My inspiration for these soaps come from my early teen memories, and a wonderful shop that moved into our little town. It was called the Quaint Shop and it was filled with old fashioned sticks of candy ~ blueberry, butterscotch, root beer, lemon . . . handmade soap balls, candles, antique dishes, and old fashioned reproductions. I loved wandering through, stopping to smell every scented soap and candle. Back then a small soap ball was $1.00 and I loved buying them for my Momma.I have taken the homemade soap ball idea, enlarged the ball, crocheted pretty colored "ropes" for each one, and created my version of Soap on a Rope to go with my Homemade Wash Cloths.
The best part? These are so easy to make!
DIY SOAP on a ROPE
You will need:
Chemical-free soaps ~ such as scented glycerin soap or artisan soap or your own homemade soap.
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of water
- Grate enough soap to equal 2 cups of shavings.
- To each 2 cups of grated soap, add 2 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoons of distilled water.
- Stir together to distribute water evenly throughout soap shavings.
- Pack soap together forming a hard round ball (like packing a snowball).
- Weigh ball - I made all of mine 5 ounce balls.
- Run skewer through just to the center of soap ball.
- Take knotted end of rope and push into soap using skewer.
- Pack soap tightly around inserted rope.
- Let dry 24 hours.
You know, this is my first Christmas writing a blog and I'm finding the "secret" Christmas presents I'm working on, which are taking up most of my time, can't be posted because most of my family reads this blog.
Feeling very merry and incredibly bright . . . Over at Julie's!!!