Looking for inexpensive teacher gift ideas that you can make?
Have you considered homemade soap recipes for inexpensive teacher gift ideas, but thought soap making was too difficult?
I once thought so myself too. Traditional soap making truly is an art and a skill that requires quite a lot of knowledge and equipment. But, once I discovered easy soap recipes without lye, I was instantly hooked to soap making!
I’ve found more often than not it’s just as simple to whip up a thoughtful, beautiful teacher gift, wedding gift, or any other occasion than it is to hunt down that ”perfect gift” in-store or online. Whether it’s handmade candles or soap, the process is enjoyable and the results are stunning.
Take for example these owl milk and honey soap bars. The large size, owl shape, light honey scent, and creamy lather make it one of my favorite thoughtful, yet clever teacher gift ideas.
I had no idea homemade soap could be so easy and inexpensive to make!
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What Makes These DIY Milk and Honey Soap Bars so Easy?
For starters, this teacher gift idea won’t require you to wear gloves and a mask, as science class does. That’s because you won’t need to work with potentially dangerous ingredients like lye. Instead, you’ll be starting with a melt and pour soap base. It’s the only way to make easy soap recipes without lye.
You see, thankfully, someone else was kind enough to “man up” for the job. You get to use a melt and pour soap base that has already gone through the saponification process (meaning the dangerous stuff is done). It comes as a block and it is sold by the pound, typically 2 lbs and 5 lbs blocks.
And there is a multitude of melt and pour soap bases to choose from such as shea butter, aloe vera, oatmeal, and my personal favorite goat milk. Nothing compares to the creamy lather of goat milk soap! It is rich in nutrients and fats that nourish and hydrate the skin. Not to mention, goat milk has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe dry, itchy or irritated skin.
No matter which melt and pour soap base you choose the process of making soap is really the same. For these DIY milk and honey soap bars, you’ll need 1 pound of goat milk soap base, a spot of honey, and an owl silicone soap mold.
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What can use for a soap mold?
Soap making is best done with silicone molds because they never fail – soap always pops out easily. And they rarely require any cleanup. However, you can make soap without a soap mold. Things in your kitchen like tart tins or a cake pan or a bread loaf pan lined with parchment paper works too.
Can you make soap with kids?
This homemade soap recipe is a snap to make – no scary chemicals, boiling water, or safety gear required. By using a melt and pour soap base you can skip all the hangups to making soap with kids. And with just 2 ingredients the process is ultra-quick! So, your kids can take part in making a unique teacher gift and get back to playing.
But, I must give a fair warning, soap making is so much fun, especially with all the super cute soap molds, colors, and scents you can combine. My four-year-old daughter loves to make soap with me! And we have always found it an excellent homemade teacher gift idea for preschool, kindergarten prep, and ballet.
Making Adorable Owl Goat Milk And Honey Soap Teacher Gifts
How To Make Goat Milk and Honey Soap:
1. Prepare an owl silicone soap mold by cleaning, drying, and spritzing with rubbing alcohol.
2. Carefully slice 1 pound of goat milk soap base into cubes that are approximately ½” to 1” in size using a soap knife.
3. Scoop the sliced goat milk soap base into a large glass measuring cup. Then place it in the microwave to melt the soap base in 30 seconds intervals, stirring intermittently to avoid burning.
4. Promptly, remove the melted soap base from the microwave and add ½ teaspoon of raw honey. Using a non-stick heat resistant spatula blend the soap and honey together.
5. Pour the milk and honey soap into the prepared owl silicone mold. Carefully distribute evenly between each section to avoid overflow.
6. If needed, spritz with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles in the soap. Allow soap to cool in the mold for one to two hours or until solid before removing.
This melt and pour soap recipe makes 6 owl soap bars.
This easy homemade soap recipe is a breeze to make with kids. You can easily make a big batch for the end of the year teacher gift ideas or handmade Christmas gifts. Let your little one surprise those who help take care of them and support their growth with DIY milk and honey soap.
The blend of goat milk and honey makes a moisturizing, creamy soap everyone will love! These little owl soaps look adorable in a soap dish, little box, or a mason jar for gifting.
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Have you made soap with a melt and pour soap base before? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments or tag #farmhousechicliving on Instagram to share your soap making with me. And don’t forget to Pin this clever teacher gift idea!