My grandmother used to make ribbon soap gift baskets, and a while ago, my mother-in-law taught me how to make them. I’m enthusiastic about making them, although, I must say, it’s not easy to make these soap baskets. My "teacher" said: "Practice, practice, practice!" I’m hoping to perfect the skill and use it for both fun and profit one day.
Crafts To Make At Home - Ribbon Soap Baskets
Soap gift baskets make great gifts, especially if you know how to make your own ribbon soap basket. Here's a full step-by-step tutorial.
Making of Ribbon Soap Gift Baskets
What You Need For This Ribbon Project
- Soap bar (the best size is 3.35" x 2.17")
- Straight (metal) pins, preferably glass head pins, or a combination of both – length: 1.2"
- Ribbon for crafts (satin or simple paper curling ribbon) – width: 0.2"
- Bendable plastic ribbon
- You can find cheap soap bars online, for example, at Amazon. Choose a soap with nice fragrance, but if you plan to keep the ribbon soap basket in your wardrobe as moth protection, take lavender soap. You can decide what size to use, but the number of pins you’ll need depends on it.
- If you decide to combine straight pins and head pins, you can put the straight pins on the lower and upper side of the soap, and head pins on the side.
- Bendable plastic ribbon is not easy to find, but you can use similar material in your household and recycle it into basket handles.
Making of ribbon soap gift baskets is done in a few simple steps, but you’ll need practice to wrap the soap with ribbon properly.
- Step #1
Put the pins on the lower side of the soap in a circular or oval form.
- Step #2
Put the head pins around the soap on the side.
- Step #3
Start wrapping the ribbon from the bottom (lower side) toward the pins on the side of the soap (or the other way around, depends on what you find practical). I usually start from the bottom toward the side by wrapping the ribbon around the bottom pin and bringing it up to the next pin on the top. If the pins are not close enough, you can wrap the ribbon around the same pin in order to accomplish the right density or full coverage.
- Step #4
Insert new pins on the upper side of the soap and repeat step # 3.
- Step #5
Decorate the top and the bottom by wrapping the ribbon around one pin, then the next one, and so on. Repeat the process until you have three rows of ribbon around the pins.
- Step #6
Make a handle from bendable plastic; cut it depending on the size of the soap and wrap the ribbon around it. Pin it on both ends on the upper side of the soap (inside the opening made of pins).
Tips On Making Ribbon Soap Baskets
Put the pins close one to another rather than leaving too much space between them. Wrapping the ribbon will be a little harder, but the basket will look rich and much nicer.
Check whether all pins are inserted to the same depth – try to make a balance.
Watch the follow-up video to see the making of ribbon soap baskets.
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In this video my mother-in-law helped me with my first ribbon soap gift basket. The colors aren’t exactly my favorite choice, but we used what we had and it served the purpose. There is always room for experiments and changes to this design.
For my first ribbon soap craft project, I used 1.2" pins, both straight and head pins and a paper ribbon, 0.2" width: 17 on the upper side of the soap, 35 head pins on the side, and 12 straight pins on the lower side of the soap.
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How To Use Ribbon Soap Gifts Baskets
You can keep these anywhere you want in the house; they will make a nice decoration in your hall, living-room, bathroom or even bedroom. If you want to keep the basket in your closet to protect your clothes from moth or you’d like to try out some aromatherapy against sleeping disorders, I recommend lavender. Of course, soap gifts baskets are also nice gifts for any occasion – men may not be thrilled, but women will surely like them!