You might be tempted to take a bite out of these Red, White and Blue Pops, but I wouldn’t do that if I were you! These fun color block melt and pour soap pops are incredibly easy to make and will brighten up any bathroom or kitchen!
This Color Block Melt and Pour Soap tutorial is obviously inspired by an upcoming patriotic holiday. This quick tutorial is a fun way to get you in the mood for all that partying on the fourth of July!
It’s a great kids activity now that the summer holidays are starting, so you can make sure they aren’t bored already before Summer has even begun! Get them involved in the 4th of July planning and make these Red, White and Blue Color Block Melt and Pour Soap Pops with them. This tutorial really couldn’t be easier and the best part is that you create something useful. Once your colorful soaps are ready they are incredibly fun to use as well.
Give these fourth of july inspired soap pops as a party favor to your guests. Or have them ready for use in the bathroom as a nice surprise. You can also include them in your party decor! Why not use these as a center piece for your 4th of July party? Scatter a few in the middle of the table, or take a small jar and fill it up with pebbles. Stick a soap pop in the middle so it stays up!
How To Make:
Color Block Melt and Pour Soap
(scroll down for a printable, short recipe version)
What I used:
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Step 1: Melt your Melt and Pour Soap
I decided to use clear melt and pour soap, but you can of course always use white melt and pour soap to get the full red, white and blue effect.
Melt about 1/3 cup of melt and pour soap. The best method by far that I’ve found to do this is to melt the soap base in a double boiler. I use a simple double boiler insert for this. I’m usually not that nitpicky about these things. I admit that I still melt waxes and butters in the microwave from time to time (yes, yes, I know …). But every time I try to melt a soap base in the microwave I have a smoking soap eruption happening. It’s probably just me though, because I’ve read plenty of tutorials where they just use a microwave.
If you do decide to melt your melt and pour soap base in the microwave, make sure to use a low setting, only leave it in for short intervals and keep a close eye on the mixture.
Once the mixture has melted you can add your soap coloring. I decided to go with the red color first. I used the color ‘cherry’ from this soap coloring kit. Stir the mixture until its colored evenly.
This is also the point where I added a few drops of essential oil to the mixture. I added 6 drops of grapefruit essential oil in each batch. Follow the instructions that come with your essential oil to figure out how many drops you should use. Also always careful read the contraindications on the packaging!
If you use a fragrance oil or an oil designed for soap making, the scent of your finished product will probably be a lot stronger.
Step 2: Layer up!
Now that you’ve stirred in your essential oils you can take your double boiler off the heat.
Carefully divide the mixture over your popsicle molds. I could make about four popsicles in total.
Make sure to aim for the center of your mold, so no soap will stick to the edges and smudge your other layers. If you do spill a little, just wipe it off when it has hardened.
You can lightly spray the top of the soap to make sure you get rid of any bubbles on top. It’s also supposed to help your soaps stick together better.
Set these aside for at least 20 minutes and let the red soap layer cool and harden. This step is crucial if you don’t want the colors to bleed.
Start to melt another 1/3 cup of melt and pour soap for the second layer. Repeat all the same steps you used to make the red layer. This time I decided to leave the color transparent.
Carefully pour the second white/transparent layer on top of the red layer. Spray to remove any bubbles and let cool.
Follow the exact same steps to create the final, blue layer of melt and pour soap.
Step 3: Stick a stick in it
Once you’ve poured your final layer on top you can glide the popsicle stick in. I used wooden craft sticks.
You’ll have no trouble going through the first layer, but you’ll feel some resistance from the second layer. Keep going until you feel the third layer. Try not to move around too much with your popsicle stick. Just go straight down.
Once you’ve made your Color Block Melt and Pour Soap Pops you have to let the dry completely. I like to leave them in their molds at least overnight. Just to make sure everything has hardened.
Carefully take your homemade soaps out of their molds. Depending on the type of mold you use the soaps might stick to the edges a little.
Ideally of course you would be using soap making molds for this. If you’re using regular popsicle molds, make sure they can withstand some heat. For example check if they can are dishwasher safe.
If the soaps won’t glide out easily you can put them in a cup or bowl and add hot water to it. The edges will start to melt and after a couple of minutes you’ll be able to pull them right out.
Now all that’s left to do is place this refreshing soap treat near a sink and let the lathering fun begin!
DIY Color Block Melt and Pour Soap Pops
This fun and colorful fourth of July craft idea is so simple and fun! Surprise your guests with this cleansing treat or use it as an activity idea for a bored afternoon.
- 1 cup melt and pour soap
- red and blue soap coloring
- essential oil optional
- rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
- 4 wooden craft sticks
- 4 popsicle molds
Carefully melt about 1/3 cup of melt and pour soap in a double boiler or in the microwave.
Once the mixture has melted add the first color of soap coloring. Stir to spread the color evenly.
Add a few drops of essential oil or soap making fragrance oil to the melted soap if you decide to use it.
Carefully divide the mixture over the popsicle molds. Make sure to aim for the center of your mold.
Lightly spray the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol to make sure you get rid of any bubbles.
Set the molds aside for at least 20 minutes to let this soap layer cool and harden. This step is crucial if you don’t want the colors to bleed.
Start to melt another 1/3 cup of melt and pour soap and repeat the previous steps.
Do this three times in total to create three layers.
Once you’ve poured your final layer you can carefully push the popsicle stick in.
Make sure it sits deep enough into the soap without touching the bottom.
Leave them in their molds to let them dry completely. I recommend letting them dry overnight.
I hope you enjoy these easy color block melt and pour soap pops!
And a happy 4th of July to all my American friends!
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