Sometimes homemade gifts get a bad rap. Think of macaroni noodle
necklaces or popsicle stick Christmas trees that were made with
lots of love, but go straight into a drawer or memento box never to
be seen again. But these homemade soaps make thoughtful and
practical holiday gifts-ones kids proudly can say they helped
The traditional soap-making process uses fats, water and lye (a
dangerous chemical). When working with kids, use the safer and
easier melt-and-pour method instead.
- Work together with your child to cut about 8 ounces of the soap
base into small pieces.
- Melt the pieces in a double boiler over low heat or in the
microwave in a heat-proof bowl. If you are using a microwave, heat
the base on a medium power in 30-second time intervals. Stir
frequently. Supervise children closely because the base will get
- Allow the melted soap to cool slightly.
- Add in the essential oil scent of your choice and pour the
mixture into the mold. Allow the soap to sit overnight and set in
the molds. Carefully remove the soaps from the molds.
- Package two hand soaps together in a small plastic bag tied
with a pretty ribbon and include a note to the recipient.