Saturday, December 12, 2009

Fun Friend Gift For Kids

It snowed ALL day today and felt so Christmasy, I loved it! After a little Christmas shopping, sledding and hot cocoa, Nater Gater and I sat down to make his friend gifts. This is not a new idea, in fact every one of our older kids made this same gift for their friends when they were little. But maybe some of you haven't ever seen it, so I thought I would share.
How To Make Money Soap

You will need:
  • Clear glycerin soap and soap dye (I got both at Michael's).
  • Some sort of mold. I used a Christmas tree cupcake mold but you could use ice cube trays, muffin tins, really any small container.
  • Coins.
The glycerin will come in a great big block. Cut it into small squares. It is soft enough that Nate could cut through it with a butter knife, otherwise I would have done the cutting.

Put glycerin cubes in a microwave safe bowl and melt according to directions on the box.

Add desired color and stir.

Carefully pour melted glycerin into molds. It is hot so you might want to do this part if your children are very little.

Slip coins into the soap before it begins to harden. If you have waited too long just skim the hardened top off and slip the coin in.

Nate used the left over soap to make himself a funky tie died bar in a condiment bowl. He put a couple of drops of blue into the green glycerin and swirled it around a little with a knife. You can't really tell in this picture, but it looked kind of cool.

The soap hardens up after about a half an hour. We'll slip them in cellophane bags with a wash cloth and call it good!


  1. I actually hadn't seen this before. It's like a "money tree"! Fun.

  2. Love this...I am so happy to have a few hours to catch up on blogs...I am finally finished with trees. New pictures are up on the Christmas blog! then

    read about a miracle and forward on to anyone that is feeling hopeless....Christmas is the season of miracles..

  3. What a fun idea! I'll have to remember this! :)

  4. Okay Bobbie, I met you at the Mindy Maes. I LOVE this idea!!! Having 4 boys I am often at a loss for what to get their friends! Fab idea!!