Soap Crayons – DIY Gift, Stocking Stuffer, or Party Favor Idea

While browsing Pinterest, I came across these cute soap crayons and decided to give them a try.  The “recipe” calls for items that you probably already have on hand and the process is extremely simple.

Whatcha Need:

  • a bar of white soap
  • food colors
  • water
  • cookie cutters, candy molds, or something similar

Directions:

  • Grate your bar of soap.  I cut open a Johnson’s Buddies soap and used it.  I love the way they smell!  I used my kitchen grater and it worked well.  You need approximately one cup of grated soap.
  • Divide your grated soap into bowls.  One bowl for each color you want.  I used about 1/4 cup in each bowl and made 4 colors.
  • Add a bit of hot water to each bowl- a little less than a tablespoon per bowl.  Use a spoon or fork to mash it all together until you reach a good consistency and all of the pieces are incorporated.
  • Add a few drops of food colors, mixing until you reach your desired color.
  • Press soap mixture into cookie cutters or molds and freeze.

I used my Wilton cookie cutter set and lined a baking pan with waxed paper for easy clean up.  You’ll want to freeze them for at least a few hours or overnight.  These are great for kids and they’d make cute stocking stuffers or party favors!

 I originally saw this idea at Instructables.

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Comments

  1. Well that is a cool idea. I’m going to try that.

  2. I love this idea. We might have to work on this with the kids!

  3. That is a GREAT idea for stocking stuffers!!

  4. very cute!! do they leave color on the kids or bath though??

    • The color does come off on the kids, but we just make sure to scrub them and the tub down really well right before taking them out of the bath. So far, we’ve had no staining and Bryson loves it.

  5. This is an awesome idea. Looks like the perfect gift for my almost 3 year old niece :)

  6. This is an awesome idea! Looks like the perfect gift for my almost 3 year old niece :)

  7. LOVE IT~I’m totally doing this tomorrow!!!!
    Thank you!

  8. Do these actually color on the tub walls or are they more like a colored soap?

  9. Great idea. thanks for sharing. I’m a new follower

  10. SUPER DUPER – I so can’t wait to make these for my kids!I would love if you stopped over to link up at Get Schooled Saturday a Too Much Time on my Hands!

    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/12/get-schooled-saturday-3.html

  11. Thanks so much for stopping by! this crayon idea is like genus!! I can’ t wait to try it. im your newest follower!

  12. Can these set in the fridge instead? I have no room in the freezer but want to make these asap!

  13. Wow, I didn’t know you can make these so easily! They look great! I’m saving this post.

  14. Very nice! I can’t wait to try it myself.

  15. This looks like a fun project to get the kids involved in doing too.

  16. I tried this and it didn’t work at all. As soon as they “thawed” they turned to mush again. I tried other sites and they suggested letting them dry in a warm dy place for a couple of days. SO, I’m trying that now. I hope that works. I grated a lot of soap! :)

    • Oh no, I hope you can save them! Maybe next time try cutting the water back a little. Let us know if they dry out. Sorry they didn’t work out as planned!

      • Nope. They did dry out and I was able to get them out of the molds I used, but then they didn’t leave a mark on the tub at all… I must be jinxed. Oh well, nothing lost. I used soap I got free with coupons.

  17. great ideas for children…i run treatment programs and one of them is for women and children who live in the program for six months….we have a daycare so we are always looking for ideas for the kids!

  18. I have linked to your blog in my post. This post is scheduled to publish August 14th. Thanks for sharing the great idea!

  19. Thanks for this great post. I saw thru MSM. How vivid are the colors when you use them? Have you tried them yet?

  20. marissa lee says:

    love this i will be trying this with my daughter…thank you

  21. I luv!!! I’ve never seen this before, so easy, and fun to do! I think it is a great idea for kids who want to give gifts to other kids, something that isn’t too expensive, but they would enjoy doing, and makes something that will probably get used! Nice!

  22. I’m new viewer this idea is a great idea for an Sincery child or special needs very helpful.Cause they like trying different things Thank you

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