Country Style Soap And Ribbon Decoration Handicraft From The Past

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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 Soap

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Insert pins on the top of a bar of soapPins on top and bottom of soapPin the white ribbon to the soapWrap the white ribbon around the top and bottom pinsThe sides of the soap are covered with the white ribbonPin the purple ribbon down before wrapping the pinsStart wrapping the ribbon around the pinsNotice the pins have two layers of purple ribbonPush the pins down into the soapInsert pins on the side of the soapStart wrapping the pins on the side with the purple ribbonA country style decorated soapMore country style soap decorations
Insert pins on the top of a bar of soap
Insert pins on the top of a bar of soap | Source
Pins on top and bottom of soap
Pins on top and bottom of soap | Source
Pin the white ribbon to the soap
Pin the white ribbon to the soap | Source
Wrap the white ribbon around the top and bottom pins
Wrap the white ribbon around the top and bottom pins | Source
The sides of the soap are covered with the white ribbon
The sides of the soap are covered with the white ribbon | Source
Pin the purple ribbon down before wrapping the pins
Pin the purple ribbon down before wrapping the pins | Source
Start wrapping the ribbon around the pins
Start wrapping the ribbon around the pins | Source
Notice the pins have two layers of purple ribbon
Notice the pins have two layers of purple ribbon | Source
Push the pins down into the soap
Push the pins down into the soap | Source
Insert pins on the side of the soap
Insert pins on the side of the soap | Source
Start wrapping the pins on the side with the purple ribbon
Start wrapping the pins on the side with the purple ribbon | Source
A country style decorated soap
A country style decorated soap | Source
More country style soap decorations
More country style soap decorations | Source

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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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

How fun! There are so many ways to customize this project with different colors and embellishments.


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lady rain 5 years ago from Australia Author

randomcreative, you are absolutely right. You can have different themes for each project and customize them for different occasions if you are making them as gift items.


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vox vocis 4 years ago

I'm so happy to have found this hub because I've been wondering how to make these soap decorations for a long time now. My grandma used to make them, but unfortunately she is no longer with us to show me how it's done. Her soap decorations were somewhat different, but yours are lovely, too. I must give this a try :)


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

vox vocis, these soap decorations are my own designs. If you can remember how your grandma's soap decorations looked like, maybe you can try to decorate the soaps similar to your grandma's designs. It would be great too if you can share those designs in your hubs.


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vox vocis 4 years ago

I'll try and if I succeed, I'll be happy to share my grandma's design with you :)


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

vox vocis, I am looking forward to seeing those designs, thanks!


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vox vocis 4 years ago

I finally made the soap basket as my grandma used to do it - my mother-in-law taught me, and the design is pretty much the same as yours. The difference is that they used paper ribbons and made the soap look like a basket. I took some photos of the design and hope to write a hub about it soon :)


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

vox vocis, great to hear from you again. I have made "basket-0f-flowers" soaps many years ago when I first learnt how to make them. I have tried making different designs and kind of liked this one I have in my hub. It would be nice to see those little baskets again and I can't wait to read about them in your hub. I am sure they are beautiful!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

How lovely these are. I would love it if someone took the time to make me one. The directions and pictures are very helpful. Pinned. thanks for sharing..

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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lady rain 3 years ago from Australia Author

pstraubie48, if you show this hub to your friends, maybe one of them might make a couple of these for you :) Thank you for leaving a comment here and pinning, and the Angels. Sending the Angels to you, too.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I have never seen these before. There are many things I think we use to see in craft markets that we don't see now.

Very nice voted up.


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lady rain 3 years ago from Australia Author

moonlake, I used to receive handmade gifts like these when I was little and they were so special to me during those days when we don't get many presents. Thank you for your kind comment :)


Marina 3 years ago

I make soap baskets to, my grandma used to do them


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

I've not seen these in the past but they definitely have that retro look about them that can be such fun to use in decorating. Thanks for the instructions!


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I think I remember seeing these. Very nice old craft! You could use scented soaps to smell good. Pinning this!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These are really cute. I love the idea of making these decorative soaps as gifts and for the fun of it. Your pictures and instructions were great.


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craftybegonia 2 years ago from Southwestern, United States

That is very cute. Would make wonderful gifts!

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