Thursday, September 26, 2013

Little Pumpkin Baby Shower Favors

For the Little Pumpkin Baby Shower coming up I spent the day drinking pumpkin lattes and making pumpkin pie soap while my kiddos watched Spookley the Square Pumpkin.... aah fall is here!

I'm pretty pickled with how the DIY soap turned out. I wrapped it up in scrapbook paper, wrote on it, and tied it with some raffia. 

Want to make your own pumpkin pie soaps for your own Little Pumpkin Baby Shower? It's pretty easy... and if I did it again I would make it even easier on myself, so learn from my experience! 

The first step in making the pumpkin soap favors was to buy some glycerin soap (it was $10 at Hobby Lobby, but I used a 40% off coupon on my iPhone, and it made about 20 bars of soap.)

Put a few cubes of the soap and a gloop (about a tablespoon) of pumpkin pie mix (the stuff that comes in a can) into a tupperware and microwave it. I did 40 seconds for 2-3 cubes. 

When it's all melty mix it and pour it into whatever containers you want. If I did this again I would go buy some tiny paper bowls or square tupperwares or something, maybe a giant box of those individual cereal boxes? But as I didn't think about it, I folded foil into little squares. 

I considered using tea boxes, as you can see, but in the end went with the foil. It was pretty easy. Luckily we are remodeling our master bathroom and just finished making the shower pan liner, so I knew how to fold my foil :)  The foil was kind of cool because every bar turned out a bit unique. 

I sprinkled a bit of pumpkin pie spice on the pumpkin soap bars when they were done, but don't think that step was necessary either. 

One morning and about $6 later (I already had the pumpkin pie mix from making about a million homemade pumpkin spice lattes a week!) and I have 20 bars of homemade pumpkin soap for our Little Pumpkin Baby Shower favors! They really do smell like pumpkin pie, too! Good enough to eat. 

What I learned: It would have gone a lot faster if I didn't have to make 20 little foil squares, so next time I'd look into buying some sort of food that came in square packages... cereal boxes, juice boxes... something. Also, if I was throwing a larger Little Pumpkin Baby Shower I would totally not wrap them, but just put them in a glass apothecary jar with a sign and some little white paper bags for guests to take them home.

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