Make Cupcake Soap with Sprinkles
I’ve been making my own beauty products here for a while lately. I make sprays for my hair, lotions for my body and toners for my face among other things. I have never, ever made soap though.
Flash back to a good 12-13 years ago… My Momma, sister and a family friend decided to make soap one Christmas. We bought a kit and I have no clue what went wrong but we wound up burning our eyes chemically from fumes. It was really, really bad. Ever since then I’ve been all, DIY soap? No freaking way!
So when I was asked to make soap I was instantly in a panic. This is so dangerous! Why would anybody want to do this? I headed out to look at supplies and try to sort out what was what with the DIY stuff. Turned out I had no clue what was what or what was up. I wound up falling in LOVE with a cupcake soap kit at Michael’s and that was that. I was no longer frightened instead super stoked to be making my own soap. Isn’t it weird how something cute can be a game changer? 🙂
For this project you will need:
- a Soap making kit
Here is my kit. Isn’t that adorable? Mine didn’t turn out nearly as perfect as those but I’m still really happy with my results.
Not bad for a first, erm, second try!
First things first when purchasing any kind of craft kit… be sure that everything on the list that you need is in the box and if it isn’t included (like a bowl or microwave, or in this case a hand mixer) get that stuff gathered up, too.
Now melted anything is hot. Be very careful and consider this when determining if this is an age appropriate craft.
Melting the soap in the microwave is easy enough… simply heat at 10 second intervals, stirring after each until melted through.
When the glass holding the melted soap is comfortable to touch, you can now add scents and colors. Apparently if you go to soon this stuff can pop back up in your face and that sounds grossly unpleasant.
Soap molds are plastic or silicone among other things. These plastic forms are inexpensive and easy to use. You may damage the shape a bit when popping your soap out when cured just FYI.
Carefully pour your colored, scented soap melt into your forms and allow to sit for at least an hour.
Pop your soaps out after an hour or, if you’re in a really humid climate like I am, a good couple of hours.
If your soaps have air bubbles (like you can see on top here) you can use a cotton swab and alcohol to smooth those babies right out!
I continued on with my kit by the directions and made my frosting and got those soapy cuppies iced right on up.
Thinking that the sprinkles may not take like the tend to have problems with on real frosting I went a bit overboard with the sprinkles. Woops!
I had to work quickly on this part so I wasn’t able to take pics but the process was basically melting the soap, adding a stiffening agent to make it more frosting-like and then whipping that up to stiff peaks. Placed in an icing bag (included with the kit) I piped my “frosting” on and tossed the sprinkles on just after!
They smell like lovely little cupcakes which is why I am keeping the dogs away from them! They’ll be new hand soaps for my sister’s house and I’m sure she will just wig over them!
In the end, this was a really fun and simple craft. In fact I have another kit already to play with as I’m now very interested in soap making! Sometimes crafters think that using kits is not crafty enough but I find that it’s a great way to learn a new crafty skill!