Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and travels. She spends her weekends doing papercraft models and painting.
How to Create Country-Style Soap
Handmade crafts where you decorated soaps with colorful ribbons and flowers used to be very popular. In the 1970s, many decorated soaps could be found in craft markets, flea markets, and school fetes. People liked to buy them to put around their homes. The long-lasting fragrance also makes this craft appealing to create.
Apart from my own collection of handicraft soaps, I have not seen a similar piece of decorated soap in the craft markets for a very long time. Most people must have forgotten about this amazing piece of handicraft work. It is time to bring back this country-style handicraft and show it to those who have not seen it before!
What You'll Need
- One Bar of Soap. Choose a soap with a nice fragrance.
- Craft Pins. The pins need to have big pinheads.
- Ribbons. I suggest having two different colors, I will be using white and purple ribbons to decorate the soap to be shown on this page.
- Scissors. You need these to cut the ribbons.
- Needle and Thread. Use these to fasten the ribbons.
- Craft flowers. These are for decoration.
- Glue Gun. Use this to hold things in place.
How To Decorate The Soap
1. Insert the Pins
Insert the pins equally spaced from each other on the top of the soap. Follow its overall shape; I usually arrange the pins in an oval shape, which is generally the shape of most soaps. Do the same with the bottom of the soap.
2. Wrap the Soap With Ribbons
Take the white ribbon and secure it to the top of the soap with one of the pins. Start wrapping the soap by holding the ribbon down towards the bottom of the soap. Wrap the ribbon around the bottom pin and bring the ribbon up to the next pin on the top. Wrap the ribbon around the pin and repeat the wrapping process until the sides of the soap are covered with the ribbon. Fasten the loose end of the ribbon by stitching it around a pin with a needle and thread. Trim off any excess ribbon.
3. Decorate the Top and Bottom
Take the purple ribbon and pin it to the top the soap. Wrap the ribbon around the nearest pin, followed by the next pin and so on. Continue wrapping the pins until every pin has been wrapped. Then, continue with another round of wrapping the pins on the top so that there are two layers of the ribbon on the pins. Finish off by stitching up the ribbon and trimming off the excess.
4. Push the Pins
Gently push the pins into the soap so that only the pinheads can be seen. Wrap the pins on the bottom of the soap in the same manner.
5. Decorate the Side
To decorate the side of the soap, insert pins around the perimeter of the soap that is covered with ribbon. Wrap the purple ribbon around the pins in the same way as the top and bottom. This time, the ribbon will go around the soap three times wrapping the pins. Finish off by stitching up the loose end of the ribbon. Push the pins into the soap in the same way as before.
6. Finish the Decorations
Decorate the top of the soap with some craft flowers. Use a glue gun to attach the flowers to the soap.
And you're done! Put a decorated soap in each room and enjoy the fresh fragrance in your house. These beautiful country-style soap decorations also make great gifts for family and friends.
© 2011 lady rain
thusnelde on September 11, 2018:
craftybegonia from Southwestern, United States on July 26, 2014:
That is very cute. Would make wonderful gifts!
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on May 15, 2014:
These are really cute. I love the idea of making these decorative soaps as gifts and for the fun of it. Your pictures and instructions were great.
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 15, 2014:
I think I remember seeing these. Very nice old craft! You could use scented soaps to smell good. Pinning this!
RTalloni on May 15, 2014:
I've not seen these in the past but they definitely have that retro look about them that can be such fun to use in decorating. Thanks for the instructions!
Marina on October 12, 2013:
I make soap baskets to, my grandma used to do them
lady rain (author) from Australia on January 17, 2013:
moonlake, I used to receive handmade gifts like these when I was little and they were so special to me during those days when we don't get many presents. Thank you for your kind comment :)
moonlake from America on January 17, 2013:
I have never seen these before. There are many things I think we use to see in craft markets that we don't see now.
Very nice voted up.
lady rain (author) from Australia on January 17, 2013:
pstraubie48, if you show this hub to your friends, maybe one of them might make a couple of these for you :) Thank you for leaving a comment here and pinning, and the Angels. Sending the Angels to you, too.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 16, 2013:
How lovely these are. I would love it if someone took the time to make me one. The directions and pictures are very helpful. Pinned. thanks for sharing..
Sending Angels your way :) ps
lady rain (author) from Australia on June 15, 2012:
vox vocis, great to hear from you again. I have made "basket-0f-flowers" soaps many years ago when I first learnt how to make them. I have tried making different designs and kind of liked this one I have in my hub. It would be nice to see those little baskets again and I can't wait to read about them in your hub. I am sure they are beautiful!
Jasmine on June 15, 2012:
I finally made the soap basket as my grandma used to do it - my mother-in-law taught me, and the design is pretty much the same as yours. The difference is that they used paper ribbons and made the soap look like a basket. I took some photos of the design and hope to write a hub about it soon :)
lady rain (author) from Australia on May 24, 2012:
vox vocis, I am looking forward to seeing those designs, thanks!
Jasmine on May 23, 2012:
I'll try and if I succeed, I'll be happy to share my grandma's design with you :)
lady rain (author) from Australia on May 20, 2012:
vox vocis, these soap decorations are my own designs. If you can remember how your grandma's soap decorations looked like, maybe you can try to decorate the soaps similar to your grandma's designs. It would be great too if you can share those designs in your hubs.
Jasmine on May 20, 2012:
I'm so happy to have found this hub because I've been wondering how to make these soap decorations for a long time now. My grandma used to make them, but unfortunately she is no longer with us to show me how it's done. Her soap decorations were somewhat different, but yours are lovely, too. I must give this a try :)
lady rain (author) from Australia on November 04, 2011:
randomcreative, you are absolutely right. You can have different themes for each project and customize them for different occasions if you are making them as gift items.
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 04, 2011:
How fun! There are so many ways to customize this project with different colors and embellishments.