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These melt and pour pencil soaps are perfect for your child’s teacher. This homemade craft is a fun idea as a Christmas, teacher appreciation or anytime gift. Made with your favorite essential oils.
Easy Melt & Pour Homemade Pencil Soaps Teacher Gift
Trying to think of a unique and fun gift to your favorite teacher? Grab your kids, because they are not going to want to miss out on this fun craft.
While it looks like high-end decorative pencil soaps from a fancy shop, it’s surprisingly easy to make at home.
All you need to do is melt & pour into different soap layers using pre-made soap base. Super Simple!!! This layering process gives you a beautiful handmade soap that makes for lovely gifts.
These soaps look and smell amazing and will make your kids go “WOW, I just made these!” I let my kids pick out a favorite essential oil that they know their teacher will like. My daughter picked Lavender and my son out picked peppermint.
If you are looking to learn how to make homemade soap bars with an easy recipe, then this is the one for you! You can find soap making procedures and ingredients below for this fun DIY craft project.
Homemade Pencil Soaps Supplies Needed:
- 1 package of white soap base
- 1 package of opaque soap base
- Soap colorings – I use a package that has multiple colors. The colors I used were: black, amber, orange-red, rose pink, and sunset yellow
- Essential oil – I used lavender, but feel free to use any scent (or no scent) you would like
- Cosmetic grade glitter – gold
- Soap Mold
You can find most of these items at Michael’s stores or I have the links for Amazon above.
How to Make Homemade Pencil Soaps Instructions:
Please Take Note: This is a super easy DIY, but does require some patience! This project focuses on the layers. Each layer must be semi-dried before the next can be poured. The layers for pencil soaps are as follows:
- Bowl A: Opaque soap base, 2 rows, dyed black (pencil tip)
- White soap base, 2 rows, few drops of amber to form a creamy white (sharpened part of the pencil)
- Opaque soap base, 4 rows, mix of sunset yellow and orange-red, gold glitter (pencil)
- White soap base, 1 row, few drops of black to form a grey (metal before the eraser)
- White soap base, 2 rows, rose pink (eraser)
First, gather your Soap Making Supplies.
The soap bases come in a grid of squares from the store. You will need to cut along the lines of rows to make melting the soap base easier.
Add the following amounts to each bowl:
– Bowl A: opaque soap base 2 rows
– Small Bowl B: white soap base 2 rows
– Bowl C: opaque soap base 4 rows
– Small Bowl D: white soap base 1 row
– Bowl E: white soap base 2 rows
Heat your soap base in the micro in 30-second intervals until melted. Stir between each interval. You want to work very quickly once the soap is melted, as it will harden quickly. If your soap does harden before you finish, simply put it in the microwave in 15-second intervals until melted again.
Carefully remove from the microwave.
Add black coloring and stir. (I like to use craft sticks to stir. They are easy and you can toss them when you are done!) You are going for a graphite color. If you are adding essential oils, this is the step you will want to do so.
Once your color is made, pour into your soap mold. Allow the soap to set (10-15 minutes). This will allow it enough time to set up and ready to take on the next level.
Now it is time to move on to bowl B. After this soap is melted, add a few drops of amber. Mixed with the white of the soap, it will form a cream color. Pour over the first layer of soap and allow to set.
Don’t forget you will need to add in your favorite essential oils to each bowl. Just a drop or two will do.
For the third layer, melt again in the microwave. Once melted, color to form a pencil orange color. Dust with commercial-grade cosmetic glitter.
Don’t be shy with the glitter! – This is the fun part. Adding in the bling.
This is an opaque soap base so you will be able to see through it and the glitter will make this layer beautiful!
Pour over the other two layers and again let it sit.
Melt bowl D. For coloring, use a few drops of black. Mixed with the white soap base it will create a cool grey color perfect for the metal on the pencil. Pour over the orange layer and let it set.
Last layer! Melt bowl E in the microwave. Color it pink for the eraser and pour into the soap mold. Using a knife, scrape off any air bubbles that rise to the top. Carefully let it sit out or put in the refrigerator.
Be patient! (This is the hardest part of the whole thing!) It will need to fully set. If you take it out too early before it has hardened fully, the colors will bleed together. Allow to fully cool for 2-3 hours.
Cut the soap into bars. Then cut each bar into thirds. On the bottom layer (the black layer) cut two angles to form a point.
Aren’t they, darling?
Don’t tell anyone how simple it was to make, and they will be suitably impressed with your crafting skills.