Soap Carving

Today I decided it would be a fun idea to try some soap carving. This is a great activity to do with your kids. I don’t have any kids. I don’t have a husband. I don’t have a single good excuse for wanting to try soap carving. But I don’t need an excuse. I soap carved. It was great. I made a fish.

You want to know how to soap carve? It’s really pretty easy, and super fun. If you’ve never done carving or whittling before, soap is a great medium to start on because it’s soft, malleable, and forgiving. You really don’t need any fancy knives; soap is soft enough that you can even use plastic knives!

Supplies

  • Bar of Soap
    • Ivory is a great brand to use – soft and cheap
  • Knife
    • Could be plastic knife or butter knife. I used a metal butter knife
  • X-acto Knife
    • This one is optional for basic patterns. I used the X-acto Knife at the end for some detail work
  • Paper for carving pattern
  • Pencil, toothpick, or pointy object for tracing on to the soap
  • Scissors for cutting out the patter

That’s it! I already had all these materials at my house. The only thing I had to purchase was the X-acto knife, and I quickly discovered that it was pretty optional.

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Step 1

Cut out and trace the pattern

You can print out a free, downloadable pattern that I created here.

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However, if you don’t want to use a pre-made template, that’s totally fine, just draw your own!

You’ll just want to make sure that your pattern matches the dimensions of your soap bar, and that you account for not only the top of the bar, but the shape of the sides as well.

The dimensions of the Ivory bar I used were 3.1875″ x 2.125″ x 1″

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Step 2

Once you have your pattern either drawn or printed out, cut it out, and lay it ontop of your unwrapped soap bar. Take your pencil or toothpick and trace the outline of your pattern onto the soap. It does actually mark the soap, it just creates inscribed lines.

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Step 3

Now comes the fun part. With your pattern laid out on your soap bar, you are all set to start carving!

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With your knife, start carving along the outline you drew. It doesn’t have to be super precise, as you’ll be refining the cut a lot more later. Just get the basic outline chiseled out of the block. Remember when it comes to carving, less is more. You can’t exactly add soap back on to the block once you chop it off, so be conservative in your chiseling at first.

Step 4

Once your basic shape has emerged from the block you can proceed with the refining of your shape. This is the part that takes the most patience and skill. Thankfully, soap is a really easy medium for beginners, but it still takes a lot of time and precision to slowly work away at the rough edges to create something smooth and more realistic.

And now behold, the final creation:20170609_204614

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An Enchanted Christmas Wedding

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So back in 2014 my sister got married. It was a wonderful event, but I realized that I never did it justice by glorifying how beautiful it really was. So now, here I am, 3 years later, gracing everyone with pictures and memories of such a beautiful event.

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On top of that, I’m showing off how gorgeous the color palette was. Seriously. It was Christmas, it was classy, it was glowing.

Color Palette

My sister tends to be more of a spring/summer kind of person, but because she got married at Christmas time, she opted for the more festive colors of Wine Red, Black, and Gold (with some champagne influence). It was a stunning combination.

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Ceremony

They got married on December 27th, 2014 at the Boston, Massachusetts Temple. Between the building’s majestic stature, and its effervescent stained glass, it was an absolutely gorgeous venue for the ceremony.

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However, it was also, like 20º, so it was freezing. I’m glad you can’t tell through our gleaming faces.

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The Dress

The bride was dressed in a Maggie Sottero lace sheath gown adorned with a beaded jacket. She was an elegant vision and it really accentuated her figure.

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Bouquet

Red Roses interspersed with Baby’s Breath. Striking!

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids wore black knee-length dresses, with black heels, pearls, and a swath of Baby’s Breath. Now most people would shy away from black as a wedding color because of its solemnizing effect. However, far from putting a damper on the occasion, it really dressed it up, and created a stark yet stunning background for the pops of red.

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NOT PICTURED: The fact that we lost the keys to the Bridal car. We spent TWO HOURS looking all over the temple grounds, in the snow, in pockets, on the sidewalk, EVERYWHERE. But to no avail. So even though we painstakingly decorated the car beautifully, the happy couple had to drive home with us in the family van. lolz. AND they had to take the family van on their honeymoon. Cheerio crumbs included.

Reception

We held the reception that evening at Hawk’s landing in Southington, Connecticut. An intimate yet elegant setting in an intimate old fashioned New England town.

Place Settings

The tables were decorated with red tablecloths, linens, cutlery, centerpieces, and kissing bells.

And in addition to the “adult” place settings, we made sure each child place setting was properly equipped with a coloring book and crayons. A must, in my opinion. You’ve got to have some way to keep the little kids entertained!

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The idea behind the “Kissing Bell” is that when everyone rings them, the couple have to kiss. Cute, romantic, and got super annoying by the end.

Centerpiece

The centerpieces consisted of 8″ vases filled with water, clear stones and floating candles. The base consisted of a mirror, stones, additional tealight candles, and silk flowers.

 

 

Food

Besides the meal, food included a hot cocoa bar, with different mix-ins, and a bunch of Ferrero Rocher’s. Yum.

I….actually have no idea what was served for dinner. But I remember it was good.

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Table Numbers

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The Cake

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Wedding Invitation

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The Throwing of the Boquet

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Grace and class, people. Grace and class.

Cute Kids

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This little niece got a special pink dress for the wedding day that she referred to as her “princess dress.” She was so excited to wear it, that we’re pretty sure she thought the reception was for her.emilysusanphotography_r_meiling_96

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Absolutely precious.

Oh yeah, and the couple is pretty cute too.

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