“Surprise Inside” – Easy to make Soaps

Hand made soap

Today we made soaps, and I hardly had time to take some photos before Evey & Gabriel were begging for a bath so that they could use the soaps they made. We used the kit supplied in our Green Kid Crafts Kitchen Science discovery box, but you can find all of the things you need at a local craft store. There was plenty left over in our kit to make a second batch, and next time I might add some essential oil or hand lotion so I can enjoy the soaps too!!


  • silicone soap molds (plastic cups work as well)
  • pure glycerin soap (sold in blocks or cubes at craft stores)
  • microwave-safe measuring cup with handle for melting the soap
  • small plastic animals, erasers  or trinkets
  • fine glitter
  • a chopstick or popsicle stick for stirring


  1. Melt the soap. The size of your mold will determine how much soap you’ll need. Start by melting small amounts of soap; you can always add more. Place the cube(s) of soap in the measuring cup and microwave on high for 30 seconds. If some solid soap remains, microwave it for 10-second intervals until all of the soap is melted, but not boiling. Remove the melted soap from the microwave. This is best done by an adult or older child as the SOAP IS HOT.
  2. Add the glitter. Mix in a little glitter, stirring with the popsicle stick.
  3. Partially fill the molds. Pour the hot soap into the molds so that they are filled about a third of the way to the top. Let the soap cool for about 20 minutes and then place the plastic animal, eraser or trinket you want to use for decoration on top of the hardened soap.
  4. Finish the soap. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to melt and color the remaining soap. Pour the second layer of soap into the mold, covering the plastic animal. Let cool and harden for at least 2 hours. Once cool, turn the mold upside down and pop the soap out. To clean the molds, just use hot water—the soap should wash right off!


  1. These are so cool and simply adorable for the kids for bath time, what fun in the making of these also.

  2. I used to make soaps a long time ago, and I think making soap again would be a fun thing to do with my daughter and she would be thrilled to use soap that she made! Thanks for the idea.

  3. Oh what a fun craft, to make for a great birthday gift for special friends. The pride the little ones always have when they make something special for someone they care about. THank you I always enjoy seeing what your making, it helps in my kids home schooling craft projects

  4. What a cool and adorable project. I think my son and I will be giving them a go. Thanks for the great idea!

  5. like the idea of making my own soap but unfortunately we don’t have a craft shop nearby to buy the pure glycerin soap

  6. These look like great gifts! I’ve been trying to be more crafty, so perhaps soap-making is the way to go.

  7. Wow, I have heard of people making their own soap, but you make it sound so easy! I will be going to the craft store this weekend. Thanks!!!

  8. These are so fun, and seem very easy to make -I could see my ten year old making them for grandparent gifts 🙂

  9. This is a very clever idea. My aunt makes a lot of soaps. I’ll have to share this idea with her, especially since I don’t think she is aware of it. Thanks!

  10. These are so cute. I know these soaps would make my grandkids want to wash their hands often. Thank you for sharing

  11. What A Fun Great Idea something to keep them busy and the something for them to look forward to AFTER a couple baths My Son fights getting one all the time

    • I recently saw a post by someone who put playmobil figures in the soap – I’ll be trying that next 🙂

  12. Something fun and easy to do with friends on a cold day! Love this idea, seems relatively cheap to do too! And the kids can be creative on color, glitter, trinkets! Thanks for the post.

  13. This is so cute! My kids would actually have a great time taking a bath with these cute soaps and I would have fun making them too.

  14. Fun creative idea! I have read about the candles with items inside them but this is the first time finding out about the soaps. I believe this will be a weekend craft for the family to try! Thank you for sharing the directions.

  15. This would make for a fun project. The kids would love these. Especially with the glitter. I think I could us the extra large lego’s and coloring to make cute ones for the boys too.

  16. Never even considered making my own soap. This looks so easy. I love baths so going to have to get the ingredient and start this project. Thank you.

  17. These would be great for motivating a child who doesn’t especially like baths to bathe. They would love it when the soap was gone and they received a “prize.”

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