Soap Mold Making

As soap makers, every batch of soap poses a new creative challenge. How to color it, what to make it smell like, or what properties we want it to have are all a part of the overall creative process of making soap. However, have you ever thought of taking your creativity one notch higher? Has it ever occurred to you to make your own soap molds?

Though many soap makers add to their creative flair by molding their soap into interesting shapes or designs, they usually get their molds commercially, either from soap specialty stores or from other stores that sell items which can be turned into soap molds. Examples of these are clay molds, cookie molds or cutters, and (sometimes) sand castle molds.

If you want to push your creativity further, and if you want to create a truly unique soap, try soap mold making! It can be a fun addition to your soap making hobby, and you'll surprise yourself with how creative you can be. Plus, since soap mold making usually requires that you use wood, all your soaps get that nice wood-grain finish!

To start soap mold making, you will need the following:

  • 5 pieces of 5 X16 ½ X ¼ inch plywood

  • 10 pieces of 3/4 X 3 ½ X 15 plywood

  • 10 pieces 3/4 X 3 ½ X 7

  • small saw

  • pencil

  • stencils

  • ruler

  • wood glue or nails and a hammer

  1. Use the thickest piece of plywood as your base.

  2. The thinner sheets of plywood are what you will use for the sides of your mold.

  3. Draw or stencil out a shape on your base wood. (ex. a dragon)

  4. Carefully saw out the shape.

  5. Measure the length of the shape. What ever the length is, double it, and use this measurement to saw out two identical pieces of thinner plywood, that are about 3 inches in width when made to lie flat on the floor.

  6. Slowly, (and using wood glue along the edges of your base' shape) stick the thinner plywood along the shape. Your end result should be your base shape, surrounded by two pieces of thinner plywood.

  7. You will have to wait for the glue to dry, and fortify it with more glue on the outside area of the mold.

  8. Once the glue is dry, your mold is ready for use! When you soap hardens, be sure to split the soap in two, so that you have two 1 ½ inch pieces of soap.

Experiment with soap mold making, and make as many as you can! Start out with simple shapes like stars and circles while you get your soap mold making technique perfect. Once perfected, try more complicated shapes like dragons, fairies, or whatever you think would make a good mold!