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Heart-Shaped Soap

Stamped bar soaps—inspired by candy conversation hearts—make great gifts for a loved one.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2006

Introduction

This soap-making project uses an easy melt-and-pour technique. Depending on your equipment, yields may vary. To determine how much glycerin you'll need, fill a pan with water to 1/4 inch below height of cookie cutter; pour water into measuring cup. Record amount, then discard water. Here, we used a 2-inch cookie cutter (1 inch high) and 2 1/2 pounds of glycerin soap-sold at crafts stores in order to make 16 hearts. For equally pretty gift packaging, we wrapped them in cellophane bags tied with printable gift tags adorned in glitter.

 

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materials

  • Nonstick 9-inch square pan

  • Heart-shape cookie cutter

  • Heatproof glass measuring cup

  • Glycerin soap

  • Bench scraper

  • Soap colorant or food coloring

  • Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol

  • Cutting board

  • Needlenose pliers

  • 1/8-inch metal letter stamps

  • Masking tape

steps

  1. Cut soap into small pieces with bench scraper; fill measuring cup. Microwave on medium heat until melted; stir. Add soap and heat until you've reached the water amount. Add colorant; stir. Pour liquid into pan. Spray with alcohol to eliminate bubbles.

  2. Let harden at room temperature for up to 2 hours; freeze 10 minutes.

  3. Turn upside down onto cutting board. Carve shaped soaps with cookie cutter, pulling cutter out with pliers if it sticks. Tape stamps together to form words, and imprint on soap, applying light, even pressure.

  4. Optional: If gift-giving, print out gift tag clip-art. Wrap soap in cellophane bags and tie off with decorative tags.

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