It’s been some time since my first ever soap DIY. My Semi Precious Stone Soaps have been making the rounds on the Internet with all sorts of variations so I thought it was about time to give you something new to try out!
These DIY Gold Leaf Colour Block Letter Soaps are so much fun! You can make words to give as a gift for ANY occasion or just gift a whole alphabet for a creative bath time.
The gold leaf gives them an extra special quality because who doesn’t want to wash themselves with gold huh? Add you favourite scents and essential oils when the wax is hot to make them even more luxurious. I cannot get enough of lavender at the moment. Maybe because of spring? That’s the great thing about giving this as a gift. You can make them completely personalised to the lucky receiver (or maybe just for yourself!)
Materials Clear Soap | White Soap | Gold Leaf Flakes | Essential Oil Alphabet Mould | Wilton Food Colouring
NOTE: I have recently found out that the gold leaf reacts and turns green after some time in the soap. I’m looking for an alternative to use. I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions! I am going to try tissue papers and edible gold leaf to see if we get a better outcome. I’ll let you know asap!
1. Melt the soap in a microwave (read instructions on package for details). It’s best to do this a little at a time so you don’t have to rush through big batches. Add your scents and gold leaf.
2. Prop the mould up at an angle. I used an empty cardboard box and held the mould in place with big lumps of Bluetac stuck along the bottom so it wouldn’t slip down. Pour in the melted soap. This is much easier if you have a measuring jug handy.
Half fill the mould until you can’t get any more soap into the letter spaces without laying the mould flat. Once this has cooled lay the mould flat and get to work on melting the white soap.
3. Mix you colours into the melted soap and pour into the flat mould – filling it to the top.
4. Leave for a few hours to fully cool and set. Carefully pop out from the mould and using a retractable knife slice of the front of the soap to make it clean and smooth.
I made some soap puns below but I want to hear if you have any others. Let me know in the comments or even better, share your finished puns with my on Instagram! And come follow me for more (as soon as I think of them!) Everyone loves a pun right!
Love these! You come up with so many great ideas!
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How pretty! I was just using gold leaf yesterday, and ended up with scraps of gold that I didn’t know what to do with. Soap would be a perfect use. Thanks for the inspiration!
Lovely idea! These look great.
Looks amazing ! Love this. :)
Claire - Heart Handmade UK says
oh my goodness! These soaps are amazing! Gold leaf would be far too fancy to use! only for the guest bathroom. If you have a guest bathroom of course. Our guest bathroom is the one without the litter tray :p
So sorry, but this DIY was actually pretty horrible. I tried it myself. The gold flakes you linked turned green inside the soap since they were made of zinc. The soap colorant was intensely sparkly, did not mix well with the soap, and the colors were not as nice as what you must have used.
Next time you post a DIY, it would be great if you could link the actual materials you used. And also take down the post if the DIY was unsuccessful.
A fair warning to anyone who may read this & attempt it: try sourcing better materials.
I’m SO sorry this DIY did not work out for you. That makes me feel terrible! I never want anyone to have a bad experience but you’ve raised some really great points.
For the colouring I used an old dye set of mine that I could not find anywhere! I really guessed that soap colourant would work just as well if not better! That is obviously wrong. Thank you for letting me know. If you do want to try the soaps again I have tried food colouring which works really well. Especially the Wilton colour system – that gives lovely vibrant colours. Also mica dye is meant to be very good as well, but that’s a bit messy.
I must admit once I finished my soaps I boxed them up and I haven’t looked at them since. I must check to see if the gold leaf has changed colour. Colourful tissue papers might be a pretty alternative or perhaps an edible gold leaf might not discolour. I’ll do some experiments.
I guess the reason I haven’t taken this down is because I didn’t know it wasn’t working. Thank you for letting me know about the problems! But instead of giving up I’m going to try again and make it better next time. I do hope if you try this again you will also get better results!
Lesley Mitchell says
As a qualified Gemmologist, I can testify that most of the gold leaf you buy will not be 100% gold, it will have base metals and other inclusions in it. As such any of this added to your soaps, due to the PH will make your soaps all go a mouldy green colour over time. The only way to stop this is to use 100% pure gold leaf (very expensive)
Edible gold leaf also will not work, there is a solution which I will be posting on our blog and youtube channel soon
I have seen soapers use gold mica in soap with no comeback – worth a try
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You should lean the mold against something. So that the mold wouldn’t fall over, I utilized an empty cardboard box and secured it with many large pieces of Bluetac. Put in the liquid soap. A measuring jug comes in helpful for this.
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