Mother’s Day Gift Idea – DIY Melt & Pour Soap

A tutorial from Honey and Birch for DIY melt and pour soap – perfect for gifts!  It’s much easier to make your own soap than you think

Mother's Day Gift Idea - DIY Soap

Updated: 7/26/14

Hello to everyone coming here from Mashable or Pinterest!  You may be wondering why the pictures all say “Honey B’s and Birch Trees.”  I wrote this post over a year ago and since then I have had a major blog makeover.  Thank you for visiting and check out my recipes if you get a chance!  Now comes the melt & pour soap!

Mother's Day Gift Idea - DIY Soap

If you’re still hunting for a Mother’s Day gift for your mom, grandma, etc. there is still time to make some DIY soap.  Traditional soap making methods take too long; you need to cure (age) the soap before it is safe to use and that takes weeks.  Also, using lye can be dangerous if you’re not careful – you need safety goggles and gloves in case of splashing so you don’t get chemical burns.

Enter the melt & pour soap method.  It can be ready in a few hours and you melt soap that has already cured so it is relatively safe.  You can pick up most of your supplies from the Honey & Birch Melt and Pour Soap Store, at your local craft store and Target (you need a large microwavable container – I use a big glass Pyrex measuring cup.)

Melt and Pour Soap Supplies

  • Melt & Pour Soap base
  • Soap mold
  • Microwavable container with a spout (this is a good one – Anchor Hocking 3-Piece Measuring Cup Set)
  • Wooden stirrers
  • Measuring spoons (do not use your food measuring spoons or measuring cups) (optional)
  • Pipettes (optional)
  • Rubbing alcohol in a misting bottle
  • Colorants
  • Scent
  • Additives

Mother's Day Gift Idea - DIY SoapMother's Day Gift Idea - DIY Soap
For this tutorial, I use liquid colorants but I also like using mica powders.  For scents I used honey and lavender, and for additives I have oats and vanilla bean specks.  I get my supplies from Amazon, Glorybee and a local craft store.

Melt & Pour Soap Directions

1. Take enough soap blocks to fill your mold and put them in your glass container.  This will take a little trial and error – my soap mold is 3 cubes per soap bar so I am using 6 blocks here for 2 bars of soap.  Melt in the microwave in 10 second increments until completely melted.  Be careful not to burn your soap.

2. Once the soap cubes are melted, add your colorant, scent and additives and stir well with your wooden stirrers.  Use your pipettes and measuring scoops to add your ingredients.  Add less at first – you can always add more, but you can’t take it out of your soap without starting over.

Mother's Day Gift Idea - DIY Soap

3. Pour your soap mixture into your mold.  After you’ve poured, spray the tops of your soap with rubbing alcohol to remove the bubbles.

*After this step, I added more oats to the top of my soap for texture.  I wish I hadn’t – they fell off when I was popping the soap out of the tray.

Mother's Day Gift Idea - DIY Soap
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4. Repeat this process, adding the different scent/colorant combinations.Mother's Day Gift Idea - DIY Soap

I did three different varieties of soap.

  1. Gold colorant, honey scent, and oats
  2. Purple colorant, lavender scent and vanilla bean specks
  3. Gold colorant, lavender scent and vanilla bean specks (I didn’t mix the bean specks in all the way because it looked cool all spirally)

Mother's Day Gift Idea - DIY Soap

Your Soap is Done

Now you wait.  You can pop your soap out of the mold as soon as 2 hours but I like to wait overnight.  Wait as long as you need to, or right before you head over to your mom’s house.  Up to you.

Mother's Day Gift Idea - DIY Soap

I found some leftover scrapbook paper from wedding projects and cut some strips to go around my soap bars.  I wrapped them around each bar and used my glue stick to secure them.  Voila! Mother's Day Gift Idea - DIY SoapMother's Day Gift Idea - DIY Soap

Use your imagination when coming up with soap combinations – if you’re giving it to your mom, she will probably love it no matter what because you made it for her.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a Mother’s Day inspired Eight Great, and free printable Mother’s Day cards.

Jenny B



  1. Paula Ball says

    I have an old jar in the bathroom & save soap bits. At the end of the year I melt them down, add some oatmeal, olive oil, honey, whatever I have on hand & let it cure a week or so & give it for gifts.

  2. Laura Brewer says

    WOW Totaly Awesome. This would be good for mothers Day, or Birthdays or any day!! Just as a I love you, Im thinking of you gift also! Good progect for my daughter to learn :)

  3. Ana says

    Just made the soaps and I love the recipe. I saw you have 6 soaps in your mold and you used 3 cubes. My mold was for 4 soaps and I used 4 cups (got it right the second try)

  4. June says

    So essentially you bought soap, and melted it to make soap. I can understand wanting to add your own scents, but seems like an odd process

    • says

      This tutorial is for melt and pour soap – if you’d like some resources for soap from scratch, email me at jennyb at honeyandbirch dot com and I’ll send some your way. That process takes much longer though, and the soap needs to cure for weeks before using. This method only takes a day.

  5. lisa says

    What a nice gift idea. I’ve wondered how involved soap making is. I’m going to try this with different scents to see how it comes out.


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