Christmas Soap Making Projects

Handmade Gifts for the Holidays

Soap and candles make great holiday gifts. Whether for others, or gifts for yourself, these great soap projects and recipes will bring some Christmas cheer into your house - and your bath tubs - for many months to come. And I guarantee you'll be the most popular gift giver around the tree!
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    Finished decorated felt melt and pour Christmas ornament soaps
    Decorated melt and pour Christmas ornament soaps. David Fisher

    When I was a kid, I remember decorating Christmas cookies with my grandmother. She'd bake a few dozen sugar cookies in various Christmas shapes and we'd spend the day decorating them with frosting.

    These soaps use the same concept, with pieces of felt cut in Christmas shapes, dipped in clear melt and pour soap, and then decorated with white and/or colored soap. It's also similar to single use soaps made with artificial flower petals and is a great project for kids to take part in...MORE their parents' soap making!

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    Ornament adorned Christmas tree soaps. David Fisher

     Here are some fun, easy-to-make melt and pour soaps that will bring some Christmas cheer to your sinks, showers and bathrooms.

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    Poinsettia Hand Soaps. David Fisher
    Bring a bit of holiday cheer into your bathrooms and kitchens with this super easy melt and pour soap project. Each of the leaves has enough soap on them for a single hand wash. When you're done, just toss them into the trash. Handy! Wonderful for guests, holiday parties and for just everyday use. They look (and smell) lovely in a decorative bowl.
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    Christmas Scrubby Soaps. David Fisher
    Sometimes in all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, kids can take a little extra coaxing to settle into their routines and get into the bath tub. This project was designed with those kids (mine included!) in mind. Remember, a well scrubbed skin...is a healthy skin!
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    Christmas is a time for treats and sweets and holiday cheer. Here's a Christmas treat that you don't want to eat, though it may look good enough to.

    These Christmas Cupcakes use regular cold process (or even melt and pour) soap for the "cake" base, and then use whipped soap for the frosting.

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    Christmas Chunk Soaps. David Fisher
    For a quick addition to a holiday soap basket, try this easy melt and pour soap project - Christmas Chunk Soaps. This project also has the benefit of using up soap scraps, leftovers or "mistakes" - cut/chunk them up...and use them in another project!
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    Apple Cider Soap.
    This soap, which uses rolled and regular embeds, was inspired by the hot, spiced apple cider that is part of our holiday traditions from Thanksgiving through Christmas.
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    Soaps on Ropes - Great for gifts!. David Fisher

    Soaps on Ropes! I had them when I was a kid...you probably did too. It's mostly a novelty - the soap is the same with or without the rope...but it really does add a neat convenience factor. Because it keeps the soap from sitting in any water, your soap lasts longer.

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    Christmas Bath Salts. David Fisher
    O.k., it's not really a soap - but it's for the bath tub, so I'm including it here. It's a great recipe/project for kids...or kids who want to help their parent make something special. They really are almost too easy...and pretty hard to mess up. I know...I know...we've become a culture of quick showers rather than long luxurious baths...but the times when we do want to take a long soak, adding some scented and/or theraputic salts to the water really make the bath wonderful.
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    Blooming Bath Oil. David Fisher
    We soap makers know the benefits of moisturizing oils on your skin, and the power of fragrance and essential oils on the mood. What a better time to combine them than in a tub of piping hot water? But what about the oily ring? Adding a simple ingredient makes the oil water dispersible!
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    Holiday Fizzy Bath Bombs. David Fisher
    What's a little bit bath salt, a little bit bath oil, a little bit relaxing, and a little bit fizzy fun? You guessed it...the fizzy bath bomb. You can make them in spheres, tablets, or use molds to make an unlimited variety of shapes.