As the DIY ideas really started to ramp up for my sister’s bridal shower, I left the guest favours last since I didn’t know 1) what to get and 2) if it was going to be a DIY or a purchase. I knew that I wanted the guest favours to be a consumable product that would be suitable for everyone’s needs with minimal packaging. That meant that it was either going to be a food or a beauty product.
It was actually the bride herself who gave me the idea for this guest favour. She mentioned that she had seen these natural soaps with minimal packaging sold in packs of 3 at Winners. There was a huge selection with great scents such as lavender and tea tree oil, however it was going to cost $12 per pack of 3. Since I needed at least 30 soaps, this would set me back minimum $120.
So I decided on the DIY route. Luckily my friend had given out handmade soaps as guest favours at her wedding and really emphasized that they were super easy to make.
I wanted it to go with the Garden party theme but also wanted it to be super easy since the bridal shower was already less than a week away. After a quick Pinterest search, I came across these crystal soaps. It was perfect because it was going to be easy to make and was elegant enough for the shower.
I loved how all of the soaps were different shapes and shades. I had also made them so that they could fit in the palm of my hand. In total, for the size that I made, I was able to make 36 soaps for approximately $1.25 each (total materials costing me $45). Keep into account that I had only used about half of each block of soap, which means that if I had made it all, it would have come to about $0.75 cents each!
Materials you will need for this project:
- 2 types of glycerin soap in opaque and clear, I purchased the medium containers at Michael’s using their 40% off coupon for $20 each
- Soap dye, from Michaels for $5 for a pack of 3
- 2 silicone moulds (I borrowed this from a friend)
- Glass measuring cup
- You will need to repeat this first step twice: once for the opaque soap, and once for the clear soap. Cut up the 1st block of soap into small enough pieces so that it will fit in your mould. Repeat with the second block of soap and mould.
- This step will also need to be done twice: once for the opaque soap, and once for the clear soap. Place the mould of your first soap in the microwave. Make sure not to overfill your moulds or you will make a mess in your microwave! You can start by microwaving the mould for 45 seconds and adding 5 second increments until all of the soap is melted so that you are able to mix in the dye. Repeat with the second mould.
- Now you’re going to add the dye to your melted soap in both moulds. Add different amounts of dye to each section so you can get different shades of mini blocks of clear and opaque soap. Mix with a toothpick. It doesn’t have to be thoroughly mixed – this will give the crystal added depth and color.
- After adding the dye, store the moulds in the fridge for 20 minutes so that they can firm up.
- Remove the firmed up soaps from the moulds. Cut the cubes into mini sections to make them look like mini crystals. Make sure they are not uniform in shape. Be sure to cut out different shapes and sizes as this will make your final product look realistic.
- Mix all of the mini crystals together either in a bowl or on your table top. I had covered my table with a garbage bag so that I could use it as a giant working surface.
- Since I knew I wanted to make at least 30 individual soaps, I made 30 clusters of the mini crystals so that I knew whether or not I had enough to make 30 soaps. This will also allow you to see if there are enough variations within each cluster because the more colors there are per soap, the prettier the final product is.
- Now you are going to place each cluster in the separate sections of your moulds. I also used a silicon muffin mould so that I could get different shapes of soaps.
- Once you have filled your moulds, you will want to cut off just enough white and opaque soap from the blocks to cover the clusters of crystals in the moulds. Starting with the white soap, melt a small block in the microwave in a glass measuring cup and pour it in the moulds so that it goes halfway up. Repeat with the opaque soap and pour it into the moulds on top of the white soap. This will give you the marbling effect you see in crystals.
- Set the filled moulds in the fridge for another 20 minutes. When they are ready, remove from the moulds. If you are happy with the shape then you can stop there, otherwise you can cut off the edges of the soap to make the soaps look less round or squared to add more texture.
- Savvy tip: if you do end up cutting off pieces you can add these pieces back to your clusters. No waste here!
Hope you guys enjoyed this DIY. I really enjoyed making it and enjoyed how easy and practical these guest favours were! Don’t forget to tag me @thesavvypantry in your DIYs so that I can see your projects.
Now set forth and be Savvy!