How to Make Bar Soap Sculptures

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How to Make Bar Soap Sculptures
A simple bar of soap can become a sculpture. (soap bar image by Wayne Abraham from

Creating a sculpture from a bar of soap is an activity that can be enjoyed by young and old. No experience is required and tools can be modified for age appropriateness. A sculpted bar of soap can be displayed in a soap dish to be used for hand washing or given as a gift.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • A large bar of soap
  • A small paring knife
  • Skewers or other pointed kitchen tools

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  1. 1

    Trace the bar of soap onto the paper and sketch a design within the lines. Make as many sketches as you need until you have one that you like.

  2. 2

    Place the drawing on top of the bar of soap and trace back over the lines with the pencil. When you remove the paper from the soap, a groove should be left on the surface. These grooves will show you where to begin carving.

  3. 3

    Scrape and cut at the excess soap by moving the knife or tool away from you. A potato peeler is an effective tool for this stage of the sculpting process. Begin gradually; you can always remove more soap but it's impossible to put cut soap back on.

  4. 4

    Turn soap over repeatedly to carve every surface and edge. As your sculpture begins to take the desired shape, use pointed tools and toothpicks to carve details.

  5. 5

    Leave your soap sculpture to dry in a cool place away from sunlight for 24 to 48 hours. Then rub it gently with a soft paper napkin to polish.

Tips and warnings

  • Young children can use plastic knives and a nail file instead of a paring knife.

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