Homemade Hidden Flower Soap & Salt Scrub DIY

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Homemade Mother's Day Gift Idea - Handmade Flower Soap RecipeLooking for a fun craft project you can make and gift for Mother’s Day? My DIY homemade hidden flower soaps are sure to be a hit with mom! This lovely layered soap reveals a pretty flower as it’s used while the bottom of the soap is an exfoliating salt scrub that’s perfect for all of those rough skin areas!

Homemade Soap Recipe - DIY Hidden Flower Soap and Salt Scrub - Handmade Mother's Day Gift IdeaDIY Hidden Flower Soap & Salt Scrub Recipe

 

What you need:

Silikomart Silicone Chocolate Flower Mold
Eight empty and washed single serving ice cream containers or Silicone Baking Cups
Large glass measuring cup
Graduated Plastic Transfer Pipette
Digital Kitchen Scale
Utensils

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. fragrance oil of choice (or 3/4 oz. essential oil)
liquid soap dyes or powdered soap pigments, your choice
2 Tablespoons Pink Himalayan Salt
4 Tablespoons Dead Sea Salt
6 Tablespoons Epsom Salts

 

Directions:

You’ll start by making your flower soaps for inside the soap bars. These are cute on their own to gift in a bag or clear container as well, so don’t feel like you have to make them just for this project. To make the flowers you will combine 3 oz. of your melt and pour soap base and one ml of your fragrance oil (1/2 ml essential oil.)

Cut your melt and pour soap base into chunksStart by cutting your melt and pour soap base into chunks, then using your digital scale, weight out 3oz. of soap. Place into a large glass measuring cup and melt in the microwave. Don’t let your base boil. As microwave heating times vary, start with 30 seconds and continue melting in 30 second increments until fully melted. Once melted, add a few drops of liquid soap dye or a pinch of oxide or ultramarine powdered soap pigment and mix thoroughly. Now measure out 1ml of fragrance oil using your plastic pipette and add to the colored soap base. Stir well. (I used a White Tea & Ginger Fragrance Oil for my soaps and used an orchid (pink) ultramarine water soluble pigment powder as it is what I had on hand. Liquid soap dyes are much easier to incorporate into your soap base, however.)

Crafting homemade flower soapsFor ease of transfer, you’ll want to place your mold onto a flat plate or small cutting board before pouring the soap. Now slowly pour the soap into your flower silicone mold. The soap will fill eight of the flower shaped cavities. Once you’ve poured your flowers in the mold, place the mold in the freezer until the flowers have hardened.

How to make homemade melt and pour soapOnce your flowers have hardened, remove them from the mold by carefully pushing them out. Now, you’ll make the next layer of your soap bar. Cut and weigh out 18oz. of your soap base and melt in the microwave. Then weigh out 1oz. of fragrance oil (or 1/2 oz. of essential oil) and stir into your soap base. Place one soap flower face down into each of your ice cream cup molds or silicone cupcake molds. Now slowly pour your soap base over top of and around the flower.

If you want to leave this layer of your soap white, then fill all all of the molds evenly the rest of the way. I chose, however, to make another layer of color. Therefore, I poured my soap base up to about half of the height of the flower and then placed the soaps in the freezer to harden. I then added my pigment to the remaining soap base – I used a violet ultramarine pigment – and mixed thoroughly. Once the soaps had hardened, I removed them from the freezer and poured the remaining soap on top, so that each mold was filled to the same level. I then placed the soap filled molds in the freezer again to speed up the process.

Homemade Salt Scrub Soap DIYWhile my soaps were hardening, I mixed together my final layer and bottom layer of soap. This bottom layer will serve as the exfoliating salt scrub layer of soap. For this layer I weighed out 9oz. of soap and 1/2oz. of fragrance oil (or 1/4 oz. essential oil.) I melted and mixed them together along with a yellow oxide pigment powder. Next, I mixed in 2 Tablespoons of Himalayan Pink Salt, 4 Tablespoons of fine Dead Sea Salt, and 6 Tablespoons of Epsom Salt. I let this solidify slightly, then scooped it into my molds once the other layers of soap had hardened completely. I then placed the soap filled molds back into the freezer, to complete the process.

Homemade Soap and Salt Scrub Combo Bars for Mother's DayOnce your soaps have hardened fully you’ll need to remove them from the molds. If you used paper ice cream cups as molds, simply use a pair of scissors to cut a notch in the top edge then tear away the paper from the soap. If you used silicone molds, simply turn the soaps out of the molds.

Homemade Mother's Day Gift Idea - Hidden Flower Soap and Salt Scrub RecipeNow wrap your finished soaps tightly in plastic cling film and add them to your homemade Mother’s Day gift basket for gifting! As you can see the flower the flower at this stage is slightly hidden beneath the surface.

Homemade Flower Soap for Mother's DayAs the soap is used, the flower becomes completely revealed. Mom can wash with the flower side of the soap, and then scrub rough elbows and feet with the bottom, salt scrub side of the soap!

DIY Chalkboard Paint and Washi Tape Vase Craft Project

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DIY Chalkboard Paint and Washi Tape Vases Craft Project

Two big crafting trends right now are chalkboard paint and Washi tape. So I figured, why not combine the two? Here are some fabulous handmade washi tape and chalkboard paint vases I created over the weekend from a Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino bottle and a Château Morrisette wine bottle. Not only do they look great, but they are a fun way to upcycle empty glass bottles!

Chalkboard Paint Covered Wine Bottles

To create your own DIY washi tape and chalkboard paint bottles, you’ll first need to select your bottles. Ideally, they will be empty. Rinse them out so there is no residue left in the bottles indicative of their previous contents. Then spray paint the bottles top to bottom with chalkboard paint. I used Krylon Chalkboard Aerosol Spray Paint for this project.

DIY Washi Tape Vase - DIY Washi Tape Craft Project Idea

Once the paint dried completely, I then wrapped Washi tape around my bottles. You can use one pattern of Washi tape or several that compliment one another. It’s all up to you!

DIY Washi Tape and Chalkboard Paint Project - Upcycled Wine Bottle

Next, you can write a message or name or a create a drawing on your chalkboard paint vase. These messages or drawings can be erased and a new message applied as often as you like. Therefore, this upcycled wine bottle vase is perfect for entertaining or as a wedding table centerpiece.

DIY Upcycled Wine Bottle Vases - Chalkboard Paint Project Idea

Now all that’s left is to add water and flowers to your vases! Create a simple arrangement with just one or two flowers or jazz it up with multiple flowers, then display.

Looking for more DIY Washi Tape Project Ideas? Then check out these other easy Washi Tape Craft Projects on Soap Deli News. And be sure to follow my DIY Boards on Pinterest!

In what ways do you like to upcycle glass wine bottles?

Modern Flower Child Handmade Jewelry Giveaway

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It’s Mother’s Day! So in celebration of all the great moms, moms to be and daughters out there, I’m happy to announce a brand new giveaway being sponsored by Modern Flower Child!
Modern Flower Child is a fabulous handmade jewelry shop that features handmade, real dried flower resin jewelry. The artist behind Modern Flower Child was born to hippie parents, loves being artistic and creative and, as a mom of course, adores her daughter Amelia. She works with resin and nature to make unique, handmade flower bangles that mimic the style of the early 1970’s.
And lucky you! You have a chance to win ANY handmade resin flower bracelet from Modern Flower Child that you choose! These bracelets are the perfect summer accessory for yourself, but also make birthday and holiday gifts for moms, sisters, friends and co-workers!
Want a chance to win? Simply be sure to read the rules before entering then enter via Rafflecopter below! The contest ends a minute after midnight EST on May 31, 2012 and is open worldwide.

Rain rain go away, enjoy a flower inside today!

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It’s another rainy Saturday afternoon, but I suppose that’s April for you. After all, we can’t have May flowers without a few April showers. My dad planted the tomato plants I bought him yesterday so they’d get a good soaking today. They were already blooming and a good two and a half feet high. Still, while the rain helps all those gorgeous flowers and crops grow, it is quite dreary when you’ve just spent a week enjoying the sun and the slowly developing warmer weather.
I have really enjoyed all of the new spring flowers popping up since early spring. Pictured above are some of my mom’s tulips I photographed last week. I took the shot outside in the middle of the afternoon – note the sun glinting off the leaves and petals – but ended up with what I think looks more like a studio shot. I love how it turned out and I didn’t use any Photoshop. I mean, really, isn’t that sort of cheating? To me Photoshop separates the photographer from the digital artist. Both are fabulous and necessary but each have their own skill set.
Anyhow, it’s days like these that make me wish I’d thought to pick a bouquet before the rain started falling. Fortunately, I found this awesome diy project for crafting a bouquet that never dies.
Hooray Blog has a beautiful tutorial for making these billy button flowers (pictured above.) You can create them yourself with a handful of dried flower balls from the craft store, some wire sticks, and floral tape. And the really fabulous part? Once you craft them they never die. Plus they look quite cheerful no matter the weather outside!