Even the bathroom needs a little holiday cheer!


Paint Glycerin soap with acrylic paint. One side of the soap needs to be non-imprinted, so you have a nice area to paint on.


Melt paraffin in a double boiler situation. I used a metal measuring cup set in a pan of water. An old food can could also be used. Wax is highly flammable so it is best to melt it in water. DO NOT allow any of the water to get into the wax!


Brush a thin coat of melted wax over your painting. Do not paint the sides or bottom of your soap. The wax must be very hot to give a clear coat. It is probably best for an adult to do this step while wax is still at the stove so it remains very hot.



When you use your soap the wax will protect your paintings.


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  1. I have painted on soap before. You have to be careful with the kind of soap you use. Many of them have oil in them & it makes the paint difficult to adhere to it. Dial Pure & Natural was the one we used but they have since added oils to it :(. I always let the soap air out for a day before painting so it dries out. I think I also wiped with alcohol. I used enamel paints . Instead of parraffin I used mod podge 🙂

  2. can you use regular white soap? if not why not? I have regular soap on hand (bought in bulk) and would love to use it.

  3. Lou,

    I’d really like to use some of your crafts in a magazine I do for kids – could you get in contact with me please via the email address I left?

    All the best,

  4. I purchased already prepared soap but I would think you could certainly make your own and add a little scent. Yes, you can use the soaps. Only paint the top with the paint and wax. We have ours in the bathroom and it is working great! I hope your kids like this activity!

  5. can the children use the soap if i paint it. and can i add scent to it. thanks jessica reese

  6. How cute are those!? I think I love you.

    Oh, I have been meaning to email you to thank you for the information about the Lollipops, but I am a slacker lately. So, thank you!

  7. back in the day, my grandmother used to use ‘rub-ons’ on her home made soaps and I’m sure she sealed them in a similar way because there was a layer that you had to rub through to get to the soap. I think they were supposed to be decorative LOL!

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