As a crafter who crafts A LOT, I need a lot of supplies and craft materials so I am always on the lookout for ways to save money on my craft basics. My new go to place to save money on craft supplies has become Consumer Crafts! I could not believe the difference in their prices from the big craft supply stores! For example, the paper mache Valentine letters that I did last week were $4.49 when I bought them at the craft store but they are $2.27 when ordered from Consumer Crafts! Unbelievable savings! They are having a Back to Basics sale which made for huge craft supply bang for the buck!
With Valentine’s Day coming up I wanted to make some handmade gifts to give friends and I also wanted to try my hand at making soap so I thought it would be great to combine the two! I was browsing around the Basics section of Consumer Crafts and found everything I needed to make pretty homemade soap gifts.
I was able to get 4 pounds of soap (2 each of goat’s milk and shea butter), the cute flower molds, vanilla and cucumber and melon fragrance oils, and dye all for under $30. If you bought 4 pounds of soap from any leading bath shop it would be over $60 at $7.50 per bar! The prices were amazing and the site was really easy to navigate with self-explanatory broad categories such as Craft Basics which is where I shopped and then narrowed down by type of craft. I found everything I needed in the Soap & Fragrance category shown above and Consumer Crafts made it easy to select my item and keep shopping with the small icon that popped up at the side of the screen and then finally to check out. What is really awesome is my order of supplies shown in the last photo arrived just when they said it would and I was ready to get started making my homemade soap!
I had never made soap before in my life and honestly was a little nervous about the prospect and pictured women stirring a steaming cast iron pot but making the soap was almost as easy as ordering the supplies from Consumer Crafts! If you can microwave, pour, and stir, you can make homemade soap. It was so easy I created the step by step pictorial above to walk you through the process once you order your own supplies from Consumer Crafts. Remember they are having a Back To Basics Sale in February! 1) After cutting (with a heavy knife as the soap is thick) the soap block into pieces, put in microwave safe bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals until melted. 2) Add the fragrance oil using the recommended amount on the bottle according to the amount of soap you are making. I used vanilla and cucumber melon. 3) Add dye until soap is desired shade. I added a few drops of red to one batch to make pink for Valentine’s Day. I left one batch white. 4) Pour soap into molds. Let cool for one hour and pop out of plastic molds. 5&6) Finished soap bars and rosettes.
The whole process of this project was easy and fun from start to finish: ordering the supplies from Consumer Crafts’ user friendly website (with huge savings I might add) to making the soap in just a few easy steps. The little rosettes and bars came out so cute and really smelled nice! My favorite was the vanilla as it had a milder fragrance than the cucumber melon. I used one to try it out and the goat’s milk soap lathered well and made my hands soft. I packaged the rest in a leftover treat bag from my daughter’s birthday party and decorated it with a Valentine’s bow, and vinyl flowers and tag using my Silhouette. When I was done I had an adorable gift bag of great smelling, pretty soaps to give a friend as a Valentine gift and best of all I got the gift at an affordable price, made it myself, AND have enough to make more for my own home! I learned not only are Consumer Crafts cheaper on craft basics, but so is making your own soap!