Tuesday, May 19, 2015

She Held Up A Bag With A Little Fish In It...But Not All Is What It Seems


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.



(source SoCraftastic)
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
  • Clothespin
  • Ribbon
To make them, follow these steps.
  1. Open the plastic bag and cuff the top enough so that the bag will stand on its own.
  2. Place 4 ounces of solid clear glycerin soap in a heat-resistant measuring cup, and melt in a double-boiler or microwave.
  3. Pour half the melted soap into the bag. Spray with alcohol until bubbles disappear. Allow to cool and harden for about an hour.
  4. 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.
  5. Pour the remaining soap over fish. Spray with alcohol. Gather bag above soap and pinch with clothespin. Allow soap to cool for 15 minutes.
  6. 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!
(source Martha Stewart)