Sizing Your Soap for Shrink Bands – Part 2 10

Putting shrink band around soap

Putting shrink band around soap

Okay, so now we have done the hard part. We have collected our soap and our handy-dandy tape measure. For the sake of simplifying things, we will be assuming that the right and left sides will have the open ends. If you want the open ends to be on the top and bottom, rotate your bar so that top and bottom become right and left. It will make it much easier for you to determine what size band you will need.

Soap Sample Shrink Bands

Shrunk Shrink Band (Boy, that's a mouthful.)

Shrunk Shrink Band (Boy, that’s a mouthful.)

This shrink band can hold a soap up to 2.5″ wide and 5.75″ in circumference. This is perfect for small specialty soaps, travel bars, half bars or sample bars.

Bar Soap Shrink Bands

These shrink bands have been in our catalog for a long time. This band will hold a bar of soap that is up to 3″ wide and 5.75″ in circumference. This size has long been a standard for soaps in the kitchen or bathroom sink.

Dan’s Soap Bar Shrink Bands

Dan’s Bands are just a little bit larger that our Bar Soap Shrink bands. If your soap is just a little longer or fatter around the middle, Dan’s Bands should work for you. Our Dan’s Bands can hold a bar of soap up to 3.4″ wide and 6.75″ in circumference.

Jumbo Bar Shrink Bands

Our Jumbo Bar Shrink Bands are perfect for those giant, man bars. Today we have seen a trend moving to large and even over-sized bars of soap. This band will cover some of the larger bars of soaps we have seen. This band will hold a bar up to 5″ wide and 8″ in circumference. If your soap is larger than this, don’t panic. We’ve got you covered.

Jumbo Decorated Bar Shrink Bands

Perhaps you make large bars of soap with those elaborate decorated tops. Does this mean you have to give up on shrink bands? No! Try our Jumbo Decorated Bands. This will hold bars up to 3.75″ wide and 10″ in circumference. That is one big bar with some pretty lofty peaks! Go ahead. Make those decorated tops. We have a shrink band that will cover your soap and all your special needs.


Remember, if you shrink a band around your soap and you think that there is just too much material on the sides, feel free to trim off the excess. Make sure that your shrink band is doing exactly what  you want! In the mean time, happy soap making and may all of your shrink bands shrink smoothly!


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10 thoughts on “Sizing Your Soap for Shrink Bands – Part 2

  • Jerry Skalky

    I make large bars of soap. The size of the largest bars of soap I have are:
    3 1/2″ long 2 1/2″ wide and 1 1/2″ thick. …the circumference of my bars are 8″ adding up the 2 widths and 2 thicknesses as shown above. The length of my bars are 3 1/2″ long. Some are a little longer.
    I have about 60 bars of soap left to wrap. What size of wrap do I need for the rest of these bars. Do I need the JUMBO shrink bands?…
    Jerry S

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    • Taylor Post author


      I would try either the Jumbo or the Jumbo Decorated shrink bands. These will fit your bars just fine.


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    • Tina

      Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It depends on the hair dryer. You will know if your hair dryer does not get hot enough because there will be bubbles or circle appearances in the shrink film.


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  • Dee Jerome

    The perfect shrink wrap for my soaps measures 3.5″ x 4.0″. Do you carry this size? The 4″ x 4″ does not work nearly as well. Thank you.

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  • Colleen

    Just curious if I could use these bands for my 3″ round bars….I’ve been using saran wrap, but would like something that looks a little nicer.

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  • Darlene


    My bars are 3.25″ L x 3.25″ W and they are 1″ thick. What size bag do you recommend?

    Thank you

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