These adorable, handmade fish-in-a-bag soaps are really fun to make, and best of all, they'll make the kids actually want to take a bath!
While they look easy to make, these novelty soaps are actually a bit tricky to perfect. But luckily, Sarah Lynn from SoCraftastic does an excellent job explaining the process. The tutorial is perfect for beginners since she first goes over some soap-making basics.
It might take you a few tries to get these cute fish-in-a-bag soaps just right, but when you do, you'll have a great gift for kids or an amazing party favor.
Here's what you'll need.
- Clear plastic bag (4 inches wide by 8 inches tall, and at least 1.5 millimeters thick)
- Clear glycerin soap
- Heat-resistant measuring cup
- Double-boiler or microwave
- Rubbing alcohol
- Small spray bottle
- Plastic fish
To make them, follow these steps.
- Open the plastic bag and cuff the top enough so that the bag will stand on its own.
- Place 4 ounces of solid clear glycerin soap in a heat-resistant measuring cup, and melt in a double-boiler or microwave.
- Pour half the melted soap into the bag. Spray with alcohol until bubbles disappear. Allow to cool and harden for about an hour.
- Re-melt remaining soap. Pour a small amount of melted soap on top of cooled soap in bag. Spray with alcohol. Position fish in melted soap, and let set 15 minutes to lock into place.
- Pour the remaining soap over fish. Spray with alcohol. Gather bag above soap and pinch with clothespin. Allow soap to cool for 15 minutes.
- Remove clothespin, and tie with a ribbon threaded with a gift tag.
These are so pretty, you probably won't even want to use them. But to do so, make a small cut in the bag and tear it off of the soap. After enough uses, the fish will fall out, at which point it will make a great bath toy for the little ones!