This is another classic craft for my family. For a few years there, it seemed like at least one person got soap on a rope for Christmas. And it’s not a bad present. The soap feels great – the oatmeal and oil are soothing, and the scent of the soap is refreshing.
This is also a super simple craft with a reasonably fancy result, which makes it great for kids. With an adult’s help to work the blender, the entire rest of the project is as tough as playing with playdough. That’s probably the biggest reason we kept getting soap on a rope for gifts. My brothers loved making it!
Start by roughly chopping up your bar of soap. Don’t worry about how this part turns out, since you’re planning to stick the whole thing in your food processor anyway 🙂
Once the soap is chopped, put it and the oatmeal into a food processor or blender.
Next, pulse until you get a fine powder. It will look like this:
Now pour your powder into a bowl and add the oil, water, and essential oils. It’s easiest to use your hand to mix this all together.
Now you get to form the soap into a ball. Remember to leave a deep, deep hole in the center. You want it to be deep, because if it’s too shallow, your rope will pull out of it, which causes kind of a disaster.
Now loop a piece of rope or twine over and knot it. Push the knot deep into the soap and form the soap around it. Place it on a plate to dry for about 24 hours, and that’s it folks!