Homemade Packaging Ideas for Soaps

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Homemade Packaging Ideas for Soaps
Purchase natural and organic soaps at a spa or health food retailer. (natural soaps 3 image by samantha grandy from Fotolia.com)

Soaps make excellent gifts for friends, as well as decorative accessories for your own home. Creatively wrapped soaps add a touch of personal design to home decor without a long-term colour commitment. A variety of paper and fabric designs allow you to make creative packages for soaps of any size. Colourful packaging options inspire themes for otherwise ordinary soaps often relegated to the bathroom cabinets.

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Things you need

  • 4 bars rectangular soap
  • Scissors
  • Road map
  • Travel themed craft stickers
  • 2 soap balls/spheres
  • 1/4 yard tulle or netting
  • 14 inch satin ribbon
  • Raffia
  • 1/4 yard pink or green seersucker fabric
  • 2 small rubber bands
  • 16 inch yellow grosgrain ribbon
  • 12 egg shaped soaps
  • Egg carton
  • Decorative Easter grass
  • 8 to 10 inch pink ribbon
  • Easter themed stickers

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    Choose a road map from Hawaii or Florida for a tropical travel theme, a map of Wyoming or Colorado for a western theme or a map of Europe for a foreign travel theme. Unfold the map and cut it into two squares large enough to wrap two bars of the rectangular soaps like presents.

    Homemade Packaging Ideas for Soaps
    Many map varieties are available in bookstores. (Map image by Stephen VanHorn from Fotolia.com)
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    Place a bar of soap in the middle of the map square and wrap the map around the soap, meeting at the centre of the soap bar. Fold the sides of the map around the ends of the soap to make it look like a wrapped gift.

    Homemade Packaging Ideas for Soaps
    Wrap the soap the same way you would wrap a small gift. (present image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)
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    Secure the map with travel stickers. Place a sticker on each end of the soap bar and press an additional sticker at the centre to keep the map in place.

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    Cut two round 8-inch circles from the tulle fabric. Place a soap ball in the centre of each circle.

    Homemade Packaging Ideas for Soaps
    Choose soaps as big as tennis balls for a more substantial presentation. (soap image by joanna wnuk from Fotolia.com)
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    Wrap the tulle around each soap ball. Twist the fabric firmly at the top of the soap and tie with raffia for a secure closure.

    Homemade Packaging Ideas for Soaps
    People often use tulle or netting to celebrate baby showers and weddings. (bébé image by jerane from Fotolia.com)
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    Cut and tie 7 inch satin ribbons around the raffia for a touch of elegance. Tie the ribbon in small bows and let long streamers remain.

    Homemade Packaging Ideas for Soaps
    Add gossamer ribbons for a more formal effect. (ribbon rolls image by TekinT from Fotolia.com)
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    Cut seersucker fabric into rectangular swatches large enough to wrap around soap bars. Wrap the seersucker around the soap and twist at the ends where excess fabric overlaps the soap. Secure each fabric twist with a rubber band.

    Homemade Packaging Ideas for Soaps
    Mimic the common method for wrapping candy. (candy image by red 2000 from Fotolia.com)
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    Cut two 3-inch lengths of the yellow grosgrain ribbon. Tie a ribbon in a single knot around each seersucker twisted end to conceal the rubber bands.

    Homemade Packaging Ideas for Soaps
    Grosgrain ribbon features a ridged texture. (red ribbon image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)
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    Cut remaining ribbon in two equal sections. Tie a bow around each end of the seersucker and pull the bow tight for added strength.

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    Fill a cardboard egg carton with small handfuls of decorative Easter grass. Pad the egg carton sections with enough decorative grass to cushion individual soaps.

    Homemade Packaging Ideas for Soaps
    Easter grass comes in a variety of colours. (Easter eggs image by PHOTOFLY from Fotolia.com)
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    Place egg-shaped soaps in each section of the egg carton. Cover the entire set lightly with extra decorative grass and secure the carton with the pink ribbon tied in a bow.

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    Decorate the egg carton with the Easter stickers. Seal the carton with one sticker at the centre of the closure where the carton is typically opened.

    Homemade Packaging Ideas for Soaps
    Egg cartons come in cardboard, clear-plastic and styrofoam varieties. (brown eggs image by Tom Oliveira from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase hypoallergenic soaps if you have sensitive skin.
  • Make several sets of soaps to give as last-minute gifts for unexpected occasions such as luncheons or going-away parties.
  • Keep soaps and supplies out of reach of small children.
  • Store soaps at room temperature to keep packaging from sticking to soaps.

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