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Upcycled honey and pears soap is a great way to try out soap making at home without having to invest in lots of supplies

 

Homemade soap is great fun, and makes a lovely little gift. However, its really easy to end up spending a fortune, buying bits and pieces for craft projects; this tutorial will show you how you can try out soap making at home with just a couple of items from the supermarket - you may even have them in your cupboard at home already!

Note: For this project you need to use a glycerin translucent soap, such as Pears or Neutrogena. It does not work with the opaque lotion based ones - I know I've tried!

Upcycled honey and pears soap is a great way to try out soap making at home without having to invest in lots of supplies

 

 

 

We used 2 bars of Pears soap, honey, bubble-wrap, a flexible mould (you can use anything as long as it has a bit of flex to help remove the soap), a microwavable jug and a spoon.

 

 

Chop up your soap and place in a microwavable jug.

Heat in microwave for 20 sec at a time. Check on progress after each blast.

Upcycled honey and pears soap is a great way to try out soap making at home without having to invest in lots of supplies

Upcycled honey and pears soap is a great way to try out soap making at home without having to invest in lots of supplies

 

 This shows the soap half melted after 40 secs. Remember the soap will be hot!

If you feel the need to stir your soap, do so carefully - you don't want to introduce any bubbles.

 

 

Once melted, add your honey (I used about a tablespoon) and stir carefully until combined.

Upcycled honey and pears soap is a great way to try out soap making at home without having to invest in lots of supplies

Upcycled honey and pears soap is a great way to try out soap making at home without having to invest in lots of supplies

 

 

Immediately pour into your moulds. The soap will start to harden quickly, so don't hang about!

 

 

Place bubble-wrap over the soap, and press gently to ensure it is in contact with it.

Upcycled honey and pears soap is a great way to try out soap making at home without having to invest in lots of supplies

Upcycled honey and pears soap is a great way to try out soap making at home without having to invest in lots of supplies

 

 

Leave to cool and set for an hour or so. Remove from the mould and admire!

This is a great way to try out soap-making at home, without having to invest in lots of supplies. For more up-cycled craft ideas, why not check out our Marbling bottles with nail polish tutorial, or our Turning stains into dyes post.

Upcycled honey and pears soap is a great way to try out soap making at home without having to invest in lots of supplies

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8 Comments

  • Reply Jenny Eaves

    It looks great! I love the idea of using bubble wrap for the indentations too, makes it look very professional and a perfect gift. It would look excellent in a Christmas hamper too. Thank you for sharing and linking up to #howtosunday :) x
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    December 9, 2015 at 8:55 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I love the bubble wrap effect too. We’ve made honey soap with melt and pour soap as well which was lovely but it didn’t have the amazing colour that the pears soap gives this one.

      December 10, 2015 at 10:56 pm
  • Reply Robyn

    This looks really fun and easy. I love to give and receive soaps as gifts, and I especially love honey scented soaps so I’m really keen to give this a go :) #howtosunday
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    December 7, 2015 at 9:07 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s a great way to dip your toe into soap making – and really is simple :)

      December 7, 2015 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Training Mummy

    hat a great idea, just a pity we never have this type of soap lying about :( #howtosunday
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    December 6, 2015 at 10:06 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Sadly it only works with some of the ‘clear’ glycerin based soaps – I did try with lots of different brands and the results weren’t pleasant!

      December 7, 2015 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Sara at Handy Herbs

    That looks like a lovely idea and as you say, perfect for a gift, particularly at this time of year. I am surprised how easy it is! Thanks for sharing #HowToSundays
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    December 6, 2015 at 10:47 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s a great way to try your hand and making soap without having to buy loads of bits and pieces :)

      December 6, 2015 at 9:37 pm

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