Christmas Soaps

Making melt and pour soups is so simple!! They are so cute and can be used as a special gift or for yourself! You can buy melt and pour soaps at various places. I’ve seen it available at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Walmart, and Amazon. I enjoy using the Shea butter soap bases but there are many kinds.

I got these ginger bread man and Christmas tree silicone molds at HomeGoods. They were so cute and I couldn’t pass them up. They also had this silicone snowflake. cookie stamp. I’ve never used a stamp on soaps before but thought I would give it a try.

I used a large glass measuring cup to melt my soap. I first cut up the soap into smaller pieces so that it would melt easier. I guessed the amount of soap I would need based on the size of the molds I’m using. Most full size silicone molds will use 1 pound of soap. You can then melt the soap in about 30 second intervals. Stir the soap in between intervals.

Once the soap is melted you can add your essential oils. I used Lavender and added 50 drops and then stirred the soap again.

Then you can pour the soap into the molds.

Like I’ve said I had not stamped soaps before so this was a little bit of an experiment.

I waited until the soap was somewhat hardened but was soft enough to be molded by the stamp. To get the stamp to imprint you have to apply a good amount of pressure and I even tilted the stamp into the soap all the way around to give it a raised effect.

I love how these soaps came out! They smell great and would make really cute Christmas gifts!

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Paint Kit Craft Ideas

Do you enjoy paint kits?

I was excited when I found this Black History Month paint kit in Michael’s. I am not a good painter, but I enjoy the process of painting! I did not use all the paints included in the kit and used some paint that I already had.

I painted the picture outlined. I painted it a bit different then the picture that came with the kit. I wanted to make the woman darker and tried to add some curly texture to her hair.

I love book pages and I wanted to incorporate a book page background of this picture. I ripped some book pages into strips. I then brushed mod podge on the canvas, placed the strip down, and then brushed mod podge on top of the strip to decoupage it.

I decoupaged all around the edge of the circle and I covered some of the leaves at the bottom and will repaint those when the mod podge dries.

Once the mod podge was dried I repainted some spots that were covered by the book pages and added more color to her hair. I then added embellishments!

I made some fabric roses for the head band and the bottom of the picture. I had some charms that I also wanted to add and hot glued them to the canvas. It’s so fun to make paint kits your own and add any features or decorations to them that you would like to! Half the fun is being creative and using what you have to make something new!