SUBMITTED BY: Betti-PA (who is not a soap welder)
All those soap slivers you made fun of me for saving last summer … (bathtub fun for kids). Even though DH threw out most of my soap sliver collection (can you imagine!?), I managed to salvage a quart Mason jar full of them.
I saw a project on Tipical Maryellen (?) the other week, so I decided to put these soap slivers to use … we made more soap.
Surprise Soap/Shaped Soap
- * 1 c (one bar) of soap
- * 3 Tbs water
- * food coloring (2-3 drops)
- * small plastic toy
Grate soap on a kitchen grater (I used a food processor; the dust was irritating but it worked well otherwise). Add water and a few drops of food coloring. Mix to make a dough.
– Shape into cakes…or…
– To make Surprise Soap, hide a small plastic toy in a ball of the soap
– To make Shaped Soap, press some dough into a cookie cutter. Put into the
freezer for about 5 minutes so it releases from the cookie cutter.
Let dry thoroughly at room temperature. It’s supposed to be able to float in the water.
A quart Mason jar of soap slivers made about 2 cups of soap crumbs after processing them. That translated into 8 cakes of soap! They are really cute … most of our soap was white, but the kids had some bright colored soap leftovers so it looks like confetti soap!
More projects for the kids…
- * Baby Bath
- * 1 Tbs. cornstarch
- * 2-3 drops food coloring
Mix it up and the kids can use a paint brush with it…on themselves, the tub or tile (not painted surfaces). The soap base keeps it from staining the skin.
Bathtub Finger Paint
- * Shaving Creme
- * 1-3 drops of food coloring (not too much or things could stain with this.
Mix it up in a bowl and use as finger paint. You can also sculpt with it and the sculptures will float on the water.
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Re: Soap Slivers
I just read your great idea for using up soap slivers. I have another one for you. I save a mesh bag from the grocery store (oranges or avocados come in them) and pop the soap slivers into this bag. I tie a loose knot in one end and have the other end with the label still attached. I hang this handy bag by the outside garden hose. When washing your hands after gardening you can scrub against the bag to remove tough dirt and leave it hanging there for next time. Just untie the knot to add more soap pieces.
Excellent tip, Bonnie! Thanks for sharing! 🙂