A cute DIY Mermaid Gift, these Mako Mermaid Tail Soaps are a fun and easy idea for party favors or a cute addition to a little mermaid’s bath routine!
DIY Mermaid Tail Soap Craft
Kids sometimes need a little extra encouragement when it comes to bath time, or even just washing up after some messy activities.
Running a home daycare, I had gotten in the habit of smelling little hands to ensure that soap actually was used in the hand washing process – but after realizing that I could make my life easier by making fun DIY soaps that the kids actually look forward to using, we have one less power struggle and the kids feel trusted and empowered.
These cute Mermaid Tail Soaps are our latest invention, inspired by one of Ella’s favorite TV shows, Mako Mermaids. (And I’ll totally admit – it is one of the few kids’ shows that I actually enjoy watching with her. Total guilty pleasure. If you watched H2O: Just Add Water, this is the sequel series. The cast is set as high school students, but the subject matter is completely appropriate for younger kids – the worst is the occasional kiss and I mean occasional, like once every 3 or 4 episodes and just a very innocent, tame kiss. There’s very little sarcasm and no language/name calling and no scary bits, either!)
The best thing about this recipe is that you can make as many or as few mermaid tail soaps as you like. If you have a few different molds, you can make a bunch of different shapes at once – or you can just surprise your little mermaid with a single mermaid tail soap perched on the edge of the sink. I think they would have made an awesome party favor for our Mermaid Party (just be sure that they are labeled as soaps so no one thinks you made some mermaid tail chocolates to take home…)
Melt and pour soap is easy enough for kids to help make, but ensure that you are there helping and that you check to make sure that the bowl has not overheated or gotten hot melted soap on its’ sides before they touch the bowls. (If you want to avoid them touching the melted soap at all, just have them help count out the cubes of soap and place in the bowl, add the glitter to the mermaid tails, and add drops of the dye to the melted soap – that’s still plenty for them to do until you feel more confident letting them help more.)
We also used this mermaid tail mold to make mermaid tail chocolates to go on cupcakes, mermaid bath bombs, and mermaid crayons. The soaps and crayons were the easiest and most sturdy – the chocolates and bath bombs were a bit of a pain and kept breaking at that narrow point in the tail. The chocolates that broke were easy to fix with a dab of melted chocolate but I would recommend making sea shell bath bombs instead of struggling with the mermaid tail mold for those.)
Materials for Mermaid Tail Soaps
- Melt and pour soap
- Edible shimmer powder or mica powder
- Soap dye (or food dye)
- Silicone mermaid tail mold
- Small bowls
Tip: Mica powder is meant for beauty products, but if you don’t have some on hand or are not likely to use them in other bath products like lotions, sugar scrubs or bath bombs, edible shimmer powder might be more versatile for you. We’ve not had issues with food dye dying hands, but I’ve heard that can happen so we mostly use dye meant for beauty products/soaps. Of course, you can always leave the soaps plain/colorless if you’d prefer.
How to Make Mermaid Tail Soaps
Sprinkle or brush the edible shimmer or mica powder onto the clean mermaid tail mold, less than 1/8 teaspoon per soap.
You will need approximately 2 cubes of melt-and-pour soap per mermaid tail, depending on the size of the mold you are using. That is approximately 4oz of soap each.
Chop up the melt and pour soap into smaller chunks, as shown, to encourage quick and even melting.
Place the soap chunks in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 25 seconds (or according to package directions).
Our soap is always melted completely at this point, but if yours isn’t, give it a good stir and reheat for 10 seconds, as needed.
Add a couple drops of the soap coloring and stir in well.
Spoon the melted soap into the mold to avoid spills. Fill in the thickest part of the mold first, and the soap will naturally start to fill in the rest of the mold.
Let the soap set for approximately 20 minutes to one hour. (Your house temperature and the brand of soap will affect it’s speed of setting.)
Check to see if the soap is completely hard to the touch – if there is any softness or movement, let it set for a bit longer.
Carefully pop the mermaid tail out of the mold, ensuring that you are supportive and careful in any areas where the soap may be a bit thinner (for us it was that narrow area between the hips and tail).
Package the soaps in cute bags if giving as gifts or place on the side of the sink as a surprise!
Grab your free printable for our mermaid tail soaps:
This cute mermaid soap craft is perfect for a mermaid party favor or for encourage little mermaids to suds up and get clean!