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Marine Soap Menagerie | Sea Crafts

Marine Soap Menagerie

Total Time Needed: 1-2 Hours

Here's a fun idea that will have all the kids on your family's gift list eager to wash up before dinner - hand soaps that resemble marine animals submerged in a pool of water.


  • Assorted small plastic marine animals (sold in many department and dollar stores)
  • Flexible silicone muffin pan
  • Microwavable clear glycerin soap and soap fragrance (optional; we used Life of the Party brand, sold at many large craft stores)


  1. Place 1 marine animal in each cup of a flexible silicone muffin pan.
  2. Following the package directions, melt a chunk of the soap in a microwave-safe container in your microwave and then add fragrance, if you are using it. Stir the soap to blend any solid bits.
  3. Pour the melted soap into the muffin pan cups, covering the creatures as much or as little as desired. For a fun effect, we left parts of the creatures exposed so that they appeared to be emerging from the "water."
  4. Set aside the pan until the soaps solidify (about 1 hour). Then pop them out of their molds. For an attractive presentation, place 2 or 3 soaps in an inexpensive soap dish and wrap the ensemble in clear cellophane tied with a ribbon.