DIY Projects & Crafts Bath Bombs and Soaps Homemade Soap Pressed-Flower Bar Soap Spring is in full bloom—and so are these lovely handmade soaps. Pick your favorite flower—crushed rose petals, lavender buds, or bluebonnets—and try our easy melt-and-pour technique. By Martha Stewart Editors Martha Stewart Editors An article attributed to "Martha Stewart Editors" indicates when several writers and editors have contributed to an article over the years. These collaborations allow us to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information available.The Martha Stewart team aims to teach and inspire readers daily with tested-until-perfected recipes, creative DIY projects, and elevated home and entertaining ideas. They are experts in their fields who research, create, and test the best ways to help readers design the life they want. The joy is in the doing. Editorial Guidelines Updated on May 17, 2023 Share Tweet Pin Email Learn how to make bar soap from our contributor Anusha Rajeswaran. To create these sweet-smelling soaps, you'll need a variety of dried flowers—we recommend trying wax flowers, spray roses, calendula, lavender buds, and other greenery. Small flowers fit best in the soap mold, and unscented or lightly scented flowers are good for sensitive skin. If you prefer a strong potpourri-like scent in your soap, simply add a few drops of essential oil (like rose or lavender) to the mixture. To determine how much glycerin soap base you need, follow a one-to-one ratio of clear soap base to white soap base with a light spritz of rubbing alcohol between the layers. (Here, we used a half pound or one cup of each.) ANUSHA RAJESWARAN What You'll Need Materials Soap mold Glycerin soap, white and clear Rubbing alcohol Dried flowers 2 heatproof bowls Instructions Sprinkle dried flowers into each cavity of the soap mold. Place the clear soap in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat at intervals of 10 seconds until completely melted. Pour 1/2 inch of the clear soap over the flowers in the soap mold; let dry for five minutes. Spray the rubbing alcohol on top of the soap. Place white soap in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat at intervals of 10 seconds until completely melted. Pour the melted white soap to fill the rest of the soap mold. Allow the bar soap to dry for a minimum of 40 minutes before gently popping out of the mold.