On Friday I promised I would show you how to make soap petals. What are soap petals? Soap petals are silk flower petals dipped in scented melt and pour soap to make a one-time-use soap. There are two different methods for making soap petals that I will show today.Collect needed supplies for making soap petals.
Supplies for both methods:
Silk Flower Petals
Transparent Melt & Pour Soap
Container for melting soap and dipping petals (It is okay to have more than one container)
Fragrance Oil of your choice (I will be using Wedding Blossoms Fragrance Oil.)
Old newspaper, parchment or waxed paper to collect any possible drips of soap.
Metal Cooling Racks or Baking Sheets lined with parchment
Supplies for the second method:
Tray for dipping petals
Place to hang cooling petals
Drop several silk petals into the melted soap and stir until the petals are completely coated with the soap. Using the tweezers pull the petals out of the soap and gently shake them to allow excess soap to fall off your soap petal. Place on the cooling rack or baking sheet and allow to cool. Repeat until all petals have been removed from the melted soap. Add more petals to the soap and repeat until the melted soap is gone or you need to reheat the soap again. Second Method:
Thread the needle with doubled thread for strength and stability while dipping the silk petals. Thread the petals onto the needle and thread. Leave adequate spacing for the petals to cool without sticking to each other. Once the petals have been threaded onto the thread, remove the needle from the thread. Make sure you have left enough room on the thread to hang the thread on place you have designated for hanging the threaded petals. Once the petals have been threaded, dip the petals into the melted soap in the tray. If your tray is not big enough for you to dip all of the petals at once, dip all sections of petals until all petals are coated. Hang the thread horizontally to allow the petals to cool. Repeat with other strings. Once the petals have cooled, remove them from the thread. It doesn’t matter what method of dipping petals you used, you have now reached the same point. The soap petals are completely cooled and ready to be packaged. How would you package them? There are so many different options, so here are just a few.
1) Package in a clear gusseted bag and tie with ribbon or raffia.
2) Place in a small shallow glass dish or basket and shrink film the basket.
3) Fill a small jar with petals for traveling.
We also decided to make red petals and we scented one pound of Transparent Melt & Pour Soap and for a moderate scent level, we added 7 mL of Endless Love Fragrance Oil. However, the red petals would bleed excess dye every time we dipped them.
I really like the idea of your soap petals! I had never thought or seen this before. I was wondering though, do you think using other kind of fabric would work well too?
I think another kind of fabric would work well.