Don’t you love the beauty of silk flowers? They never need watering and come in a huge variety of sizes and types. Did you know you can use silk flowers to make unique soaps? Now, you might be wondering how in the world you can take a silk flower and turn it into a bar of soap but you’re going down the wrong road. You can’t magically turn the silk flower into a bar of soap but you can use it to create a soap that features the petal inside!
Roses and some other silk flowers are ideal for creating small soaps that are meant to use only once. The petals themselves become an actual part of the soap, and after it’s been used once, you simply throw the petal away. These are great to use as guests soaps or to just gather in a dish and display as a decorative accent for the bathroom. Choose flowers which feature petals that aren’t long and slender nor huge.
Cut each petal from the main flower to begin turning them into soaps. Craft stores feature various types of melt-and-pour soap pieces. You simply microwave these – or use a double-boiler to melt – then pour the soaps into molds. Purchase the melt-and-pour soap that is completely clear so that your guests will easily be able to see the original flower petal inside. Two ounces of the glycerin soap will do about 25 petals.
Heat the soap in a glass measuring cup, in the microwave, until melted. If you want you can add a liquid scent to the mix. Keep a close eye on the soap as you melt it, stirring occasionally with something like a chopstick or skewer. Remove the liquid and begin dipping the flower petals in it. Hold a petal with a pair of tweezers then dip. It’s important that you get a good trip on the petal while still barely holding the very end of the petal, where it used to be attached to the main flower.
After dipping, hold the petal over the cup for a few seconds, allowing the excess to drip back into the cup. Lay each petal on a sheet of wax paper, supported by a baking sheet. Allow the soaps to set up completely then barely trim away the area you held with the tweezers. Place a collection of the soap petals in a small dish and set them in the bathroom. They’re beautiful, smell great, and are so easy to make!