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Japanese-Motif Soaps

Create extra sets of these pretty soaps to have on hand for unexpected guests.

Photography: Yunhee Kim

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2007


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  • White soap with flat sides

  • White water-slide decal paper

  • Clear acrylic coating

  • Scissors


  1. Start with bars of white soap with flat sides. (The side where you will place the pattern should be smooth, with no etched words or designs.)

  2. In a photo-editing program, draw boxes that are the same size as the bars of soap. Import desired patterns into boxes, and print onto white water-slide decal paper.

  3. Spray printed sheet with a clear acrylic coating to set colors. Cut out patterned boxes, rounding corners as required to match the shape of the soaps. Affix patterned cutouts to the soaps, following the manufacturer's instructions.

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