DIY Gemstone Soaps + My MakersKit Collaboration

After 5 years of conceptualizing jewelry, home decor and accessory tutorials on HonestlyWTF, I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I’m finally launching our first series of DIY kits with MakersKit. Today! Hooray!!! What took so long, you ask? I’m an absolute stickler when it comes to quality – which is why I search tirelessly to find you guys the right supplies so that you can create something that is beautiful, functional and long lasting. Crafty doesn’t equate with cheap in my book. So when the amazing masterminds behind MakersKit understood my biggest concern with packaging tutorials on a mass scale, I knew I found the right collaborators for this obvious, and exciting, next chapter!

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After months of planning, testing, and sourcing, our year long collaboration with MakersKit launches today with this soap kit. That’s right, these beautiful gemstones and crystals are actually soaps! They are ridiculously fun to create and make for impressive gifts

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Each kit includes (makes a minimum of 2 soaps):

  • 1/2lb each of vegetable based clear and opaque white soap bases
  • red, yellow, green and blue food coloring
  • 10 small, reusable mixing cups
  • 2 soap molds
  • toothpicks

You’ll need:

  • a microwavable glass or measuring cup
  • paring knife
  • cutting board
  • scissors
  • fragrance oil (optional)

Start by cutting each of your soap bases in half. Reserve the clear and opaque halves for your 2nd gemstone soap – the kit will allow you to make a minimum of 2 soaps in 2 color ways. Cut the halves in half again. One quarter piece of the clear and opaque soap will be used mix colors. The other quarters pieces will be reserved for the final mold.

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Cut the clear soap into small chunks and place into a microwavable glass. Microwave for 40-60 seconds until completely melted. If you want to add fragrance, this is when you’d add your oil. A little goes a long way so don’t overdo it! Divide the melted soap evenly into 5 small mixing cups.

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I’ll be making purple here which means I’ll need to mix blue and red. Start with the darkest shades first. One drop of each color should really be as dark as you’ll need to go. Slowly reduce the amount of food coloring after each subsequent mixing cup. Use the toothpick to extract the smallest amount of color from the bottle. Again, a little goes a long way! Mix each color thoroughly with a toothpick. If the soap starts to set, then pop them mini cups into the microwave for 4-5 seconds and mix again.

Color combination tips:

  • red + blue = purple
  • red + yellow = orange
  • blue + green = cyan
  • green + yellow + red = brown

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Repeat the same step with the quarter pound of opaque soap base. Allow to set for at least an hour or so. Once they’ve cooled and hardened, turn them over, use your thumbs to push the bottom and they should pop out easily. Save the mini mixing cups as you’ll be able to reuse them over and over again.

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Slice the colors into thin slices and small shards. Mix the colors randomly and drop them into the soap mold. The looser and more random, the better. I like to place the darker colors on the bottom and lighter colors on top but again, don’t try to get it too uniform!

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Melt the quarter piece of clear soap and pour into the soap mold. Then melt the quarter piece of opaque soap and pour into the soap mold.

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At this point, you can even pop the entire cup into the microwave for 5 seconds – just so the colors melt together more naturally. Or you can leave it as it is. The cup might warp from the hot soap – it’s okay. Just keep an eye on it if you do decide to put it in the microwave – you don’t want to melt a hole in your mold! Allow to set for a couple of hours – you can even pop it in the refrigerator if you, like me, don’t have the patience to wait. Once the soap has totally cooled and hardened, carefully cut the mold open with a pair of scissors.

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Place the wider end on a cutting board and use a paring knife to cut 5-6 vertical edges at a slight angle. Then cut the top into a point at 5-6 more exaggerated angles.

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And voila, that’s it!

A few more tips:

  • Save all of your scraps. You can cut them up and reuse them to make more soap!
  • If you want to give them as gifts, wrap them in tissue paper or cellophane.
  • You can make 2 soaps per mold if you cut the molds in half vertically – you’ll just end up with narrower gemstones
  • And most importantly, have fun!

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This gemstone soap kit is just one out of 4 kits to be launched every few months in 2016. Head over here if you’re interested in subscribing for an entire year of HonestlyWTF DIY kits! I should mention that a 1 year, pre-paid subscription saves you $, plus a $10 MakersKit gift card. I promise you’ll love the rest of the kits to come!

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We’re also giving away a year long subscription for those of you who wanna test your luck. Head over here to enter!

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(images by HonestlyWTF)

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94 Comments

  1. Michelle wrote:

    They are amazing. Honestly, they are too beautiful to even use!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

    11.18.15
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  2. yasmina wrote:

    I’m dying a little inside! Love these sooooooo much! Thank you for sharing!

    Love, Yas
    yasminas.se

    11.18.15
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  3. susan h wrote:

    You are so talented. I’m so excited for this!!

    11.18.15
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  4. Karen wrote:

    I LOVE this!! So pretty!

    11.18.15
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  5. Prudence wrote:

    Really unique and beautiful soap that look like precious jewels! They will make amazing gifts for sure!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

    11.19.15
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  6. caroline wrote:

    Those soaps area absolutely beautiful and a huge congrats on the collaboration, how awesome!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

    11.19.15
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  7. SO in love with these!!! <3
    This method looks SO much easier compared to soap making when starting from scratch.
    Thanks for sharing, and great collaboration!

    XO http://www.maybebycatalfo.com
    Contemporary bridal fashion

    11.19.15
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  8. Christina wrote:

    Wow, these look beautiful! At first glance, you’d never think they were soaps…Would love to try this!
    Christina ♥ https://caliope.name

    11.20.15
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  9. Esther wrote:

    Thank you so much for sharing, I LOVE this DIY, so beautiful! I really wanna try it!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

    11.20.15
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  10. Hannah wrote:

    Oh wow this is so exciting! These soaps look incredible – almost too good to use?? 🙂
    Hannah x
    http://crafternooncabaretclub.com

    11.21.15
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  11. Ondrea wrote:

    Wow! I am in Love, perfect gift idea
    http://crownedondrea.com

    11.21.15
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  12. Very cute 🙂 I honestly didn’t think they were soaps at first!

    11.21.15
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  13. Eugenia wrote:

    OMG! This is the most beautiful soap i have ever seen…Really! Thank you for sharing the steps, I am now intrigued to try my own 🙂

    Eugenia

    http://www.diamondsandspikes.com/
    fashion / lifestyle / beauty / moscow-budapest

    11.22.15
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  14. Hey, I love everything you ever post, but wont these soap dye?, I mean, food colorings tend to dye your hands when you use them and it’s not that simple to take them out. I know this is soap, but still I wonder…

    11.22.15
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    • Erica wrote:

      @Germanita good question! They won’t dye your skin or your soap dish, shower or bathtub (as long as it’s not non-porous). So little dye is used in each bar of soap that it’s not nearly as concentrated as dye straight out of the bottle. Just think of it like colored frosting!!

      11.22.15
  15. Alissa wrote:

    So in love with this DIY!

    x

    11.22.15
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  16. Cassi wrote:

    I love this DIY! These soap gems are so cute!

    11.22.15
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  17. Kristiina wrote:

    Love this idea!

    11.24.15
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  18. txilibrin wrote:

    Hi, stupid question… I tried this at home, as I had the materials… But, how do you manage for the food colouring to not dye your hands? The color, even when the soap is created, dyes everything!!!
    Thanksss

    11.29.15
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  19. Hannalora wrote:

    These are so cool!! Thank you for sharing your genius with us!

    12.1.15
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  20. Sally wrote:

    Wow that’s amazing! So pretty. I want these for my home and they would make really cute gifts. 🙂
    Sally x
    http://asprinkleofsally.blogspot.com.au/

    1.15.16
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  21. Sanjeev wrote:

    Wao!!!! great work like the previous ones….We are in natural gemstone and understand the value of gemstones. These are so cool stuff. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful creation with us

    2.28.16
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  29. Thanks you

    3.25.16
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  30. Kate wrote:

    These are stunning! Any way you could make this kit into a DIY candle-making kit? I LOVE the look of the stone colors but I would love to keep them as a candle. Any thoughts?
    -Kate

    4.24.16
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    • Erica wrote:

      @Kate YES! You can definitely do this with candles. I would just mimic the same process with wax. Except you’ll want to insert a wick into the middle of your cup with the mixed pieces of wax. Hold the end of the wick out of the cup while you pour your clear and opaque white wax into the cup – and make sure it stays out while the wax sets. Then you can peel open the cup after it’s fully set and carve it into a gemstone. FUN!

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  31. Courtland Kusmierz wrote:

    Brightest Blessings!

    I just received my DIY Honestly WTF (Way Too Fun) Soap Stone Kit and really excited to try … can I add essential oils for scenting these baubles? If so, at what step? And THANK YOU for the cute airplant! 😉 courtland

    7.2.16
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  32. Courtland Kusmierz wrote:

    NVM … LOLOL…saw my answer …however, do I have to use Perfume oils or can I use essential? Thanks so much again!! courtland. <3

    7.2.16
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  33. Abbie wrote:

    Doesn’t the food colouring dye your skin???

    7.26.16
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  34. Cecca wrote:

    Can you use any type of soap or only the vegetable soap? Will it still work?

    8.9.16
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  35. Olesya wrote:

    Dear friends,

    Ole Soaps Manufacturing is the name of our company and we are based in Dubai, UAE.

    We have just open a new factory and we are looking for 2 professional soap makers to come and work for our company.

    We pay for the following:

    1: Flight ticket

    2: Your accommodation is paid by us

    3: We pay for your train/Metro card

    4: Medical insurance

    5: Residence & Work Visa

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    The day your can start work is 1st November 2016.
    Who interesting please text to our mail olesoapsdubai@gmail.com

    Many Thanks

    9.12.16
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  36. Biene wrote:

    I love, love, LOVE this idea! These soaps are so pretty and so easy to make!

    xoxo,Biene
    http://lettersandbeads.de

    10.10.16
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  37. Aariana wrote:

    How do I order a kit? It’s not working for me

    12.27.16
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  38. Megan wrote:

    Where can I find the soap base? Can someone send me a link to it on Amazon possibly?

    1.4.17
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  39. Haneul wrote:

    if you don’t have food coloring, what else do you suggest using?

    5.7.17
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  40. Jessica wrote:

    Hi there I was wondering do you think that this could also work with wax?

    6.29.17
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  41. Fematta wrote:

    Nice Article
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    7.12.17
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  42. Just came across these on Pinterest and they look so fun and beautiful. I can’t wait to give them a try. Thanks for the creations!

    8.20.17
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