Melt and Pour Soap Supplies and Resource Guide

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If you are getting started with melt and pour soap (or are searching out the best supplies for soap-making projects), you have come to the right place! This comprehensive guide covers the melt and pour soap supplies you will need to make fantastic soap projects. Specifically, the projects in the book . This resource guide lists all of the melt and pour soap supplies that were used in the book, along with some other fun materials that would make even more lovely projects.

Melt and Pour Soap Making Resource and Supplies Guide

If you don?t yet have a copy of Good Clean Fun, what are you waiting for?! It?s a whole lot of inspiration and ideas for making perfect looking melt and pour soap projects with ease. and !

Melt and Pour Soap Supplies and Resource Guide

Melt and Pour Soap Base

There are a wide variety of soap bases, some scented, some unscented, some clear, some white, but they can all be split into two main categories: opaque and clear.

Opaque soap bases will give you solid-colored soaps that are not translucent. The base will be white or off-white. Here are some good opaque bases:

  • (shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter)

Clear soap bases are translucent. Clear soap bases are best to use for projects that add decorative imbeds that you want to be able to see through the soap. To get a truly clear soap, there are not many options without chemicals. There is an option for SLES & SLS free soap which can be used in the recipes calling for clear soap base. Here are some clear bases:

Color

Here is a list of natural pigments to try:

  • Green ?,
  • Golden yellow ?
  • Yellow ?
  • Orange (yellowish) ?
  • Orange (reddish) ?
  • Pink ?
  • Purple ?
  • Brown ?

And here are some soap dyes

  • Soap Making Set ?
  • Solid soap dye ? 

Essential Oils

The best way to get started with essential oils is to purchase a starter pack and start using them. You will quickly learn which scents you love and which you don?t.

More Essential Oils:

Isopropyl Alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol is very handy to have when making melt and pour soap. Keep some in a small spray-top bottle while making soap projects as it will be noted in some of the recipes.

Botanicals

You can choose botanicals from your garden or pick up some online.

  • Cornflowers, Jasmine, Pink Rose Bud & Petals, Chamomile, Marigold, Lavender

Equipment

To start making melt and pour soap projects, you will need a few pieces of equipment. Many of these are commonly available in your kitchen. The other, more specialized equipment can be easy to find in craft stores and online.

Soap Molds

You can use any silicone or hard mold you like for melt and pour soap. Here are some that are used in the book and a few others I love:

Metal molds such as cupcake and cake pans as well as hard plastic soap and candy molds can also be used but they can be difficult to remove the soap from. Tip: Shrink soap by placing it in the freezer and it will release from the mold more easily.

Soap Making Accessories

There is a DIY Soap Cutting Guide Box in the Projects chapters of Good Clean Fun. If you would like to purchase one instead you can look at these:

Soap Stamps / Embossing

Soap stamps and rubber embossing plates can add a lot of personality to the projects. I love these ones:

That?s it! Whew! With all of these supplies, you are sure to have some in your future. Have fun out there.

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Add a touch of rustic coziness to any space with this DIY Christmas candle centerpiece. This can be created with foraged natural materials for an affordable homegrown project. 

Christmas Candle Centerpiece

A rustic and natural Christmas candle centerpiece planter can be used as table decor, fireplace mantle, or even outdoors on the porch. This is a wonderful holiday decor project using my favorite decorating material: fresh-cut greenery from the garden.

The Best Greenery for Crafting

Many of the shrubs and trees in your garden that have evergreen leaves can be brought indoors for the holidays. You can see a comprehensive list of the best .

I love working with greenery because it doesn?t need any special care like watering or misting, and when the holidays are over you can simply toss them in the compost.

A rustic and natural Christmas candle centerpiece planter can be used as table decor, fireplace mantle, or even outdoors on the porch. See the DIY.
Paring candles and garden greenery makes for elegant yet natural entertaining decor. I have made one in the spring as you can see with this . I have made one in the summer with a . For , this candle display in a wood liquor box makes a perfect centerpiece to celebrate the season.

A rustic and natural Christmas candle centerpiece planter can be used as table decor, fireplace mantle, or even outdoors on the porch. See the DIY.

How to Make a Rustic and Natural Christmas Candle Centerpiece

Here are the steps to making your very own rustic and natural Christmas candle centerpiece from the garden (and, in this case, your Christmas tree!).

Materials

  • Small
  • (or or )

Make it!

Head out to the garden with your pruners and cut some greenery. Read this article on before you go, to brush up on what and how to cut the greenery.foraged greenery for a centerpiece

Fit some dry craft foam into a wood box. You do not need wet florist?s foam that holds moisture for flower arrangements. The stems do not need water; the foam is simply to keep it all in place. You can also glue the craft foam to the wood box if you would like. I didn?t find it necessary as the arrangement holds in place perfectly once it is finished.

Set the taper candles into the craft foam, equally spaced apart.putting together a rustic Christmas candle centerpiece

Next, start designing the planter with cascading, needle-leaf greenery around the edges (I used Fraser fir trimming from my Christmas tree) and colorful broad-leaf evergreens and berries in the center (I used Portuguese laurel and holly).fresh greenery around a candle centerpiece for christmas

Check the arrangement to be sure that it looks good from all angles, especially if it is going to be used on a table where the guests will surround it.side view of a beautiful rustic Christmas candle centerpiece

Light the candles and enjoy the ambiance!Lit candle centerpiece in a wood box with fresh greenery

A Note About Candles and Greenery

This candle planter, if not used with common sense, could be a fire hazard. Please do not leave the candles burning unattended near greenery or wood. You could certainly enjoy this planter without lighting the taper candles. You could replace the candles with electric candles, or even candles contained in glass jars. I only plan to light the candles while sitting at the table where I can closely monitor them. When they burn down, I will blow them out. christmas candles blown out

Please use your common sense when using candles. I don?t think that every project should have to show electric candles for safety reasons on a blog and we do not take any responsibility for how the projects are used at home. Be smart, my friends, and you can enjoy the warm glow of candles and fresh greenery for Christmas!

More Christmas Crafting Ideas:

A rustic and natural Christmas candle centerpiece planter can be used as table decor, fireplace mantle, or even outdoors on the porch. See the DIY.

DIY Rustic Christmas Candle Centerpiece

Forage greenery from your backyard and make this lovely rustic centerpiece for the holidays.

Supplies

  • (or )

Instructions

  • Cut a chunk of floral foam to fit in your wooden box. If necessary, you can glue it in place.
  • Add the candles into the foam, equal distances apart.
  • Layer in greenery around the candles. Make sure to press the stems firmly into the foam. Place cascading greenery on the outer edge, and shorter greenery on the inside.
  • Light the candles and enjoy!

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If you live in an area that gets distinctive seasons, a garden fountain is a lovely feature in the spring, summer, and fall garden. And let?s not forget the winter! Your fountain is likely in a prominent location of your garden so that you can enjoy it all year round. In the winter, when the snow falls and the temperature drops, it can still be a feature, but in a different way. After you do some basic winter fountain care tasks, then it?s time to use the garden to decorate it up with greenery, lights, and ornaments.Winter Decorating outdoor Water Features

Winter Fountain Care

I have two fountains in my garden, a disappearing fountain in my front yard secret garden as well as a lion?s head wall fountain on my garden studio. Admittedly, the cold weather appeared suddenly this year so the fountains were still running when I had to quickly remove the pumps and prepare them for winter.

Learn how to do some basic winter fountain care tasks, then use the garden to decorate it up with greenery from the garden, lights, and ornaments.

Winter Decorating

In the summer, I add floating pond plants to our lion?s head fountain along with some floating ceramic fish and a rock for the birds and bees to perch on. Once it was cleaned out and empty it looked a bit sad so I took ten minutes to spruce it up with some freshly cut greenery from around the garden.

Materials

  • Crumpled paper
  • Various

Usually when I do a winter container arrangement, I add soil to the pot to hold the branches in place. I didn?t want to add soil to this heavy, iron fountain and then have the task of cleaning it out in the spring. Instead, I added some crumpled paper that was awaiting it?s time in the . The paper served as a bulk in the the fountain basin and gripped the branches well.

The next step was to add the greenery. Read about .plant a fountain for winter

I started with California Lilac and Mahonia as the fillers, branches from my Fraser Fir Christmas tree, and various needle-leaf branches as the spillers, and some LED branches as the thriller. (You can read more about .) I added a few large sugar pine cones simply by setting them on the bed of greenery and I think that the final display is quite pretty.Learn how to do some basic winter fountain care tasks, then use the garden to decorate it up with greenery from the garden, lights, and ornaments.

I love the LED light branches here because the stairs walking down to the studio are quite dark and it can be hard to see when I am walking the pathway as early as 4:30 PM! Attaching a timer to the lights means that they will come on at 4:00 PM and stay on until 11:00 PM.

More Festive Fountains

Here are a few other ideas for winter planted fountains that might give you some inspiration for decorating this year.Learn how to do some basic winter fountain care tasks, then use the garden to decorate it up with greenery from the garden, lights, and ornaments.

This 5-foot-tall fountain is indoors at a garden center, filled with sand, reindeer moss, sparkling glass ornaments, and succulents. I?m blown away by the beauty!Learn how to do some basic winter fountain care tasks, then use the garden to decorate it up with greenery from the garden, lights, and ornaments.

There are many more beautiful planted fountains and birdbaths out there, and whenever I see one I add it to my .

 

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