a try? Following is an easy tutorial and photos from my Wednesday night to walk you through the process!

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DIY Suncatcher Craft Project Tutorial

Supplies & Materials:

Blank CDs
Tape
Scissors
Permanent Markers or Paint Pens
Suncatcher Paint
Fishing Line
Colorful Beads, optional

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project Instructions:

You’ll begin by removing the painted layer from your CD.

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To do this, simply place a piece of tape over the painted side of the CD with one end hanging off the edge of the CD. Lift the edge of the tape by the outer edge of the CD slightly. Then take a pair of scissors and scratch off a small amount of the coating under the outer edge of the tape.

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Press the tape back down over the scratch you made. Then pull the tape away from the outer edge of the CD. That painted layer or coating will pull right off! (I never would have believed it was THIS easy!) Repeat as needed until all of the coating has been removed and you’re left with only the clear CD plastic.

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Next, use a permanent marker or paint marker to draw your design onto the CD. You can either trace a design onto the CD by placing an image or mandala pattern under the CD or you can draw your own design.

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season. Bring a little extra a light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It's a great way to add a little more self care to your life! #suncatcher #diy #crafts #selfcare #artherapy

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season. Bring a little extra a light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It's a great way to add a little more self care to your life! #suncatcher #diy #crafts #selfcare #artherapy

Once you’ve drawn the outline for your DIY suncatcher craft project design, you can either use suncatcher paints or permanent markers to color in the design.

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Allow your suncatcher to dry completely, then tie a length of fishing line through the hole in the CD so it can be displayed.

 

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You can also add beads to the fishing line both above and/or below the CD for an extra decorative touch. It’s that easy!

If you enjoyed my DIY suncatcher craft project, then be sure to check out some of my other craft project ideas on Soap Deli News. You can also follow my DIY Craft Projects board on Pinterest. Alternately, you can also shop for all inclusive DIY craft kits for one stop shopping.

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Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe for Savoring The Last of Summer

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This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! Plus discover 34 more homemade melt and pour soap recipes that you DIY as your next weekend craft project!

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Honeysuckle, A Childhood Favorite.

One of my favorite childhood memories is the smell – and taste! – of fresh honeysuckle. When I was growing up we had huge bushes of honeysuckle and boysenberries that grew alongside our property line. I would always pluck the flowers from those honeysuckle bushes when the blooms turned from white to yellow and suck out the nectar hidden inside. How wonderful it would be if we could simply bottle this amazing, sweet liquid to enjoy year round!

Here in Southwestern Virginia I’m accustomed to seeing Japanese honeysuckles throughout our region. It’s easy to find honeysuckle both in backyards as well as along the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround the valley I reside in. While honeysuckles aren’t currently blooming in my neck of the woods, most honeysuckles will bloom not only in the spring, but also continue to bloom through summer into early fall.

However, you don’t have to wait for spring to come back around to get a taste of honeysuckle as we slip into fall. You can enjoy the sweet scent of honeysuckle year round by making your own homemade honeysuckle soap! My homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is crafted using a detergent free baby buttermilk soap base. Not only is this base gentle on skin, it’s one of the few melt and pour soap bases that I actually like. (Cold process soap is still my all time fave!)

To make this soap a little more interesting than just melting a base then adding color and fragrance, I created scrubby exfoliating embeds to bring in the colors of the honeysuckle leaves and vines. So, this melt and pour soap tutorial takes a little bit longer to make. However, it’s the perfect weekend project to craft with the kids. It also makes a great back to school gift for your child’s teacher.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

30 oz. detergent free baby buttermilk melt & pour soap base
.75 oz. wild honeysuckle fragrance oil
.2 oz. sea kelp powder (natural colorant)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (natural colorant)
1 teaspoon pumice powder
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon walnut shell powder
.1 oz. vitamin E oil, optional

Soap Notes:

I chose to create my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe using natural colorants. However, for brighter colors you can use liquid soap dye instead. Simply start with 1-2 drops of liquid colorant and mix, slowly adding more until you reach the desired color. (It is important to note that using too much of a soap colorant can stain your skin or tub.)

Alternately, you can also tint your honeysuckle soaps using cosmetic mica powders. Or try a combination of natural colorants with a pinch of similarly colored cosmetic micas to boost the natural color without going overboard.

In addition to the soapmaking ingredients called for in my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe, you’ll also need a rectangular silicone soap mold and a digital scale to weigh out the soap base, fragrance and sea kelp powder. You’ll also need heat safe containers for melting and mixing your soap base, along with utensils for stirring. Further, a cutting board to transport your soap is recommended but not required.

If you are a self confessed soapmaking addict, it’s possible you already have many of the materials required for my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe on hand. However, if you haven’t caught the soapmaking bug quite yet, you can easily make substitutions for this project to save money on supplies.

While I love my baker’s math scale for cold process soapmaking and beauty DIY’s, you can simply use a less expensive digital kitchen scale to save money. You can also substitute out the exfoliants in this recipe – the pumice, poppy seeds and walnut shell powder – for scrubby ingredients you already have on hand. Alternately, you can choose just one exfoliating option and triple the quantity called for.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Soapmaking Instructions:

You’ll begin by making what will be the soap embeds for my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe. To do this, start by weighing out 12 oz. of the baby buttermilk melt and pour soap base. Cut the soap base into chunks, then place in a heat safe container. I recommend using a glass Pyrex measuring cup for this.

Heat the soap base in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted. You’ll want to stir your soap base between heatings.

Now weigh out the sea kelp powder and stir into the melted base. Mix well, until all of the powder is evenly distributed throughout the soap.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Now use a measuring spoon to measure out the pumice powder, poppy seeds and walnut shell powder. Stir these ingredients into the melted soap base. Follow with .05 oz. of vitamin E oil and .25 oz. of the wild honeysuckle fragrance oil.

Now allow the soap base to cool somewhat. As the melt and pour soap base used for this project isn’t a suspending soap base, your additives are going to want to sink to the bottom of the soap. Therefore, by cooling the soap until a thin film starts to form on top, then mixing again, you keep them better mixed throughout the soap. (Alternately, you can use a suspension soap base for this step.)

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Place your soap mold onto a small cutting board. Once the soap has cooled down, but not solidified, remix then pour evenly into each of the six cavities of your silicone soap mold.  Spritz the tops of the soap with rubbing alcohol, if desired, to remove any air bubbles.

Now, using the cutting board to transport your soap, place the mold in the refrigerator until the soap has fully solidified.

Once your soap has hardened, remove the soap from the mold. Then cut the soap into square chunks and set aside.

Now weigh out 18 oz. more of the baby buttermilk soap base. Cut into chunks then combine in a heat safe container. Heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted.

Weigh out .05 oz. of the vitamin E oil and .5 oz. of the wild honeysuckle fragrance oil. Stir into the melted soap.

Now, using a measuring spoon, measure out the turmeric powder. Mix into the melted soap base until it is thoroughly incorporated and their are no clumps. Set aside.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Add an even amount of the green, exfoliating soap embeds to each of the mold’s cavities. Then, pour the yellow turmeric tinted soap base evenly into each of the mold’s cavities, over the green soap embeds.

Spritz the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol, if needed, to remove any air bubbles. Then transfer your homemade honeysuckle soaps to the refrigerator to cool.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Once the soap has cooled completely and hardened, remove your soaps from the mold. Then wrap your soaps tightly in foodservice film. Your homemade honeysuckle soaps are now ready for personal use or gifting!

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Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Unfortunately, I did not account for the sea mud soap embeds separating into the melted glycerin soap I poured around them in the mold. So essentially, I ended up with soap that, as it was cooling, looked like poop separating in a toilet bowl.

Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

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For more great projects like my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe, be sure to follow Soap Deli News on PinterestG+FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Alternately, you can subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

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Kids Craft Projects for When You’ve Hit Your Limit

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Are your kids driving you crazy? Retreat into some quiet time for yourself with this collection of 12 DIY kids craft projects for when you’ve hit your limit! (Plus a rockin’ printable chore chart with a rewards system for crafty prizes!)

Are your kids driving you crazy? Retreat into some quiet time for yourself with this collection of 12 DIY kids craft projects for when you've hit your limit! (Plus a rockin' printable chore chart with a rewards system for crafty prizes!)

We’ve all been there. The weather’s been crap for days. The kids are going stir crazy and you, well you’re trying to contain yourself so you don’t scream at anyone and come off as a raving lunatic. As someone who has already raised a child to adulthood AND seen him off to college, becoming a new stepmother in May admittedly came with a new set of challenges.

Granted my son turned out better than I could have ever hoped and I’m incredibly proud of both him and his accomplishments. However, he was one kid. I now have three more. Two we have on a 50-50 split and a third accompanies those two every other weekend. So I basically went from being a quite content empty nester to dealing with kid overload in an instant. And when your parenting skills are a lot different than what they expect and are used to, well. It becomes a learning experience for the entire family.

However, before I share with you one of the ways I dealt with recurring issues I had with the kids, I first want to share a collection of my favorite kids craft projects to keep them entertained WITHOUT television so you can get that break from chaos that you need.

Kids Craft Projects They’ll Love

DIY Light Bulb Aquariums for Marimo Moss Balls that Kids Can Make! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

This easy kids craft project for a DIY light bulb aquarium is suitable for kids of all ages (elementary school and up.) They’ll have a blast assembling small toys, stones and beads inside a glass light bulb to create a tiny aquarium home for a marimo moss ball! Find the tutorial at Soap Deli News here.

Fun Kids Craft Projects! Learn how to make these DIY food erasers via The Paper Mama blog. Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Food Erasers

These fun food erasers are a great way for kids to explore creativity while also making a functional craft that they can use afterwards! Your kids will have a blast using using eraser clay to create their own custom erasers to use at school and share with friends! Find this DIY now at The Paper Mama blog here.

DIY Polar Bear Soap Tutorial for Kids! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Polar Bear Soap

This easy polar bear soap project is made using a melt and pour soap base. So if your kids can use a microwave, they can make this soap! Not only will they enjoy using these homemade soaps in the tub, but they can make extras to gift to friends and family! Find this soapmaking project at Soap Deli News here.

Kids Craft Project Idea for making DIY Shrinky Dink Charms with free printable patterns - including a unicorn! - via Ooly blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Shrinky Dink Charms

Kids will love making their own DIY Shrinky Dink Charms! They can turn use the free printable templates or create their own drawings to turn into charms for their backpack or fun necklaces or magnets. Find the tutorial and free printables at Ooly blog here.

DIY Wood Bead Doll Necklace via Craftberry Bush Blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Wooden Bead Doll Necklace

There are so many possibilities with this necklace DIY from Craftberry Bush. Kids can paint doll faces or even make fun animals like panda bears or cats! Not only are the materials for this kids craft project easy to source, but this is a fun idea for a girls only slumber party too! Find the tutorial at Craftberry Bush here.

Borax Free Slime DIY for Kids from DIY Candy! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

Borax Free Play-Doh Slime DIY

This easy Play-Doh slime recipe is borax free so there’s no worry over mixing mishaps or potential chemical burns from extended playtime. Plus, if you have younger kids, it’s likely you already have all of these ingredients on hand! Find the recipe now at DIY Candy blog here.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

DIY Gelli Printing

If your kids love art, then they’ll definitely love gelli printing! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into! And your kids can create artwork for their rooms and the fridge! (These are also amazing framed!) Find the tutorial at Soap Deli News here.

Kids Craft Projects! Learn how to make these super cute DIY craft stick dolls via Teawagontales blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Craft Stick Dolls

These super cute craft stick dolls are so much fun to make at just about any age! (I even want to try these myself!) Design little dolls on wooden craft sticks using washi tape, buttons, colored pens and embellishments you have stashed in your craft drawer! Get inspired via the original post at Teawagontales blog here.

Get your kids to make these fun and functional DIY winter magnet clips via hello, Wonderful! When not keeping chips and cereal bags closed they can be used to create fun scenes on the fridge for imaginative playtime. Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Winter Magnet Clips

These fun and functional DIY winter magnet clips are perfect for both the kids and parents alike! When not keeping chips and cereal bags closed they can be used to create fun winter scenes on the fridge for imaginative play. Find the tutorial to make them now at hello, Wonderful blog here.

Kids will love this DIY craft project via hello, Wonderful! blog for making a rainbow town from recycling materials! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

Recycled Rainbow Town DIY

Kids can scourge through the recycle bin for this fun DIY project! With a collection of free printables on the website along with your own discarded cardboard and printer paper, kids can create and color a happy little town for stand up characters to play in. This is a great kids craft project for families with kids of mixed ages because everyone can join in on the fun! Find the tutorial now at hello, Wonderful! blog here.

Kids Craft Projects! Kids will have a blast painting these DIY galaxy rocks via Color Made Happy Blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Galaxy Painted Rocks

Painted rocks are quickly coming back around as a hot craft trend – and for good reason! Now only is this kids craft project inexpensive to explore, but kids can also have fun hiding and hunting for their painted rocks inside on a rainy day. Find the tutorial for these painted rocks at Color Made Happy here.

Kids Craft Project for DIY Painted Dinosaurs from Craft & Creativity Blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Painted Dinosaurs

These painted dinosaurs are loads of fun! Transform toy dinosaurs into party animals using paints and pom poms, googly eyes and little toy hats! Learn how to make these now at Craft & Creativity blog here.

Now that I’ve (hopefully) inspired you with some of my favorite kids craft projects, why not also us them as incentives for good behavior? (And give them a break from all that screen time overload.)

As I stated previously, zero to three kids within a two week time frame was, well, insightful. At some point I just hit pure exhaustion. Not only was I starting to feel like everyone’s maid, but there was the mouse incident.

The kids aren’t allowed to have food in their rooms for obvious reasons. And as it turned out, one child had forgotten about chocolate under her bed, while another had hidden plates of food in her hideaway bed. We got mice. And by the time we finally discovered all of the hidden food, the mouse incident was more like an infestation. As cute as they were, those little rodents kept growing. And then they started multiplying.

Unfortunately, it took us a while to get rid of all the resident mice. So I’m still checking their favorite spots weekly to make sure new mice aren’t moving in partially out of paranoia. And thus my chore chart system was initiated. My husband, well, he had his doubts at first. (It’s a guy thing, right?) But after several weeks we were in agreement that it really has made some positive changes within our new mixed family.

Kids Chore Chart Idea with Kids Craft Projects from a Prize Box as an incentive to go above and beyond and to help them explore their creativity.

For the Love of Chore Charts

The goal of my chore charts was to gear them toward an introduction into real life once they’re out in the world and getting jobs of their own. It requires they do a minimum number of chores on a point system. If they meet the seven day point requirement then they did their job. If they fall short, they lose television and internet privileges the following weekend. However, if they go above and beyond, there are rewards. It also teaches them responsibility, respect for their space and that of others and it helps us all work together toward common goals. The prizes then encourage their creativity in the form of kids craft projects. (Not to mention they’re developing better habits so it all seems less like work to them moving forward.)

The minimum number of points each child needs over a two week period (in which we have them for seven days) is 25 points. This leaves room to skip or forget a few things. (I mean, I’m not Cruella.) They can then do bonus chores to earn bonus points if they slip or to reach the reward goal of 30 points.

Kids Chore Chart Idea with Kids Craft Projects from a Prize Box as an incentive to go above and beyond and to help them explore their creativity.

30 points is where it gets crafty. Literally. Because I basically created a prize box for 30 points. It’s filled with $5 options that include craft kits and supplies, stickers, treats or winner’s choice for a family game night – even their choice of an after dinner dessert. There’s also the option of a big box pass. Choosing two passes from the small box allows them to then choose a prize out of the big box. Big box prizes include cool kids craft projects around $10-$15 (I found a lot of these on sale or purchased them with 50% off coupons) like a wood burning kit with a tv tray and a tie-dye kit with a t-shirt.

Are your kids driving you crazy? Retreat into some quiet time for yourself with this collection of 12 DIY kids craft projects for when you've hit your limit! (Plus a rockin' printable chore chart with a rewards system for crafty prizes!)

Want to give my chore chart a try for your kids? You can print fill-in-the-blank version of my chore chart here. Then be sure to let me know how it works for your family. Or, share successes you’ve had using your own chore chart system as well as some of your favorite kids craft projects!

For more kids craft projects that challenge their creativity, be sure to visit my DIY for Wee Ones Pinterest board. It’s full of great crafts projects for kids they can make themselves as well as cool projects you can craft for them!

For even more of my ideas and kids craft projects you can follow me on PinterestG+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. You can also subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

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Shark Attack Soap DIY for Fish Fans & Ocean Lovers

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Celebrate sharks with this super fun shark attack soap DIY! Whether you’re celebrating shark week or want a bloody fabulous Halloween gift, these melt and pour soaps are sure to add some excitement to anyone’s bath. Not only are they easy to make, but they also make great gifts as well as party favors for say, a shark themed birthday or pool party. (Sense of humor required, of course.)

Shark Attack Soap Recipe! Celebrate sharks with this super fun shark attack soap DIY! Whether you're celebrating shark week or want a bloody fabulous Halloween gift, these melt and pour soaps are sure to add some excitement to anyone's bath. Not only are they easy to make, but they also make great gifts as well as party favors for say, a shark themed birthday or pool party. (Sense of humor required, of course.)

Shark Attack Soap Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

14 oz. Stephenson suspending soap base
1 oz. white melt & pour soap base
crimson sparkle soap color bar
.4 oz. fragrance oil (of choice)
blue soap colorant (of choice)
biodegradable cosmetic glitter(s)
miniature toy rubber sharks
6 cavity rectangle silicone soap mold
99% isopropyl alcohol (in a spray bottle)

Instructions:

This shark attack soap recipe yields four homemade soap bars weighing approximately 4 oz. each.

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out 1 oz. of the suspension soap base. Cut into chunks then place inside a small glass Pyrex measuring cup or glass scientific beaker. Heat in the microwave about 15-20 seconds or until melted.

Now stir in a small corner of the crimson sparkle soap color bar until it melts completely. (Alternately you can also use a liquid red soap colorant or mica to suit and add a dash of fine biodegradable cosmetic glitter in your color of choice.)

Shark Attack Soap Recipe! Celebrate sharks with this super fun shark attack soap DIY! Whether you're celebrating shark week or want a bloody fabulous Halloween gift, these melt and pour soaps are sure to add some excitement to anyone's bath. Not only are they easy to make, but they also make great gifts as well as party favors for say, a shark themed birthday or pool party. (Sense of humor required, of course.)

Using a sturdy book or similar item, prop your soap mold up at angle, then evenly pour the soap into two of the cavities of your soap mold. Place two of your miniature rubber sharks in each of the cavities so they are sitting side by side.

Once the soap hardens remove the soaps from the mold and cut each soap lengthwise between the sharks.

Shark Attack Soap Recipe! Celebrate sharks with this super fun shark attack soap DIY! Whether you're celebrating shark week or want a bloody fabulous Halloween gift, these melt and pour soaps are sure to add some excitement to anyone's bath. Not only are they easy to make, but they also make great gifts as well as party favors for say, a shark themed birthday or pool party. (Sense of humor required, of course.)

Now weigh out 5 oz. of the suspending soap base and cut into chunks. Heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted, stirring after each heating. Once melted, add a blue soap colorant and glitter of your choice to suit and stir to combine. Then weigh out .15 oz. of fragrance oil and stir into the melted soap.

Pour the soap evenly into four of your mold’s cavities.

Once the soap has hardened, weigh out 5 more oz. of the suspension soap base. Cut into chunks and heat until  melted, then add a second blue soap colorant and glitter to suit, along with .15 oz. of fragrance oil. Stir to combine then spritz the tops of the soaps in your mold with 99% isopropyl alcohol (in a spray bottle) and pour the soap you just made evenly into each of the four soap cavities (on top of the soap you poured previously.)

Allow the second layer of soap to cool slightly but not fully harden. Then weigh out 3 oz. of the suspension soap base along with 1 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base. Add a blue soap colorant to suit along with a white iridescent glitter (optional) and .1 oz. fragrance oil. (The fragrance oil I used had a yellow cast so it added some green to this layer. If your fragrance oil is clear and you want a bit of green, you can add a touch of yellow soap colorant to suit.) Stir well to combine.

Now spritz the top of the soap in the mold and pour the third layer of soap on top of the second layer. Then gently swirl the second and third layers with a chopstick or utensil.

Shark Attack Soap Recipe! Celebrate sharks with this super fun shark attack soap DIY! Whether you're celebrating shark week or want a bloody fabulous Halloween gift, these melt and pour soaps are sure to add some excitement to anyone's bath. Not only are they easy to make, but they also make great gifts as well as party favors for say, a shark themed birthday or pool party. (Sense of humor required, of course.)

Once you’ve achieved your desired look, carefully place one shark soap into each of the four cavities of your mold so that the shark toys are positioned at the top edge of the mold and the red soap bottom is positioned toward the middle of each cavity. (You can set the soap on the top edge of the mold where the shark is to help keep the shark soap in place.)

Shark Attack Soap Recipe! Celebrate sharks with this super fun shark attack soap DIY! Whether you're celebrating shark week or want a bloody fabulous Halloween gift, these melt and pour soaps are sure to add some excitement to anyone's bath. Not only are they easy to make, but they also make great gifts as well as party favors for say, a shark themed birthday or pool party. (Sense of humor required, of course.)

Allow each of your shark attack soaps to fully harden then unmold. Using a utensil of your choice, gently remove some of the soap from around each shark to reveal the red soap.

Shark Attack Soap Recipe! Celebrate sharks with this super fun shark attack soap DIY! Whether you're celebrating shark week or want a bloody fabulous Halloween gift, these melt and pour soaps are sure to add some excitement to anyone's bath. Not only are they easy to make, but they also make great gifts as well as party favors for say, a shark themed birthday or pool party. (Sense of humor required, of course.)

Your shark attack soap bars are now complete! Simply wrap your soaps in foodservice film to store prior to use or for gifting.

If you want to craft these fun shark attack soaps to sell, you’ll need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your product. You’ll find that the book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale, is a valuable resource if you’re just getting started making your own homemade soaps, skin care products and cosmetics.

In addition to GMP, you’ll also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your products. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English by Marie Gale, spells out everything you need to know to legally label your products.

If you make your own DIY shark attack soap, I’d love to see how yours turn out! So be sure to tag the soaps you make using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff when you share them on instagram so I can take a peek!

For more soapmaking tutorials like this one, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on all of your favorite social media platforms including G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

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