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Summer is the perfect time to try a new hobby that might even help you make some extra cash. Since the days are longer and filled with inspiring sunshine, you might want to try something new. One fun hobby you can try is making your own soap.
Making soap with a melt and pour soap base is easy and fun. And, if you decided to sell your items on a site like Etsy, you can charge a flat rate or change the price based on special seasonal designs.
Try these three DIY soap designs this summer to test out a new hobby and maybe make some extra money.
Dried Grapefruit Soap
One fun option is to make a DIY soap with seasonal fruit! Grapefruit is a popular citrus that’s in season all summer long. Adding dried slices of grapefruit or another citrus fruit of your choice is a great way to elevate your homemade soap.
Add a related scent—ideally grapefruit or the corresponding citrus—to your molten melt and pour base. The easiest way to add scent to your DIY soap is to use essential oils like these.
For this grapefruit homemade soap, try this oil for scent. You can add a colorant as desired or keep the white base color.
Next, pour the soap into a circular mold, allow it to begin the hardening process, then lay a dried grapefruit slice on top. Let the soap harden completely before removing it from the mold.
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Layered Watermelon Soap
If you want to make a seasonal fruit that’s a little more involved, you can make watermelon soap. There’s no real watermelon in it, just watermelon scent and layers of colored soap.
You will need to dye most of your melt and pour base a pinkish red, similar to the inside of a watermelon. For the rind, dye some of the soap a vibrant green.
Most melt and pour soap bases are white, which you will use between the pink and green. You can add watermelon scent like this one to the pink soap to finish off the effect.
Pour the pink soap into a circular mold and allow it to harden, then pour a small layer of white soap. Allow the white soap to harden as well before pouring the green layer.
After everything has hardened, you should be able to remove the circular bar so it looks like a slice of watermelon.
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Shimmery Seashell Soap
Summer fruits aren’t for everyone. If that sounds like you, try to make a fun beach-themed soap instead.
As a mold for this seashell soap, you can use real clam seashells or a seashell mold. Fortunately, melt and pour soap is one of the materials mica powder can be mixed with, so you can add your favorite shades to this project for a special shimmer.
After melting your soap base, add a desired beachy scent, such as coconut or sea salt. Next, dye the soap in a hue like ocean blue or coral pink.
Add a small scoop of mica powder in the color of your choice to make the molten soap shimmer, then pour the soap into your desired mold and let it harden.
DIY soap is a fun, lucrative hobby you can try this summer. These three designs will get you started.