where it is deepest and remove. Remember we are making two bars of soap so make 3 or 4 cut out pieces. Save the unused soap for the back layer later.

Pouring and Layering
Arrange your cutouts into two mold cavities, making a spooky scene. Press real firmly. You’ll want the cutout to have as much contact as possible with the mold. This way soap doesn’t get under it when you pour the next layer.

Prepare your next layer of melted soap. You will need about 4 cubes with 8-10 drops of fragrance. Add color if you would like (for the orange we used 20 drops of yellow and 3 drops of red in white soap). Take the melted soap, make sure it is just lukewarm (if its too hot it will melt your cutouts) and pour over the cutout pieces until each cavity is 3/4 full. Allow to cool.

Remember the soap you had left over from the bowl? Go ahead and re-melt it. Spritz alcohol on the cooled layers in the mold. Now take the melted soap and fill these two cavities. Allow to cool completely and remove from mold. (our basic melting page here has some tips on un-molding)

Trimming and Finishing Up
If some soap got under your cutout you can use a small knife to carefully and slowly trim the excess. Wrap the soap in plastic wrap or put it right in your powder room for little goblins to use!

Add soap to your Halloween decorating tradition! Makes a great goody bag idea for parties too.

If you haven’t already done so, please familiarize yourself with basic melting (read here). As with all soap projects, this one requires using a microwave and knife. If children are present please be careful.

Preparing the Cutouts
You are going to make two bars at a time. First decide if you will make transparent pieces (like the bats) or opaque pieces (like the ghosts). We’re going to do the bats and cats. Melt 4 cubes of clear soap. Add equal drops of red blue and yellow color and stir until you get a dark black (we used 5 drops of each). Next add 8-10 drops of fragrance and stir.

Pour this black soap into your ceramic bowl and let it cool for about an hour. When it is cool to the touch you can begin to remove it. Carefully and gently slide a knife under one of the sides of the soap in the bowl and lift up. Once you have it started, put the knife down and gently pull the soap out with your hand and place it on a cutting board.

Pick two cutters. Press the cutter into the center of the soap