Soapmaking Techniques – Cookie Cutter Soaps

The wonderful thing about crafting is being able to create your own unique products using your imagination.

One thing I especially love about crafting is finding ways to recycle and use products that normally might be thrown away, such as molds for soaps and candles.

I also love finding ways to use things I already have on hand around the garage or kitchen. You can make a lot of different styles of soap using cookie cutters. You can use those available in your kitchen, or search for unique cutters at yard sales and old time five and ten cent stores. If you are really creative, you can even make your own cookie cutters.

In this article, we will be discussing how to make cookie cutter soaps using melt and pour soap bases.

Here is what you will need:

  • Some white and clear soap base
  • Soap safe fragrance of choice
  • Soap safe colorant dye
  • Baking sheet (requires rimmed sheet, not flat)
  • Cookie Cutters of choice
  • Knife, fork
  • Non stick cooking spray (unflavored)

Steps to make your soap:

  1. Melt your white soap base in the microwave; I use a glass Pyrex measuring cup.
  2. Add your fragrance scent to the melted soap base and stir to mix thoroughly.
  3. Lightly spray cookie sheet with non stick spray.
  4. Pour melted soap base into sheet, filling about halfway to top rim.
  5. Allow soap to cool a little, leaving it warm to the touch.
  6. Cut out small shapes with a cookie cutter, such as a heart, clover, circle, whatever you choose. We cut out hearts for Valentine Soap.
  7. Remove the cut shapes with a knife and set aside.
  8. Use a fork to “score” the soap in the cookie sheet. This will make the next layer adhere better.
  9. Melt clear soap base and add dye or colorant and fragrance. We used red as we made Valentine Soap.
  10. Pour on top of the previously poured white base, filling all cutouts and almost to the top rim of baking sheet.
  11. Allow soap to cool again until warm to the touch, slightly cooler than before on first pour.
  12. Using a larger cookie cutter (we used a larger heart than the first one), cut out soaps.
  13. You can also mix and match shapes, cutting out several different soaps using a variety of cookie cutters.
  14. If you prefer, you can cut the soap into bars instead of shapes.
  15. When soap is completely cooled, remove the bars or shapes from the pan.
  16. You can use the soap immediately, no need to cure.

Melt and pour soaps are fun to make with kids. They enjoy getting to use their own homemade soap afterwards. Be sure to supervise them at all times.

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