When I was a kid, one of my favorite places to take a time-out from the world was my bath tub! I would play for hours with my assorted plastic toys, all on a mission of some sort. I had adventures on the high seas, rescued princesses, I even tried to teach a parakeet how to swim... Don't ask. It survived. I was young. Anyway, I have passed this love onto my children and in doing so, have given myself the responsibility to offer new fun things to do in there! Well, my parents were snow-birds last winter, staying on the beach from October to April and while my mom was out shopping she ran across a lady who sold clear soaps with toys inside. My mom thought that was an awesome idea and knew I would be interested in making them (little did she know how much I would LOVE IT) so she bought a couple for us to try. My 3 year old spared no time at all working to dig out the group of tiny snakes, suspended in the clear "carbonite" as he calls it (he's already a Star Wars nerd). So, I started thinking, how can I do this at home and improve on it? Well, this is what I have come up with, and I'm more than pleased!
I use soap, candy and chocolate molds
Clear vegetable glycerine soap
Small toys - the best toys to use are small, solid statues, erasers, bouncy balls, marbles, and I've discovered that when using girl's plastic jewelry, the color runs and the plastic corrodes... Might try to protect them before submersion, next time round! My favorite toys to use are Toob toys! They're great quality, perfect size and the details and colors are spectacular!
Alcohol, in a spray bottle, to pop the bubbles that rise to the surface
Tape or sticky back labels
Melt the soap according to package directions, place molds on a flat surface. Using a stiff cutting board underneath the molds will allow you to move, if needed, without damaging the clarity of the soap. Place the toys (face down) into the molds that fit them best, and pour the soap over the toys. Bubbles will surface, spray them with the alcohol. Leave to cool at least 40 minutes - to overnight.
The kids don't always like being the testers for my products but this has been a hit! The 3 year old was more than happy to "free them from their carbonite."
Not sure you want to take the time to make these for yourself? I offer them in my shop! Use the Contact Form on my website to begin your order today!