St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Lucky Shamrock Soap + Shamrocks and Shenanigans Printable
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So, St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal if a) you’re Irish or b) you live on the East Coast. If both apply to you, you’re just plain lucky. Last year I told y’all the story about how I unknowingly ended up in a St. Patrick’s Day parade. I behaved myself last year so I have no embarrassing stories to tell but I do have a cool tutorial today on how to make Green Tea Shamrock Soap.
What You’ll Need:
a soap mold (the one I used makes four, 4oz bars)
1lb of soap base (glycerin or goat’s milk)
1 green tea bag (use organic)
4-6 drops berry scented essential oil (I used one that’s no longer available online but I linked to similar)
St. Patrick’s Day coins (check your local Dollar Tree first)
green soap colorant (I don’t recommend using food coloring)
optional: clear spray sealant
Optional first step:
Remove the St. Patrick’s Day coins from the bag and spray them with a clear sealant. Let dry and repeat on the other side. This helps prevent the coins from turning colors and allows the recipient to enjoy them longer.
Place one coin on the bottom of each soap mold, right in the middle.
Open up the green tea bag and evenly sprinkle it into the mold. Don’t worry about covering up the coin as it won’t be visible.
Side note: If you want the clover side showing on the top of your finished soap, make sure the slogan on the coin “A Four Leaf Clover for Good Luck” is facing up.
If you purchased a 2 lb container of soap base, cut it in half (we’re only using 1 lb). Cut that portion into smaller chunks.
Place the chunks in a glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir with a spoon. If chunks still remain, heat for 15-second intervals until you’re left with a smooth liquid.
Now, time to act fast because you don’t want the soap hardening before you have a chance to pour it into the mold.
Add the soap colorant (one drop at a time) to the liquid soap base until you get your desired color. I used 4 drops of coloring but I should’ve added another drop or two to get a deeper green.
Once you’re happy with the color, it’s time to add the essential oil fragrance. Side note: I used a berry scent because when it combines with the goat’s milk, it smells like spring to me. Crazy, right? Anyway, if berries aren’t your thing, use another fragrance or leave it out. It’s totally up to you but if you do use the essential oil, start with four drops and go from there.
Once the soap base is scented and colored, pour it evenly into the soap molds. I find that I have fewer air bubbles if I allow the soap to harden at room temperature versus placing the mold in the fridge or freezer. Let the soap harden overnight.
Once the soap is hardened, pop those cuties out of your mold. If your soap mold is silicone, bend and stretch the mold container to remove the soaps.
Time to marvel at your beautiful shamrock soap!
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go. Irish Blessing
The green tea that we added? It’s chock full of antioxidants and good things called catechins. Catechins have been shown to function as anti-inflammatory and anticancer agents. The goat’s milk we used will help moisturize dry skin while gently removing dead skin cells (important for healthier looking skin).
And that lucky coin? Let’s hope it brings the luck of the leprechauns your way!
If you’re planning on spreading the good luck around by giving these soaps to friends and family, be sure to print out the FREE Shamrocks and Shenanigans printable. The printable is perfectly sized at 4×6″ so it can be used as a card or displayed in a small frame.
Pin this image to save the printable for later.
How will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year?