Age Range: 7 to 12
Grade Range: 2 to 6
Skill Level: Moderate
Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days
Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics – measuring
Time needed for project:
1 hour plus 40 minutes to harden and cool
By Katie Hacker
Materials for the soap: Materials for the hanger:
Melt and pour glycerin soap base Pepperell Braiding Co. Parachute 325 cord
Green soap dye Chopstick or skewer
Cutting board Scissors
Glass measuring cup
Even though the soap base in this project stays pretty warm rather than hot,
it's best to have adult supervision for soap projects.
For the soap:
1. Start by using a butter knife to slice pieces of soap off of the soap base.
2. Cut some of the pieces in half so they aren't all exactly the same size.
3. Layer the soap slices into a mold.
4. Microwave a few chunks of soap base for about 30 seconds. Gently stir soap
dye into the base, adding small drops until you reach the color you like.
5. Pour the soap base over the piles of soap slices, being careful to get some
warm soap on all of the slices to help them stick together.
6. Let the soap cool completely. You can place it in the refrigerator to speed up
the cooling process.
To add a hanger:
7. Use a chopstick or stylus to poke a hole near the top of the soap.
8. Cut two 24” lengths of Parachute 325 cord. Hold the cords together as one and center them inside the hole.
9. Begin the box braid: Fold two vertical strands in opposite directions across the
top of the soap. From one side, weave one strand over and under the vertical
strands. Repeat for the other side strand.
10. Repeat the stitching pattern for as long as you want to make the decorative
box braid. Tie the ends in an overhand knot to complete the hanger.
*If you don't have any soap molds, there are other things you can use. Ice cube
trays or yogurt cups make interesting shapes, especially if you aren't planning to
add a hanger.
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