Archive | October 2014

Fall Pumpkin Soap Project


This is a fun Fall project- little pumpkin soaps. These cute little soaps are made using the hand milled method of soap making. This method requires bars of pure, white, unscented soap. You can buy them at your local drug store. Make sure they are unscented. Usually hand-milled soap recipes require the additives such as herbs, cocoa butter, shea butter, etc., But since this is a project for decoration purposes, we’ll keep it simple and fun. For this project you will need:

2 bars of unscented, white soap

1/2 cup water

A kitchen grater

A bowl

Pumpkin scented soap fragrance

A wooden spoon

A double boiler

Non-toxic acrylic soap paints in orange, green, and black

Artist paint brushes

In a bowl, shred the bars of white soap with your grater until you get 2 cups of shredded soap.



Add the water to the shredded soap. Place the soap/water into a double boiler and place on the stovetop range with medium heat. The soap will slowly begin to absorb the water. You may stir gently with a wooden spoon but remember not to mix too quickly because bubbles may form. The mixture will begin to thicken. As the water becomes absorbed, the mixture will start to become stringy. This is normal.


When it reaches this stringy stage, remove it from the heat and add 15 to 20 drops of pumpkin fragrance oil and stir until it is equally distributed and absorbed. Make sure that the fragrance oil you are using is safe for the skin. The soap mixture will be thick and clumpy and when the mixture cools enough to touch, take parts and form them with your hands into little balls. While the mixture is still soft and pliable, take little pieces and roll and shape them with your thumb and index finger into little tubular shapes and attach them on top of the balls to form stems. After you have used up the whole mixture and shaped all of the pumpkins, place them on a rack and let them dry for a few days. When they are dry, take your acrylic soap paints (you can use regular non-toxic acrylic paint but the problem is that it won’t adhere as well to the surface of the soap, so you’re better off using soap paint.) and paint the pumpkins orange and the stems green and if you want to you can even paint little faces on them. When they are dry, you will have adorable and fragrant little pumpkin soaps.



Fall Decor Items


Shades of bright Fall colors like oranges, yellows, reds, and greens are fantastic for decor ideas. You can arrange pretty and colorful Fall items to make wonderful and creative displays. Pumpkins of course are a staple for Fall and you can enhance your pumpkin displays with colorful flowers and leaves. You can use natural Fall leaves or artificial ones that you can find in crafts stores and even dollar stores. Acorns and pinecones are also great additions.

You can add some natural fragrance to your displays by using dried whole fruit and fruit slices.  Dried whole slit oranges (pictured above) look and smell fantastic and they’re perfect for a Fall display. You can also use dried orange slices and dried apple slices and enhance their scents by adding fragrant whole spices that have Fall-ish colors like tans, browns, and oranges. Some great choices are whole nutmeg, anise stars, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and mace.

Fall is a season for wonderfully scented candles like pumpkin pie spice, vanilla sugar, maple sugar, and a variety of other yummy bakery scents. Whether they’re jar candles, pillar candles, or votives, they look great among Fall displays. You can even get pumpkin pie scented candles that are actually shaped like pies (pictured above) topped with whipped cream wax and they give a unique and charming look to your displays.

Other Fall accents that can round off your displays are scarecrows, gourds, and berries. There are also these cute little pods that are called putka pods (pictures above) that are perfect little Fall accents because they’re orange and shaped like mini pumpkins. They’re actually the fruit of the Glochidion Ferdinandi tree, also known as the cheese tree. The little fruit are dried and used in crafts. They don’t actually have a scent in and of themselves but they’re commonly used in scented crafts like Fall potpourris and fixins blends and even by themselves displayed in a bowl and sprinkled with fragrance oil.

All of these wonderful colorful crafty items can be arranged either by themselves and a few at a time for small displays, or they can be arranged all together in one large display to give your home or office (or wherever else you want) a nice warm colorful Fall feel. I hope this post inspired your creativity.


* If you’re going to use candles in your displays, please use caution especially if they’ll be around flammable items like dried leaves, flowers, etc., If you light them, make sure not to leave the lit candles unattended.