We have been hard at work on making Christmas gifts. One of the joys of homeschooling for us over the years has been to learn basic homemaking skills, along with a few skills that are just fun projects.
Making soap is just plain fun. It’s an easy project for younger children, and the next thing you know they are 16 years old and begging to help you make soap for gifts.
We love Candy Canes at our house and decided to combine the two for our very own DIY Candy Cane Soap.
If you didn’t know, sugar has long been known to be an excellent ingredient for smoothing and exfoliating the skin. You can buy sugar scrubs, make your own, or have one professionally done at your local spa.
Since we had a bundle of candy canes around the house, they became our inspiration for this holiday soap.
We made a couple of different batches, experimenting as we went. I had a bunch of left over glycerin bars from another project, I think it was a 1 lb. bag that we melted on the stove top in an old pan.
The first batch was poured into small bars (you can buy molds at the craft store) where we added crushed candy canes to the melted glycerin (center bars). The bars hardened quickly and looked so pretty with the crushed candy in them.
So far, so good.
Then, we got braver and made a bigger batch, using crushed candy canes in the bottom of a large bread pan, then adding the melted glycerin (white) for the bottom layer.
After we allowed it to harden, a another layer of glycerin tinted with red food coloring was poured on top.
The soap was left to harden, inverted on a tray and cut into slices.
I resurrected an old cookie tin to wrap the soap in for giving.
The Candy Cane Soap was born! We also added some extra peppermint essential oil to the melted glycerin.
Our kitchen still smells minty.
It smells good enough to EAT.
By the way, the soap rather looks like peppermint bark doesn’t it?
If I could figure out how to add a layer of chocolate to it, I would.
The last batch we made was with the crushed candy canes melted into the glycerin to get this lovely pink color. The bee design is my blog logo and I love using it for special gifts.
The only mistake we made was in cleaning up after we were finished.
I had this great idea of saving myself some time and putting all the dishes that I used to make the soap in the dish washer.
This was not wise.
We had a mountain of minty, soapy bubbles all over the kitchen floor.
Ooops! Who knew soap would be so, SOAPY?
I had fun putting together this little display in our bathroom. The pink soaps called for some pretty glass jars, striped ribbons and my Mason Jar Snow Globes.
This is the only spot in the bath where I can decorate. It has a little holiday feel now and that makes me happy!
Guess what else made me happy this week? I was one of the bloggers featured in the Huffington Post article on gifts you can make.
Read all about it here.
The wall cabinet was another project, but we will talk about that on a different day!