DIY doughnut-shaped soap is good, clean fun for kids

Oct 6, 2015 at 1:00 a.m. ET
Image: Michelle Maffei

Crafts for kids can keep them busy, but when you help them create DIY soap their creations are useful long after the fun of the activity has passed. Learn how to make DIY doughnut-shaped soap that smells like it came straight from the doughnut shop.

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  • Melt and pour soap
  • Microwave-safe measuring cup
  • Microwave
  • Silicone mold
  • Essential oils (optional)
  • Cocoa powder (optional)
  • Food coloring

Donut soap | - supplies


Step 1

Donut soap | - step 1

First, separate your desired amount of melt and pour soap cubes from the bar and place them into your Pyrex measuring cup. This particular doughnut mold used 3 1/2 cubes. You can use chopped up chunks of regular bar soap if you'd like, but you have to add water to it and watch it while it melts — it smells awful when it burns in the microwave.

Step 2

Donut soap | - step 2

Then, place the measuring cup into the microwave and heat for 30 seconds until all of the chunks have melted and your soap is smooth. You can heat the soap at additional 10-second increments if necessary. You will want to supervise this part to avoid your youngster being burned.

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Step 3

Donut soap | - step 3

Now add in your fragrance, if desired, to your melted DIY soap and stir gently to avoid creating any bubbles. There are fragrances sold specifically for scenting soaps, and some even smell yummy enough to eat. As a general rule, 0.4 ounces of essential oil will sufficiently scent 1 pound of soap.

Or, use cocoa powder instead to color and scent your soap, adding 1/4 teaspoon at a time and stirring gently until you reach your desired hue.

Step 4

Donut soap | - step 4

Next, place your silicone doughnut mold on a flat surface and carefully pour your melted soap mixture into your mold. Let it set for 40 minutes to 1 hour in the fridge until firm.

Step 5

Donut soap | - step 5

Once hardened, gently flex your mold to release your doughnut-shaped soap and set it aside while you repeat the melting process with 1/4 soap cube for the "frosting."

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Step 6

Donut soap | - step 6

Now, tint your "frosting" soap with food coloring 1 drop at a time, stirring gently until you reach your desired shade.

Step 7

Donut soap |

Finally, carefully pour your "frosting" soap onto a small plate and quickly dip the top of your doughnut soap face down into the wax and remove. Set it aside face up to dry and your DIY doughnut-shaped soap craft for kids is ready to give as a gift or use at home.

Tip: To give as a gift, you can add a few real sprinkles to the top for a little extra pizzazz before the "frosting" soap hardens.