Country Style Soap And Ribbon Decoration Handicraft From The Past
Handmade crafts of soaps decorated with colourful ribbons and flowers used to be very popular many decades ago. In the 1970s many of these decorated soaps can be found in the craft markets, flea markets and school fetes. People liked to buy these scented decorations to put around their homes. The long lasting fragrance from the soaps also made this piece of decoration very attractive and appealing.
Apart from my own collection of handicraft soaps, I have not seen a similar piece of decorated soap in the craft markets for a very long time. Most people must have forgotten about this amazing piece of handicraft work. It is time to bring back this country style handicraft and show it to those who have not seen it before.
Materials for this handicraft are available from Amazon.com
What Items To Use
You will need the following materials :
- One bar of soap - choose a soap with a nice fragrance.
- Craft pins - the pins need to have big pinheads.
- Ribbons - preferably two different colours, I will be using white and purple ribbons to decorate the soap to be shown on this page.
- Scissors for cutting the ribbons.
- Needle and thread for fastening the ribbons.
- Craft flowers for decoration.
- A glue gun.
How To Get Started
Insert the pins (equally spaced out from each other) on the top of the soap following its overall shape. I usually arrange the pins in an oval shape which is generally the shape of most soaps. Do the same with the bottom of the soap.
How to Wrap The Soap with Ribbons
Take the white ribbon and secure it to the top of the soap with one of the pins. Start wrapping the soap by holding the ribbon down towards the bottom of the soap. Wrap the ribbon around the bottom pin and bring the ribbon up to the next pin on the top. Wrap the ribbon around the pin and repeat the wrapping process until the sides of the soap are covered with the ribbon. Fasten the loose end of the ribbon by stitching it around a pin with a needle and thread. Trim off excess ribbon.
How To Decorate The SoapClick thumbnail to view full-size
Decorate the Top and Bottom
Next take the purple ribbon and pin it to the top the soap. Wrap the ribbon around the nearest pin followed by the next pin and so on. Continue wrapping the pins until every pin has been wrapped. Then continue with another round of wrapping the pins on the top so that there are two layers of the ribbon on the pins. Finish off by stitching up the ribbon and trimming off the excess.
Gently push the pins into the soap so that only the pinheads can be seen.
Wrap the pins on the bottom of the soap in the same way.
Craft materials available from Amazon.com
Decorating the Side
To decorate the side of the soap, insert pins around the perimeter of the soap that is covered with ribbon. Wrap the purple ribbon around the pins in the same way as the top and bottom. This time the ribbon will go around the soap three times wrapping the pins. Finish off by stitching up the loose end of the ribbon. Push the pins into the soap in the same way as before.
Decorate the top of the soap with some craft flowers. Use a glue gun to attach the flowers to the soap.
Put a decorated soap in each room and enjoy the fresh fragrance in your house. These beautiful country style soap decorations also make great gifts for family and friends.
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