Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Decorative Soaps

While this started as a "Kids in the Kitchen" post, I thought someone could make these quick fun soaps with an adult theme. Okay, NOT an "adult" theme! But with attractive decorative stickers that would match a bathroom.

This was a project I made with each of my preschool classes. I used to have my own children do them at home as well, for the holidays.

For this sports soap I placed three stickers together.

You will need some new soaps
(you can see I used Dove and Dial)
as well as stickers, Mod-Podge, and a paint brush.

Then decide on which side of the soap
you want to place your sticker.

Start by brushing a thin layer of Mod-Podge on the side of the soap where you want to place your sticker. Put the sticker in place. I have done this project without placing the Mod-Podge on first,
but it never hurts to be more careful.

Once your sticker is in place,
begin painting layers of Mod-Podge over it.
Be sure to coat the soap as well as the sticker.

BUT you don't want to paint any other side of the soap.

If your preschooler is doing this,
just let them paint away and have fun.

If they go over the sides,
just swipe the extra Mod-Podge away with a paper towel.

If you can, when your preschooler is done, you will want to add a few more coats of Mod-Podge after each coat dries. If you are doing it yourself, just put as many coats on as you can, allowing each coat to dry before adding the next.

The neat thing is, the soap will still clean your hands once the top is covered with Mod-Podge, but as it is used, the top of the soap (with the sticker) will stay where the Mod-Podge is covering it.

This is a fun and simple project.

I hope you have a chance to be creative today!


  1. What a cute project! I would have never thought of using mod podge on soap. :-)

  2. Thanks! It was a fun project for me to revisit. I started thinking making them if I do a gift basket with a theme, and how this could be adapted for that (maybe to put in a welcome basket or teacher basket or...). ;-) ~Lori

  3. I love this idea! Will be making these with my little one!

  4. opps quick question ...how long do you have to wait to use them? when wet it wont turn milky?

  5. Rossyl, In my experience I have just waited until the Mod-Podge is completely dry, and I have never seen it turn milky. Until now it was a few years since I'd made them, but I am currently using my elephant soap at my bathroom sink, without any problems. I will post any issues here. I don't remember ever having any! What I recall is how interesting it was when there was just a 1/2 inch of soap left and it was the part with the sticker. :-) ~Lori

  6. thanks - i cant wait to try it :)

  7. Wow, Lori, I just love this! I am your newest follower - also a crafter who is missing the decorating gene. I am following my lifelong dream of trying to become a writer. Please check my writing out at www.jennieiswriting.blogspot.com.

  8. u should totally enter this contest with this idea......http://www.makiacreations.com/craftcontest

    ecofroggy /rossyl

  9. What a perfect idea!!! Thanks for sharing. Those would also make wonderful adult gift for moms!

  10. Thanks everyone. I will definitely check out your links! Thank you, Keri, hope you have some fun with this idea! I agree, its a great gift idea, you could go with a theme or match to towels or... :) ~Lori

  11. Great tutorial. Love it, thanks for sharing


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