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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Sunday Favorite Re-run How to do waxed and painted soaps

It's time again for Sunday Favorite Re-runs, a new Meme hosted by Chari over @ happytodesign It is so much fun to go back and re-run some of my favorite post.
This is a repost of a post I did on Jan. 9, 2009 I have posted it on my other blog, but have had several request to repost it.....
Since the Holidays have passed I know a lot of you are looking for something new to craft,
Here are the directions for the way I do my case anyone
else is interested too. This is a recipe that a friend on another
board gave me, she said her mother gave it to her. Thanks Linda....

These make such cute and personal gifts. I have used pictures of my family and friends also used items I had painted, by printing them out and using them.

This is a picture of the Seniors on My Grandson's Baseball team last year. I made each
one of them a soap for their little happy and remembence of the team. The second one is Keifer and his Dad 18 yrs ago. Keifer gave it to his dad for Father's Day this year.

Morgan gave these to her teachers as end of year gifts

This is a print of my art work

Sample of the handpainted soaps
Frist....DO NOT.... use Ivory soap. It has too much lotion in it and
is too soft. Just won't last, (I learned the hard way).. I only use
Pure and Natural.
I use canning wax on the soaps. Clean the bar with alcohol, then dip
the tops, in about 1/4 in. deep hot wax. I use an old shallow skillet for this--
something with low sides, and use a pair of tongs to hold the soap.
when the wax is set, in about 5-6 hours (dries sooner but it is
recommended to let wax sit that long), add coat of Modge Podge, then
add your decal or picture let dry, another coat of Modge Podge, and
finish with another coat of wax.
If using a picture that you print on your printer it is recommended that you spray with a clear sealer and let dry for 3-4 hrs or over night or the modge podge will cause the
ink to bleed. I would print out my pictures, spray them and then do my
dipping that way they are ready at the same time. Be sure to size your print to the size of the soap bar before printing.
I also do my handpainted this way... follow the same steps as if you were going to add prints, but after adding modge podge and letting it dry good, you can start painting on your design, may take a couple of coats of paint, let dry between each coat. I usually paint a solid base coat over whole top of soap then paint design on that....when paint is totally dry coat with modge podge again. Let dry then dip in wax, BUT do not let it stay in wax too long and do not dip more than once or your paint might just melt off.
I usually dip about 12 bars at a time, that way when I need a gift in a hurry I have the prep work done and all I have to do is add art work.
Get the wax at the grocery store. I find it on the isle with the candy
making supplies. Or with the canning supplies.
There is a method of painting soap that doesn't call for wax. I have just
cleaned the soaps good with alcohol and sealed it with clear spray sealer and then
paint your design, when dry, seal again with clear sealer. The wax and modge podge
makes it easier to use if you wanted to.... and protects the paint better.
Place in clear bag and tie with ribbon or string, add gift tag with instuctions on how to use.
Soap is usable if used from the bottom up. Do not leave setting in water. Wet and rub soap on rag. Decal will last till soap is gone.
Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial


  1. Psssst, Molly, I think you forgot to put this post on the Mr. Linky over at Chari's place - - -

  2. This is a great one Molly ... the next generation of Newbies over in Toletown are all gaga over it now LOL

  3. Now how cool is this! Molly... you are one crafty lady! Have a beautiful Sunday and all week long...

    God Bless...

  4. how cool is that! I have never seen this before...what a wonderful idea!

  5. Wow! I am soooo impressed! I would never have thought of such a thing! What a great little gift! Happy Sunday!...Debbie

  6. What a delightful gift idea! Thanks for sharing.

  7. You are one talented lady. I can't even draw a straight line or get two pieces of paper to stick with glue:) Thanks for visiting my watermelon collage today and I love the fact that you use to put your watermelon under the cold water to cool. You were one lucky little girl:) Thanks for sharing your watermelon story with me.

  8. Hi Molly...

    My friend...I just love coming to your always have the best ideas and I'm always so inspired!!! I just love these decorative soaps...and you're right, they would make fabulous gifts!!! Now...if I could only paint like you!!! Hehe! I think I would probably have to stick to using the prints! I have seen these pretty decorative soaps many times and always wondered how they were made! Thank you so much for sharing the instructions...I just love this crafting idea! Just a quick you prefer the soaps with the wax over just modpodging the print onto the soap?

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful crafting project with all of us and joining in with Sunday Favorites this week! I really enjoyed this post!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari sorry that I'm late in coming by. We had our big estate sale this weekend and I was sooo busy!


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