Soap carving is a wonderful handicraft for kids of all ages. Soap makes a great sculpting medium, especially for first time carvers. It is soft and pliable enough for small hands to manipulate, safe to work with, and allows for plenty of creative freedom. It’s also an inexpensive project so you can enjoy carving over and over again.
- Ivory Soap (chosen for its softness)
- Sculpting Tools (Clay tools, plastic knives, even pumpkin carving tools will work)
- Cloth or towel
NOTE: This project should only be completed with adult supervision at all times. For young children or hesitant beginners, we suggest first using a dull carving tool or toothpick.
Let’s Get Started!
- Scrape lettering off one side of the soap, enough to create an entirely smooth surface. For younger children, an adult should complete this step.
- Allow soap to air dry for about an hour before carving.
- With a pencil, draw a design directly on the bar of soap. For beginners, choose a simple design to ensure success.
- Begin to carve the design, by cutting away small pieces at a time. Go slow and make small movements. Encourage children to be patient and careful – do not remove large chunks at once.
- Continue with small movements until your rough design is cut.
- Add in any details you would like.
- Polish your creation by rubbing gently with a cloth or paper towel.