It has become a tradition here that I share at least one bath tutorial for the Fourth of July.
Sure, the fourth is all about food, desserts and fireworks. But I know that any beauty crafter’s heart jumps at the idea of sneaking in a little soap craft for the big day.
Full disclosure: we don’t celebrate the 4th of July where I live. So to me that day is filled with red, white and blue mystery.
This is what I’ve learned so far:
- it’s on the fourth of July (duh)
- no matter what your patriotic beliefs are, everyone joins the party
- some red, white and blue is mandatory, whether its in your dress code, table decor or food choices
- Food is a very important aspect of the day (yay!)
- And also, fireworks.
Am I far off? Or is this just a cliche European representation of the most American Day of the year?
As you may or may not know I enjoy a good theme party. So thinking of cute red, white and blue ideas is not a problem for me.
Last year I made these adorable red, white and blue Popsicles with Melt and Pour Soap. Since they were such a hit I wanted to take a different approach to the classic melt and pour soap tutorial.
I’ve been enjoying my craft cutters in different sizes and shapes mainly to decorate my food, as you can see on my Instagram account.
Instead of using them to cut apples and bananas, I decided to put them to good use for my next craft idea.
I made both smaller and larger soaps. I like the smaller ones as you can really see the stars floating in the clear soap base.
Some might like the larger ones better as they are the perfect size to display on a soap tray in your bath room or powder room.
The red and blue soap colorant might bleed a little into the clear melt and pour soap base. I haven’t found a proper solution for this yet. If you have one, please share!
This is a fun and easy craft that you can make in a matter of minutes. You can turn this into a fun kids activity too as long as you’re there to help and supervise.
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- Melt 1/3 (about 2 oz or 60 g) of the white melt and pour soap base using a double boiler or melt in a heatproof container in the microwave on a low setting for 30 seconds.
- Pour the melted soap onto a large shallow plate. Spread evenly over the surface.
- Let the soap harden to room temperature. Carefully peel the soap off the plate. Use a small cutter to cut stars from the soap.
- Repeat steps 1 to 3 but add blue colorant to one batch and red colorant to another during step 1. Make sure to clean your double boiler or container between the red and blue batch, or you'll end up with a deep purple color.
- Once all your stars are cut, you can start melting the clear melt and pour soap base.
- Spread a few stars evenly over the bottom of the molds. Pour a little bit of clear soap over the stars until covered. You can continue to layer your stars and soap like this if you want larger soaps.
- Let dry in their molds for at least 2 hours or until solid.
- The red and blue might bleed a little into the clear soap. I've tried putting the stars into the freezer for a few minutes first, but after a while they still bled a little.
- To remove bubbles from the surface of the soap you can spray it lightly with rubbing alcohol when it's still liquid.
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Want to save this fun DIY tutorial for next year? If you like it, than don’t forget to put a pin on it!