Soap Gift Box

Soap Gift BoxRecently I asked my Facebook fans for ideas to do with my five grandchildren ages 2 to 9. I got a lot of wonderful ideas from them! (If you want to see more ideas ‘Like’ my Facebook page.) One of the projects was to make soap in the microwave. It was such a success that I couldn’t wait to tell the Pazzles office staff about it. Eventually I concluded that a demo was in order so I packed up the supplies and brought it all to our Pazzles kitchen.Chris' grandkids gathered around the microwaveThe magic of this project is watching what happens when you put Ivory soap in the microwave. At home I had four kiddos jostling for a spot to see the transformation. Guess what! The same thing happened here! I showed it four times so everyone could see. 🙂

This is a wonderful project to do with the kids. Grandparent’s Day is next month and it would be a great handmade gift. Of course, you can make the little gift box with your Inspiration. The one I used is from the Craft Room library. I just cut a window and lined it with a piece of plastic cut from an Inspiration Mat cover.

There are instructions for this project on different websites, but I did discover a few things on my own. You must use Ivory soap. No other soap will work and it has to be fresh. Don’t dig up a bar under the sink that you have had for ages.

So without further ado here are the instructions with lots and lots of pictures:

Supplies 1. Gather your supplies: Ivory soap, parchment or wax paper, paper plates, mixing bowl, electric mixer, food coloring, cookie cutters in simple shapes, paper towels for messy hands, water in a cup, spatula, and plastic spoons. You can also add scent to the soap by adding almond, peppermint, or lemon extracts.

Half Bar In Microwave

2. Line a paper plate with parchment paper and fold up the sides so that it will turn freely in the microwave. I suggest starting with a half bar of soap and if you have a bigger microwave you can graduate to a full bar later.

Half Bar Done3. Microwave a half bar on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. You will need to watch this, don’t over cook. Mine took 1 minute but microwaves do vary. This is the time to gather round and watch the transformation! It happens pretty fast and is very dramatic.

Crumble Soap4. Crumble the soap into a bowl.  Make sure it is cool and watch out for any soap lumps in the middle. The finer the crumbles the better. The kids loved doing this. Warning! Crumbling creates soap flakes which can get everywhere but they are easy to vacuum up.

5. Mix in a very small amount of water using an electric mixer or a pastry dough blender. This is the time to add scent as well. I add food coloring to water in a cup and then pour small amounts of water in as needed. You want the soap to get to the consistency of pie crust dough.

6. Knead the soap ‘dough’ to mix color is thoroughly. The kids love this part.

7. Press the soap into a cookie cutter. Wait 10 or 15 minutes then push the soap shape out of the cookier cutter.

You can also press a flat pancake shape of soap and use the cookie cutter to cut the shape much like cutting out cookies.

Let dry8. Let the soap dry on parchment paper. Turn several times.

9. Clean up with a vacuum cleaner first! Then you will only have small amounts of soap to wipe up.




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8 thoughts on “Soap Gift Box

  • Victoria Kee

    I never tried this, but looked at it once when the kids were here….just never got to it. But, the recipe that I had said to put the microwaved soap into a blender or food processor to get rid of the leftover lumps. I just wonder what it would to the machine!

  • Kayess Diane

    I advise not putting soap in the blender. I did it once and six months later we still had soapy smoothies. We bought a new blender.

    I have a cheap stick blender for craft because the soapy one died.


  • Christine Post author

    Julie and Denise,
    Ivory has a facebook page
    I saw questions on where to find Ivory in Hong Kong so I imagine you could get your answer there. I also saw a comment on another site that said it was sold in Woolworth stores in the UK. You can order it on line if all else fails.

    Ivory soap has been around for over 100 years. Here in the US it has been advertised as the soap that floats. I am pretty sure that is key to the success of the microwave project. You need a soap that is infused with air.

  • Christine Post author

    I used my Kitchenaide stand mixer and a metal bowl at home. There is no soap residue left.

    At the office I did try mixing this in my Magic Bullet. It is a little small but I figured that if I had one container that smelled like soap I still had a bunch more that were ok. I think I will pour boiling water into the container to melt any residue away.

  • Denise Robson

    Late reply I know but have emailed Proctor and Gamble to find out what equivalent is available is in the UK, will let you know when I get a response