One of the hardest parts about making soap for me isn’t formulating or mixing or even swirling. It is packaging. There is a mind boggling amount of packaging available for soap. You can use shrink bands, cigar bands, boxes, bags and more! You can even leave your soaps “naked”. Today I wanted to share a fun way to package your soaps. It is especially great for the upcoming holidays. Red, green and gold anyone?
What actually inspired this packaging was caramels. Every year, the women of my family gather in someone’s kitchen and we make caramels. Not the pre-made type that you melt down or cut. No, we make caramels from cream and sugar and butter. The kind of caramels that your grandmother remembers with a wistful smile.
After we have stood over the hot stove stirring till each of our arms has given out, we pour the caramel onto my mother’s marble block so that it may cool. Once the caramel has cooled, we slice that huge slab into bite sized pieces and we wrap it in little twists of paper. They remind me a little of salt water taffy when we are done. They are beautiful and a much coveted treat during the holidays. Come join me as we wrap another welcome gift, soap!
For this project you will need your finished soap cut into bars, tissue paper, tape and ribbon. Let’s get started!
Lay your tissue paper out flat, short end toward you. Place your soap in the center, closer to the top. Wrap the top of the tissue paper toward yourself and roll the soap until you reach the bottom of the tissue paper. Secure with a small piece of tape.
Crinkle the excess paper that is right next to the bar. This allows you to tie a ribbon around this section with relative ease. Tie a ribbon around the section of tissue paper that your crinkled. Repeat on the other side. You are done and ready to present your soap!
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Another option is to use “bakery paper” which is light weight, dry wax paper that comes in a box of 1000 sheets. Look for “Tissue Pac” at the grocery store. I cut my normal 4-5 oz bars in half to make guest-size bars and wrap them like you would a present, making sure the overlap runs across the center from end to end. Then I use a rectangle label to hide the seam. Optional: Add a grosgrain or raffia ribbon.
Oooh, I love these…such perfect holiday packaging. Alas, my caramels never make it into packaging. :O
I so hear you. Everyone comes by just as caramels are cut but not yet wrapped. Egads!