We Love creating our own Valentines. DIY Valentines make the holiday even more special. This year I got my inspiration from a friend who recently launched a soap making business. Concurrently, L received a small soap making kit in his Tinker Crate subscription, and he was totally into it. All we needed was a clever tagline and it took L all of 30 seconds to come up with one. “Valentine, I need to come ‘clean’, I’m crazy about you!” Alternately, you could use “Valentine, It’s no ‘soaprise’, I think you’re great!”
We bought our supplies at Michael’s, but if you prefer shopping from home, I’ve included links to all of the needed materials.
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Materials for Your Clever DIY Valentines
- 2-Pound, Clear Glycerin Soap Base
- Scents Soap Making (we chose vanilla/lavender)
- Soap Making Colors (we bought a kit of three colors)
- Heart Shaped Silicone Soap Mold
- If you prefer, you can buy a Soap Making Kit to replace the four items above.
- Glue Dots
- Valentine Template or your own hearts/Valentine
- Microwavable container
- Cutting board and knife
- Craft Sticks or wooden skewers for stirring
- A dash of fine Glitter
- Optional: Paper Gift Handle Bags
- Valentine’s Day Ribbon
- Jumbo Heart Craft Hole Punch
Instructions on How to Make Your Clever DIY Valentines
- The first step is chopping up the soap into small pieces then melting a few pieces at a time. Microwave until all of the soap is melted (between 40 seconds to a minute for us).
- Add a couple drops of your chosen scent and colorant then stir with the crafts sticks.
- Pour into the mold and let sit for about 40 minutes.
- L’s idea- Add glitter if you choose to. Remember, glitter is a choice.
- Once the soap has set it will easily come out of the molds.
- Print out our Valentine Soap Templates or make your own. Then have the kids cut out the hearts and add decoration as desired.
- We packaged ours in tiny paper bags but I’m sure there are a million ways to approach packaging.
- We had some leftover ribbon from last year, so we tied a little piece to each bag to dress it up.
- We printed our sentiment on plain paper and used a heart-shaped hole puncher to cut it out then glued it (glue dots) to the paper bag.
This was super fun and an easy project to make with my kiddo. I hope you have fun with it, too, and if you have any questions please leave them in the comment section below.