Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.

Rosemary Lemon Soap-on-a-Rope {Stars and Bars}

good-clean-fun-preorderSoap-on-a-rope is more than just a catchy rhyme. It’s a decorative way to display soap that also keeps it from getting soft or sitting in a little soap puddle in your shower or bath. These rosemary lemon soap-on-a-rope stars come straight from the garden into the holiday gift-giving season. This project is extra special because it creates two types of soap in one: stars and bars!one soap project that makes soap two ways

Stars and bars? Yes! Two kinds of soap come out of this one project. First, you will cut out soap stars and when that process is finished you’ll add another soap to fill in the holes and create decorative soap bars. Let’s get to it, shall we?rosemary lemon soap-on-a-rope

Rosemary Lemon Soap-on-a-Rope Stars and Bars

Materials

Make it!Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.
Cut up the shea butter soap base into 1-inch cubes and add it to the Pyrex measuring cup.Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.

Melt the soap base in a microwave or in a double boiler so that it is just melted. You want the soap base to melt but not cook. Remove the soap base from the microwave or off the double boiler before it starts to steam. There may be a few chunks left, but that is just fine. Those will melt if you keep stirring the soap base for a few minutes after removing it from the heat.Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.

When the soap base has melted, add in half of your herbs, lemon zest, and essential oils to the soap mix. Reserve the other ingredients.Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.

Pour the soap base into the cookie sheet and move the cookie sheet around quickly so that it fills up the entire space. It should be approximately 1 inch thick. Sprinkle the remaining herbs and lemon zest to the top of the soap. Leave it to set on a level surface. Note: work quickly as this soap will set quickly.Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.

When the soap is dry—in only about a half hour—use the cookie cutter to cut out star shapes.Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.

Make the stars into the soap-on-a-rope by using a screw to create a hole and then tying a piece of cotton twine through the hole. The soap-on-a-rope can now be given as a gift or hung in the shower.Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.

Now, I’ll show you how to make the bars!Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.Melt the glycerin soap base in the microwave or double boiler as you did with the previous batch. Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.Add the remaining essential oils and stir well.Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.Pour the melted soap slowly and evenly over the star cut-out soap in the cookie sheet. The glycerin soap will fill in the stars and add another layer of thickness to the soap.Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.

When the cookie sheet of soap has dried you can use a knife to gently lift the corner of the soap and pull the sheet up. Place the soap on a cutting board and cut out rectangles or squares of soap to create soap bars.Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.These can be used as is, or you can punch a hole in them and hang them from rope just as you did with the stars.Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.

I like the idea of wrapping them up and giving them as stocking stuffers or even tying them to the outside of a present. No matter how you decide to give them, this is a fun project to make any time of year.Two kinds of soap come out of this project: soap stars and bars. Turn the stars into soap-on-a-rope and give them, and the bars, as gifts.

If you are looking for more gift ideas, be sure to check out these two eBooks that are filled with handmade crafts.

 

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Sue LD
    Sue LDNovember 8,16

    How fun with the stars.

  2. Linda Storey
    Linda StoreyNovember 9,16

    I bet these smell yummy!! Thanks!

  3. Kim Wolff
    Kim WolffNovember 10,16

    What a cute idea!

  4. Sharon
    SharonNovember 14,16

    This is awesome, you use all of the leftover wax and don’t waste anything. I had no idea there was a shea butter base for soap making.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseDecember 4,16

      Hi Sharon, yes! Shea butter is lovely in soap! And waste is bad :)

  5. Donna
    DonnaDecember 2,16

    Is there a printable recipe available, please and thank you!

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseDecember 4,16

      Hi Donna, this recipe will be in my new book, Good Clean Fun, where all the recipes are on 1-2 pages, suitable for printing. I haven’t found a good recipe format for the blog because the ones I added are meant for food and don’t have the proper formatting options. You can always select the text and print it that way, but the book will be available in just a few more days and will have a whole collection of recipes!

  6. Ansari
    AnsariDecember 3,16

    Hey Stephanie Rose, You are a super star – your garden therapy is brilliant.

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