I’ve been a busy bee over the last few weeks, ordering paper samples for the invitations, sourcing cupcake wrappers, favour boxes, ribbons, buttons, all sorts of pretty bits and pieces for the next few DIY make offs! Time is quickly ticking away so I thought I’d better get started on my next project, sooner rather than later as my major stationary marathon is getting closer and closer and I need total concentration for that one!
Ever since last Christmas whilst watching Kristy’s homemade Christmas, I knew exactly what I wanted my favours to be- mini cupcake soaps! Whilst watching the show I saw Kristy making soap from scratch and thought the things she made were so beautiful I had to try it, the only thing that slightly put me off was some of the scary chemicals required to make soap from scratch and the thought that I might poison or burn someone with my beautiful innocent favours.
After a quick search on the internet I found you could buy readymade soap base which was completely safe, even for me to use.
So here is how I made my favour:
– large glass microwavable bowl
– wooden spoon ( preferably one you won’t be cooking with again)
– a syringe without a needle or pipette
– your favourite essential oil
– silicone moulds in your desired shape
– dried flowers for decoration
– melt and pour soap base
– cling film
I used 1kg of melt and pour soap base, which I bought from Ebay, this was enough for 50 of my mini cupcake soaps. I cut the large block of soap base into smaller cubes and placed in my glass bowl. I then covered the bowl with cling film and placed in the microwave. I heated the soap on full power for 2 minutes, taking out and stirring every 30 seconds until it was completely melted and all the lumps were gone.
Next I added my essential oil. I chose my favourite scent, gardenia, one of the main notes in my favourite perfume. I put about 8% oil to soap, but this may change depending on the strength and quality of the oil, usually the oil bottle will advise how much to add. I now laid out my silicone moulds on a tray. Next using a syringe I gently poured the mixture into my moulds, taking care not to let any bubbles appear as they don’t go away when the soap hardens. I only filled each mould about 2/3 of the way to the top as I realised my flower decorations would not float, so I had to create a base for them to sit on.
I put my 1/2 filled moulds into the fridge to speed up the hardening process. They were quite small so they only took about 15 minutes to become solid. I reheated and melted my soap mixture again, and filled the moulds to the top, gently placing my dried roses on the top for decoration. I got my flowers from a Chinese tea shop but you can easily find other types on Ebay. They then went back in the fridge for the final time.
Once solid, I gently removed them from the silicone cases, this was really easy, they just popped out without any trouble. I had to repeat the whole process about 4 times as I only had 12 silicone cases, however I had a really nice afternoon doing it and my house smelled divine for days!
Now that job is done, my mind is focusing again on my stationery epic that’s about to begin! One of the things I’ve been thinking hard about is the wording for the inside, in particular about gifts. JP and I are not at the stage yet where we are lusting after Le Cruset casserole dishes so we really don’t want things for our house. We have decided instead to go for a honeymoon gift list as we want this holiday to be the most amazing experience of our lives and we hope people understand this.
After some internet searching we decided to opt for senduspacking.com, not only because I thought the name was excellent, but because it seemed like the safest option, as the money is paid directly into your PayPal account and you’re not left with vouchers or worrying the company your money is with is going to go bust.
So that brings me to you ladies, I know you are a creative bunch , not to mention a gold mine of information so do any of you have any ideas on good ways to word, no household gifts or vouchers please? I like the idea of some sort of poem or limerick or something a bit funny, just don’t really know where to look.
Looking forward to all our suggestions!