As a kid, there was nothing I loved more on a warm day than an icy popsicle. Now, as a nostalgic grown-up, I'll admit I like anything on a stick—fried cheese, hot dogs, donuts, waffles, you name it. So how about soap on a popsicle stick? Yes, please! Not to eat, of course, but as a fun bath or gift item. These soap popsicles even have real flowers encased within them for a lovely botanical touch. And when you see how easy they are to make, you'll want to take a pop at them.
DIY Decorative Floral Soap "Popsicles"
These soaps are not edible. Keep them away from children, and warn children not to eat them.
Things You'll Need
Melt and pour glycerin soap base
Microwave safe measuring cup, one or two cup
Flowers, petals and leaves
Popsicle sticks, 4 1/2-inch length
Step 1: Cut Up the Soap
Even if you've never made soap in your life, you will see what a snap it is with the right materials. Melt and pour glycerin soap is an easy-to-use soap base that works just like the name implies—you melt and pour it. Bricks are available at the crafts store, usually pre-scored for you so you can easily cut the soap into smaller pieces for melting.
Step 2: Melt the Soap
Place several chunks of the soap in a microwave safe measuring cup. I used a one-cup size. Set the timer for 30 seconds, and check how much of the soap has melted. Stir it around a bit, and microwave it at additional 10-second intervals until the soap is completely melted.
Step 3: Add Fragrance
If you would like to add a scent to the soap, place about ten drops of an essential oil of your choice (e.g., rose or lavender) into the melted wax and stir. If you are allergic to fragrances, you can skip this step.
Step 4: Set Up the Popsicle Molds
Position the popsicle molds in their base to keep them stable and upright. If the popsicle molds did not come with a base, they should still be able to stand up on a level surface, but stand them up in a baking dish so the soap doesn't run everywhere if they accidentally tip over. Place some flowers or petals in the bottom of the popsicle mold.
Step 5: Pour Soap Into the Mold
The soap is ready to pour when it has cooled down a bit. You'll know it's cool enough when a film starts to form around the edges.
Pour a little of the soap into the mold. Stop and add a few more flowers or petals. Then continue pouring more soap.
Step 6: Push Down the Flowers
As you pour soap into the mold, the flowers and petals will want to float to the top. With a popsicle stick, keep pushing them down. Soon, the soap will begin cooling and solidifying, and the flowers will stay in place.
Heavier flowers and petals work better in soap than dainty ones. Thin petals can wither in the hot, melted soap base, while heavier ones not only can withstand the heat, but are less likely to float to the top.
Step 7: Insert the Popsicle Stick
When the soap has started hardening, insert a clean popsicle stick (not the one you've been using to push down the flowers) into the center of the soap with about two inches extending past the mold. It should stand up on its own without sinking. Don't wait too long, however. Once the soap is solid, the popsicle stick won't go in.
Repeat this process with all your popsicle molds, and let them harden for a full 24 hours.
Step 8: Remove Soap from Molds
It may look like it would be difficult to remove the soaps from the molds, but they do come out easily. It just takes a little patience. First, after they've hardened for 24 hours, place them in the freezer for 30 minutes so they contract. Then run the molds under hot water, or stand them up in a container of hot water. Just be sure not to get water inside the mold.
Slide a butter knife between the soap and the mold to push air into the mold. You don't need to stick the knife in very deep—just about an inch.
Then begin squeezing the sides of the mold. You will see the air pocket in the mold getting larger as you squeeze. Although the plastic is hard, it still has some give, so keep squeezing, pressing up and down on it. Eventually, the entire piece of soap will slide right out. You can also jiggle the popsicle stick to help loosen the soap.
Step 9: Trim the Edges
Use the butter knife to straighten any edges at the bottom of the soap popsicle. You can also use your fingers to smooth them out.
What whimsical soaps! Experiment with the type of flowers and petals you put into the soaps, and your bathroom can feature a garden of popsicles.