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Hang on to your hat’s people! It’s time for mosaic Christmas soap – part two!

a collection of nine square mosaic soap bars with three different Christmas designs

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Table of Contents

My Inspiration for Mosaic Christmas Soap (Part Two)
What You Need to Make Mosaic Christmas Soap (Part Two)
Mosaic Christmas Soap (Part Two) Video Tutorial
Mosaic Christmas Soap (Part Two) Instructions and Printable Tutorial

three Christmas themed mosaic soap bars

My Inspiration for Mosaic Christmas Soap (Part Two)

It’s Christmas!  I am busy putting together a range of handmade gifts and my newest creation is mosaic Christmas soap.

Yes I know I have already shared a mosaic Christmas melt and pour soap project with you, but it was so much fun and I was so inspired that I decided to do a ‘part two’.

Again I’m using this mosaic tile silicone mould.

two hands holding up a mosaic tile silicone mould

However this time I am using a square mould instead of a round one and I am covering the entire surface of the soap bar in mosaic soap tiles.

There are no gaps to fill with soap ‘grout’ this time.  All of the mosaic tiles are sitting flush against each other and the bottom of the square mould.

I settled on three different Christmas-themed designs (as I couldn’t pick just one) and, since my square soap mould had nine cavities, I made three of each design.

The best part is I also used the leftovers and scraps from my last mosaic Christmas soap project by melting them down again and re-pouring them into different-shaped mosaic tiles.

What You Need to Make Mosaic Christmas Soap (Part Two)

Melt and Pour Soap Base

Melt and pour soap is sold as large blocks that you can cut up and then weigh out the amount of soap you need.

I used white melt and pour soap base and clear melt and pour soap base to make my mosaic Christmas soap bars.  Each of my bars weighs approximately 70g (~2.5oz).

Some of the mosaic tiles were poured from clear melt and pour soap base, and some of them were made with a combination of clear and white soap base, as I wanted my mosaic tiles to have a vibrant colour but also be opaque (like the red Santa belt soap tiles).

I used a special ‘no sweat’ formula to avoid glycerine dew beading on the outside of the soap bars.

Don’t forget to add 5-10g for wastage.

Soap Moulds

To make mosaic melt and pour soap bars you need two moulds, one for the tiles and one for the remaining bar of soap.

This mosaic tile mould makes six different patterns of mosaic tiles.  For this project, I used the hexagon, triangle, and square-shaped tiles.

Live outside of the United States? You can also buy this mosaic tile mould from AliExpress.

I used this square cavity soap mould for my soap bars because each cavity measures 6cm by 6cm, which is a perfect fit for my mosaic tile designs.  All of the square and hexagonal tiles fit perfectly snug inside the mould, and the triangle ones have only a small gap around the edge which is hardly noticeable.

You can buy square cavity soap moulds from AliExpress too.

Plastic or Rubber Scraper

You will find filling the mosaic tile silicone mould much easier if you have a rubber scraper on hand to distribute the melted soap base evenly across the mould.

Live outside of the United States? You can also buy rubber scrapers from AliExpress.

a collection of nine square mosaic soap bars with three different Christmas designs

Soap Colouring

I used a combination of liquid soap colouring and coloured micas to make my mosaic soap tiles.

Gold mica and white (pearl) mica are a must for this project, but for the remaining colours (red, green, black) you can use liquid soap colouring or coloured micas (or whatever you happen to have on hand).

I also used eco glitter (optional) to give my hexagonal mosaic soap bars a little bling.

Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils

Scenting your soap is optional, but most of us prefer a pretty smelling soap bar.

I scented my mosaic Christmas soap with peppermint essential oil, but you can feel free to use your favourite combination of essential oils or your preferred fragrance oil.

If you are looking for ideas, check out my list of perfect essential oil soap scents.

Small Glass Measuring Cup

I highly recommend using a small glass measuring cup to pour the mosaic tiles.  An espresso measuring cup (used by baristas) is ideal as it has a double spout, a wooden handle, and can withstand high heat.

Live outside of the United States? You can also buy espresso measuring cups from AliExpress.

Alcohol in a Small Spray Bottle

Alcohol (rubbing alcohol/isopropyl alcohol or vodka) has a number of uses when making melt and pour soap:

  • Spraying the soap with alcohol once it’s poured will remove any bubbles sitting on the soap’s surface.
  • Spraying alcohol between soap layers helps them adhere together.
  • Spraying the soap mould with alcohol before pouring the soap helps the soap spread evenly across the bottom of the mould.
a collection of nine square mosaic soap bars with three different Christmas designs

Additional Materials Required

Kitchen Scales – I’ve used grams in this recipe because the amounts are easier to manage compared with ounces.  Most kitchen scales these days are interchangeable between grams and ounces.  Check your scale’s instruction booklet for how to change your scale to measure in grams and then change it back when finished.

Glass Measuring Jug – You will need a larger (500ml/16oz) measuring jug to melt the white melt and pour soap base.  I have a separate glass measuring jug dedicated to creative projects (soap making, lotion bars, lip balm etc) to avoid any cross-contamination of non-ingestible ingredients with food.  I recommend you do the same.

Metal or Bamboo SkewerSkewers are super handy for positioning the mosaic tiles.  They can also be used for stirring the melted soap base and can be easily cleaned or disposed of.

A Tray Lined with Greaseproof Baking Paper – Position the mosaic tile mould on a piece of greaseproof baking paper on a tray before pouring to allow for easy cleaning up (there will be drips) and transport while the soap is setting.

A Breadboard and a Sharp Knife – For trimming and cutting mosaic soap tiles.  An additional breadboard or tray is also handy for resting your square soap mould on a set of kitchen scales when it is time to weigh out how much soap is being poured into each cavity.

Microwave or Double Boiler – Melt your soap base in either a microwave or a double boiler.

a collection of nine square mosaic soap bars with three different Christmas designs

Mosaic Christmas Soap (Part Two) Video Tutorial

To make it easier for you to grasp the process, I created a video tutorial about how to make mosaic Christmas soap bars (part two).

How to Make Mosaic Christmas Melt and Pour Soap Bars (Part Two)

Want your mosaic Christmas soap to look like mine?

First I made a bunch of mosaic tiles out of melt and pour soap base using a mosaic tile silicone mould:

Triangles

  • 3 lots of white (clear soap base coloured with pearl mica, one lot had a few scraps of white soap base thrown in too).
  • 1 lot of gold (clear soap base coloured with gold mica and a drop of yellow liquid soap colouring).

Hexagons

  • 2 lots of white (clear soap base coloured with pearl mica, one lot had a few scraps of white soap base thrown in too).
  • 1 lot of red (clear soap base coloured with red liquid soap colouring and a bit of white mica for a pearlescent look (I used scraps from previous projects).
  • 1 lot of green (clear soap base coloured with green liquid soap colouring and a bit of white mica for a pearlescent look (again, I used scraps from previous projects).
  • 1 lot of clear glitter (clear soap base with a toothpick’s worth of blue liquid soap colouring (for clarity) with added eco glitter (just the end of a melted-soap-covered skewer dipped into the glitter pot).

Squares

  • 2 lots of red (a combination of clear and white soap base (80/20 ratio) coloured with red liquid soap base)
  • 1 lot of gold (clear soap base coloured with gold mica and a drop of yellow liquid soap colouring).
  • 1 lot of black (clear soap base coloured with black liquid soap colouring and a bit of black mica (I used scraps from previous projects).

I then positioned the tiles (three of each Christmas designs) in the cavities of a square soap mould.

I melted and scented 100g of white melt and pour soap base (includes extra for wastage) and poured 10g of melted soap base on top of the mosaic designs in each cavity to ‘seal’ the designs.

Once the seal was fully set, I poured an additional 40g of melted and scented white soap base into each cavity to complete each bar of soap.

six square mosaic Christmas soap bars wrapped in cellophane bags with Christmas coloured ribbon. one of them has a plain white label on the back.

Mosaic Christmas Soap Bars (Part Two) Printable Tutorial

a collection of nine square mosaic soap bars with three different Christmas designs

Mosaic Christmas Soap (Part Two)

Learn more about how to make mosaic soap with part two of our mosaic Christmas soap collection.
Prep Time 8 hrs
Setting Time 12 hrs
Skill Level Intermediate
Category Melt and Pour Soap
Servings 9 Soap Bars

Equipment

  • Alcohol in a Small Spray Bottle (rubbing alcohol, isopropyl or vodka)
  • Kitchen Scales
  • Glass Measuring Jug
  • Bamboo or Metal Skewer
  • Tray lined with Grease-Proof Paper
  • A Breadboard and a Sharp Knife
  • Microwave or Double Boiler

Ingredients
  

  • 470 g White Melt and Pour Soap Base (includes wastage)
  • 325 g Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base
  • Mosaic Tile Silicone Mould
  • Square Soap Mould
  • Rubber Scraper
  • Small Glass Measuring Cup
  • Soap Colouring
  • Soap Fragrance or Essential Oils (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Set out all of your equipment and ingredients ready to be used.

Mosaic Soap Tiles

  • Place the mosaic tile silicone mould on a tray lined with greaseproof baking paper.
  • Weigh out 25g (~0.9 oz) of clear melt and pour soap base and cut it up into small cubes (this includes 5g for wastage).
    If you wish to pour multiple mosaic tile shapes of the same colour together, then double or triple the amount of soap base accordingly.
  • Put the soap cubes in a small glass measuring cup with a pouring spout.
  • Melt your soap base as per the instructions in a microwave or double boiler.
  • Add the soap colouring (ie liquid soap colouring, coloured mica, or eco glitter) and stir well.
  • Working quickly, pour the liquid soap base into the desired section/s (hexagon, triangle or square) of the mosaic tile silicone mould.
    white, pearlescent soap being poured into a mosaic silicone mould
  • Ensure the soap base covers the entire section of the mould by spreading it around with a rubber scraper and spraying alcohol to break the surface tension and remove any bubbles.
  • Set the soap aside to set for 20 minutes.
  • Once the soap is set, turn the mould over and push out the mosaic soap tiles onto the paper-lined tray while bending and flexing the mould.
    two hands removing green hexagonal mosaic tiles from a silicone mould
  • Clean the mould if necessary and repeat the process to make all of the following tiles:
    – 3 sections of white triangle tiles
    – 1 section of gold triangle tiles
    – 2 sections of white hexagon tiles
    – 1 section of red hexagon tiles
    – 1 section of green hexagon tiles
    – 1 section of clear glitter hexagon tiles
    – 2 sections of red square tiles
    – 1 section of gold square tiles
    – 1 section of black square tiles
    a range of square, triangular and hexagonal mosaic soap tiles in various Christmas colours
  • Use a breadboard and a sharp knife to cut up and trim the mosaic soap tiles if required.
  • Sort the soap tiles by shape and separate the 'part' tiles (i.e. the edge pieces of the triangle and hexagon tiles) from the 'whole' tiles.

Mosaic Soap Bars

  • Place the square soap mould on a tray or breadboard.
  • Start assembling Christmas-themed mosaic tile designs in each cavity of the soap mould.
    a nine-cavity square silicone mould partly filled with Christmas mosaic designs
  • Use a breadboard and a sharp knife to cut the mosaic soap tiles down to smaller shapes if required.
    a pair of hands using a sharp knife to cut up soap mosaic tiles
  • Use a metal or bamboo skewer to carefully push all the mosaic soap tiles to exactly where you want them positioned.
    a hand using a bamboo skewer to position mosaic soap tiles
  • Weigh out 100g (~3 1/2oz) of white melt and pour soap base and cut it up into small cubes. This includes 10g for wastage.
  • Put the soap cubes in a small glass measuring jug with a pouring spout.
    a glass jug full of melt and pour soap base cubes sitting next to a square mould containing mosaic soap designs
  • Melt your soap base as per the instructions in a microwave or double boiler.
  • Scent your soap with fragrance oils or essential oils (optional).
  • Set the soap mould (sitting on a tray or breadboard) on top of a set of kitchen scales and press TARE.
    two hands placing a mould on a set of kitchen scales
  • Spray the surface of your mosaic soap designs with alcohol to help the soap layers adhere to each other.
  • Pour equal amounts (10g) of soap into each mould cavity (resetting the kitchen scales to ‘0’ for each cavity) to completely cover the surface of the mosaic.
    a hand pouring melted soap base from a jug into a square mould
  • Spray the soap with alcohol to remove any bubbles.
  • Allow the thin layer of soap to set.
  • Weigh out 370g (~13oz) of white melt and pour soap base and cut it up into small cubes. This includes 10g for wastage.
  • Put the soap cubes in a glass measuring jug.
  • Melt your soap base as per the instructions in a microwave or double boiler.
  • Scent your soap with fragrance oils or essential oils (optional).
  • Set the soap mould (sitting on a tray or breadboard) on top of a set of kitchen scales and press TARE.
  • Spray the surface of the set soap inside each cavity with alcohol to help the soap layers adhere to each other.
  • Pour 40g (1.4oz) of liquid soap base into each cavity, resetting the scales to ‘0’ between pouring each cavity.
  • Spray the surface of the soap with alcohol to remove any bubbles.
  • Allow the soap bars to set overnight.
    a nine-cavity square soap mould filled with white soap
  • Remove your gorgeous mosaic Christmas soap bars from the mould.
    a pair of hands removing a soap bar from a silicone mould
Tag christmas, Mosaic Soap
a collage image of nine square mosaic soap bars with three different Christmas designs

Enjoy!

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