Christmas Crafts For Kids:
Pretty Peppermint Soaps

Home-made peppermint soaps are easy for you and your child to make together. They’re also wonderfully invigorating. Keep them around your washroom sink or give them as gifts!

You can use the following materials:
clear and white glycerin soap (two cups of each for six bars) from your craft store
red food dye
small loaf pan
peppermint oil from a health food store

Melt the glycerin according to the directions on the packaging. Use about ¼ cup at a time, stirring in a drop of peppermint oil. When you’re heating the clear glycerin, add a few drops of red food dye. Once the soap is melted, pour it into the loaf pan and let it cool for 20 minutes. If you started with the clear red glycerin soap, alternate with the white soap and vice versa. Continue until the loaf pan is full. Let the soap rest for about 4 hours and then pop it out of the pan (like you would pop an ice cub out). Now you’re ready to slice the peppermint soap into bars with your knife. If you’re using the peppermint soap as a gift, wrap it in cellophane and finish off with a pretty bow.

Because the soap needs to rest for 20 minutes between each layer of color, you and your child can work on different crafts in between making the peppermint soap. Enjoy!