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Friday, March 16, 2012


Hello, everyone!  I'm here with a quick and easy project that is being presented as my DT project over at Pam's today.  To visit Pam's blog, just click her name which is a direct link.
Well, did you know you can decoupage a bar of soap without any special papers, adhesives, or other materials?  If you didn't know that, just take a look at my soap gift:

Here are pictures of the box closed and also a close up of the top of the box:

Isn't it just sweet and cute?!!!

Here's what you'll need to get started on yours:

1 - bar soap (standard size)
1 - 4.50 x 10.50" sheet of cardstock (for soap box)
Image of your choice for bar of soap and for the box (I found mine on the internet)
Embellishments for your box
Plain white tissue paper (the kind used for gifts): large enough to print image onto for the bar soap
Decoupage Glue (if you do not have this, use small amount of white glue thinned with water)
Small "soft" paint brush
Shrink Wrap or Saran Wrap
Heat gun

Okay, let's go!   First, determine how large you want the image to be on your bar of soap and size it accordingly (I played with the size, printing it on scrap paper until I was satisfied).  Once the image is to your liking, tape the piece of tissue onto a sheet of cardstock; print out the image and allow ink to dry completely; once dry, cut it out as close to the image as possible:

Using the paint brush, apply a very thin layer of glue to the back of the image being careful so as not to tear the tissue; carefully apply the image to the bar of soap using your index finger to smooth out any air bubbles; allow to dry about 20 minutes.  Once the tissue is dry on the soap bar, apply another  very thin coat of glue to the top of the image and use the flat palm of your hand to press out any air bubbles -- you do not want to rub because the wet glue will cause the ink to smear!!!

Allow coated side to dry completely and your bar of soap will look like this:

Time for do the box!  With the 4.50" side of paper across the top of the scoreboard, score at 1" and 3.50:

Turn paper so the 10.50" side is across the top of the scoreboard and score at 1", 4.75", 5.75", and 9.50":

On each side of the box, cut the  4.75" and 5.75" scorelines up to the 1" and 3.50 scorelines only -- this will create your center tabs which separate the top from the bottom of the box.  Next, cut out and remove a triangular section from each corner of the four (4) corner tabs: your box should look like this:

Bone fold all scorelines, fold and glue all tabs to the inside to form your box to look like this:

Print another image onto a sheet of cardstock and size it to fit the top of your box, and your box is ready to embellish any way you'd like.  I used stickles for the bath bubbles and 3D crystal lacquer to highlight Betty Boop and the hardware on the tub, and I completed the box with lace, beads, ribbon, and more stickles!

Before you put your soap in the box, wrap the bar with shrink or saran paper and give it a quick hit with your heat gun on all sides, top and bottom, to shrink and tighten the wrap to the soap; this will give it a nice, clean professional look!  Now you might even want to make add a small card or tag to go along with for a complete gift set!

You can alter your soap gift for a man, woman, or child and/or for any occasion -- it just depends on the image and embellishments you use.  I hope you like this and I hope you'll enjoy doing it!  I sure would love to see what you do with this, should you decide to give it a go!!!

If you have any questions, please just leave me a comment.  I'm always more than happy to help!

Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate you taking the time!

I'll be back as soon as I can, so...

I'll be seeing you!


Scrappin Sista said...

Oh my, this is just too cute!! I love it Audrey!!

Monique Barr said...


Lori Apgar said...

This is so pretty Audrey!!! Love the box too :)

Judy said...

Another beautiful project! Thank you so much for giving such great instructions :-) Hmmm .... would I be too heavy handed?

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Wow, I didn't know you could do that. Awesome gift and so pretty. Thanks for sharing your beautiful project and greattutorial with us today.

Dawn's Craft Place said...

You must come up with this stuff in your sleep...lol
how adorable this idea is to use for gifts.
Hope your doing well and taking care of yourself

Pam said...

All I can say is wow. That soap looks for sure pretty and love the awesome box. What a great great gift this would make. TFS

Pam said...

All I can say is wow. That soap looks for sure pretty and love the awesome box. What a great great gift this would make. TFS

Patti J said...

What a fun project! You are so clever, Audrey! Thanks for sharing another darling creation...

Brenda said...

omgosh you are sooo talented!!!loveee this!!!

Rhonda Emery said...

so cute love betty boop.

Jean said...

Love this.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh Audrey, this is just adorable. You are so darn creative, too cute. i am glad you found a few minutes to play. I so hope you have found some one to help you with your Auntie.
sending extra hugs

lovemypaper said...

Love it!

Angi said...

EEEEK...this is such a super fun project. Love it.

girlia said...

Audrey you are simply amazing. How do you come up with your crafting ideas. Just amazing.

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

Well isn't that adorable! Awesome once again Audrey!!!

How are you doing? How is your aunt?

I hope all is going well with you and I look forward to your next project!!!

Great job on this, I might have to do this for the kiddos.

"Um Buggin" said...

Hi Audrey, I wasn't sure if I had already posted on this item or not. I sure do Looovvveee this!!! I hope everything is getting handled for your Aunt, I know it can be time consuming, but yet we have to do it. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us next. Take care of yourself too my friend.

Hugz, xoxo


Reflections from Granny said...

Amazing gift idea, thank you for sharing the tutorial and what a cute Betty Boop! Love it!

Hugs, Lori m

Lisa said...

Thanks adorable Audrey. Love that image.

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, Audrey, this is fabulous!! Wow, what an awesome gift idea!! The image looks so incredible and you decorated the box beautifully!! I need to try this...thanks for the inspiration :)

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lovemypaper said...

POP in to say hi!

Besthobbyeva said...

Super sweet and super cute. I love it, so sparkly!! Another great project my friend!! I hope all is well!!


Susan said...

Hi Audrey!

I hope you all had a fun time celebrating your Auntie's 90th birthday! You made me laugh at the "run fast" comment..lol! Oh you have to love older folks huh?

I love this project! I'm making note of this post, I really want to give this a try. It turned out so darling! Good choice using Betty Boop in the tub, very cute! I do have a few questions but I will wait until you have a little time to ask. I also have a question about glue that I need your expert opinion on. I bought Modge Podge and have no idea what I would use it for. (It was on sale! lol) But I know I've seen something made using it. Is it the same thing as the glue you used on this? I hope all is good and I look forward to hearing from you my friend!


Ana Márquez said...

Oh, Audrey! How lovely work! My nefew Daniel likes Betty Boop very much, haha :-) your piece is wonderful as all your pieces. Thanks for sharing with us, dear.

Many kisses from

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MsJay said...

Very pretty.

OmaGloria said...

My dad would absolutely love this! What a cool idea.

Precious Hugs

Michele said...

this is AWESOME! thanks for sharing. xo

Nancy Zunic said...

Audrey...how cute your soap and soap box are. Handmade toiletry is always a nice gift. I decided to open an etsy shop. It's exciting and it takes some work but I love love love working with paper! I would love for you to visit is sometime at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueRoomInk

lisa808 said...

Two gifts in one--the soap is a lovely gift and the box is gorgeous!

Susan said...

Hi Audrey,

I'm worried about you. I keep checking to see if you have a new post but not one in a few weeks. I do pray that everything is ok. I know that you have a lot going with your Auntie so I'm hoping that is just keeping you busy and nothing bad has happened. Just wanted you to know that you are missed and in my thoughts.


The Archiving Angel said...

Hi there! This is just so adorable. It would make a great gift. Especially because you can personalize it with any image. You did it again. Another wonderful creation!
Hope all is well.
Crafty best,

GabyCreates.com said...

Oh I know several BB fanatics/collectors that would just love to have this beauty! Great as always!!
...so sorry to hear your time is being divided in two .... but what a wonderful thing you are doing by assisting in the care of your aunt. Take care my friend and take time to rest!! Hugs ~Gaby

Mary said...

Leave it to you to find a way to present a bar of soap! This is a great tutorial. Thanks again Audrey for another great project! TFS, Mary

Beebeebabs said...

Thinking of You - miss you!!!

silvia said...

Audrey~My turn to check on you. How are you doing?

LOVE the Betty Boop soap!!!

Sending hugs!!!!

girlia said...

Oh my goodness Betty Boop soap! Great job Audrey

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

This is awesome! Great image and beautiful box!

Nadia (WithGlitteringEyes.com) said...

This is such a neat project and perfect gift! I have never seen anyone transfer the image on soap-- love that idea!