Thursday, September 16, 2010

Make Like a Tree and Leaf

I’ve been itching to try these One-Time-Use soap leaves for the longest time. I just whipped them up this morning. Really. Just made them. Super easy. Although, no one has to know exactly how easy they really are. You don't have to soap and tell!

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ONE: Download this PDF file of leaves. Print them on any type of color printer onto Water Soluble Paper. Then cut the images out with scissors. Leave a little piece of the white to use as a handle when we’re dipping the leaves.

Hint: Remember that leaves are not perfect and often misshaped so don’t spend too much time cutting around every nook and cranny. 
TWO: Tear off a strip of wax paper or butcher paper and tape it to a hard surface, shiny side up. This is going to be our drying rack.
THREE: Melt 2-3 ounces of clear soap base and mix in your fragrance oil of choice (I chose Orange Spice for Fall- refreshing, spicy and delicious).

FOUR: Hold a paper leaf by the “handle” and dip the entire leaf into the melted soap base. Then place the soaked leaf on your wax paper to let dry.
FIVE: Once the leaves are cool, peel them off by the handle. Use your scissors to snip off the handle and trim up the edges with a craft knife or your fingers. Some leaves might have a little extra soap on the edges while others will look perfect!

SIX: Put the leaves in a little bowl by the bathroom sink. Each guest will have their own individual soap to use!

Hand Washing Advice from the Soap Queen: Experts say that you should keep a good lather for about 30 seconds or as long as it takes you to sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. These leafy soaps will last for the perfect (and recommended) amount of hand washing time.