Layered Hidden Dinosaur Soaps Recipe

Making your own soaps with fun themes is a great way to get kids excited about washing their hands, and these dinosaur soaps are one of our favorites.

With these dinosaurs popping up from three layers of colored soap, hand hygiene has never been so much fun!

We will take you step by step through this kid friendly soap making recipe and once you’ve made the first batch you can even try a few different color combinations – whatever you like!

diy soap with hidden dinosaurs for kids

These dinosaur soaps are great as a home made gift idea for kids, for stocking fillers, party bags or just because 🙂

Kids all of ages will love the novelty factor of these handmade dinosaur soaps – they are so cool.

For younger kids, it will definitely encourage more regular hand washing as they will wear down the soap and gradually set the dinosaur figure free, to join their own dinosaur collection.

how to make your own dinosaur soap

This works great for potty training or toilet training, as you encourage your toddler to wash their hands after they go potty and make it fun with this cool new soap!

Supplies Needed for the Layered Soaps with Dinosaurs

supplies for soap making dinosaur soaps

(Amazon affiliate links are included, for your convenience. You may be able to find similar supplies elsewhere if you prefer)

  • 1-pound of unscented clear melt & pour soap (You can find it at many local craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, as well as online or local soap supply stores)
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil 
  • Dark and light blue mica colorant (I get mine in this set from Amazon)
  • Black mica colorant (See above)
  • **Root Beer scented oil (I get mine in this set for kids from Amazon)
  • ½ teaspoon black cosmetic (skin safe) glitter (I get mine from this set from Amazon
  • 1-2 tablespoons poppy seeds (depending on how many “seeds” you’d like (You can buy from the grocery store, but they are also available on Amazon)

Equipment Needed to Make the Soaps

  • Silicone mold (I get mine from Amazon)
  • Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
  • 1 small bowl
  • 3 microwave safe measuring cups
  • Plastic dinosaur figure (I get mine from Amazon)

These instructions makes 3 of the 3 ounce, 3” size bars (approximate measurements), increase quantities as required for example if you want to make a whole batch for party favors at a dinosaur theme party.

Directions for How to Make the Soap’s Exfoliation Layer

Add the glitter, ½ teaspoon of black mica colorant and poppy seeds to a small bowl.

supplies for exfoliant layer making soap

Mix them all together.

mixing ingredients for soap

In 3 microwave safe measuring cups, evenly divide the clear melt & pour soap.

Add 5 drops of the scented oil and 1 teaspoon of olive oil to each measuring cup.

Starting with the bottom layer (I repeat this step when ready for the next layer, so I don’t have to re-heat the soaps), heat in 30 second bursts.

Stir in between each. Continue until completely melted. Add 1 teaspoon of the black mica.

Stir well.

ingredients for soap

Next, spray each cavity of the soap mold with the rubbing alcohol. 

spray soap mold with rubbing alcohol

Pour just enough soap into each cavity until it covers the bottom.

Set the soap aside.

Sprinkle enough of the mixture from Step 1 to cover the bottom of each cavity.

Allow the soap to harden. 

using a mold to make soap

Once the soap is hard, spray each cavity with the rubbing alcohol.

Place one dinosaur in the middle of each cavity.

Pour another thin layer of the soap over the glitter mixture, just enough to cover the feet of the dinosaur.

Spray with the alcohol and allow the soap to harden.

The use of the rubbing alcohol in between layers is to help them stick together.

dinosaur soap making

Directions for the Dark Blue Soap Layer

Melt the soap in the 2nd measuring cup as directed in Step 3.

Add 1 teaspoon of the darker blue mica colorant. (Or, if you don’t have a dark and light shade of blue, add 2 teaspoons of the blue for this step.

making blue soap for kids

Spray the black soap layer in each cavity of the mold with the rubbing alcohol.

Add the dark blue soap mixture to each cavity of the mold, filling to the halfway mark of the remaining space in each cavity.

Spray again with the rubbing alcohol. Allow to harden completely.

step by step soap making

Directions for the Light Blue Soap Layer:

Melt the soap in the 3rd measuring cup just like you did in Step 3.

This time, add 1 teaspoon of the lighter blue mica colorant.

If you don’t have a dark and light shade of blue, add ½ teaspoon of the blue for this step.

making soap

Spray the dark blue soap layer in each cavity of the mold with the rubbing alcohol.

Add the light blue soap mixture to each cavity the mold, filling just shy of the top of each cavity.

Spray again with the rubbing alcohol.

Spraying the alcohol on the top layer is to prevent bubbles from forming.

Allow everything to harden completely.

how to make dinosaur soap

Gently pop the soaps from the mold and enjoy!

dinosaur soap

These handmade soaps make hand washing or bath time so much fun for children!

If you have spare dinosaur figures left over, check out our list of games to play with toy dinosaurs, or sensory play ideas with toy dinosaurs.

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How to make layered hidden dinosaur soap

How to make layered hidden dinosaur soap

How to make your own dinosaur soap, with three layers. Step by step instructions for easy soap making

Materials

  • 1-pound of unscented clear melt & pour soap
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • Dark and light blue mica colorant
  • Black mica colorant
  • **Root Beer scented oil
  • ½ teaspoon black cosmetic (skin safe) glitter
  • 1-2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Tools

  • Silicone mold
  • Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
  • 1 small bowl
  • 3 microwave safe measuring cups
  • Plastic dinosaur figure

Instructions


    Directions for the Exfoliation Layer

  • Steps 1-2: Add the glitter, ½ teaspoon of black mica colorant and poppy seeds to a small bowl. Mix.
  • Step 3: In 3 microwave safe measuring cups, evenly divide the clear melt & pour soap. Add 5 drops of the scented oil and 1 teaspoon of olive oil to each measuring cup. Starting with the bottom layer (I repeat this step when ready for the next layer, so I don’t have to re-heat the soaps), heat in 30 second bursts. Stir in between each. Continue until completely melted. Add 1 teaspoon of the black mica. Still well.
  • Step 4: Spray each cavity of the mold with the rubbing alcohol.
  • Step 5: Pour just enough soap into each cavity until it covers the bottom. Set the soap aside. Sprinkle enough of the mixture from Step 1 to cover the bottom of each cavity. Allow the soap to harden.
  • Step 6: Once the soap is hard, spray each cavity with the rubbing alcohol. Place one dinosaur in the middle of each cavity. Pour another thin layer of the soap over the glitter mixture, just enough to cover the feet of the dinosaur. Spray with the alcohol and allow the soap to harden.


Directions for the Dark Blue Soap Layer:

    • Step 7: Melt the soap in the 2nd measuring cup as directed in Step 3. Add 1 teaspoon of the darker blue mica colorant. (If you don’t have a dark and light shade of blue, add 2 teaspoons of the blue for this step).
    • Step 8: Spray the black soap layer in each cavity of the mold with the rubbing alcohol. Add the dark blue soap mixture to each cavity of the mold, filling to the halfway mark of the remaining space in each cavity. Spray again with the rubbing alcohol. Allow to harden completely.
      Directions for the Light Blue Soap Layer:
    • Step 9: Melt the soap in the 3rd measuring cup as directed in Step 3. Add 1 teaspoon of the lighter blue mica colorant. (If you don’t have a dark and light shade of blue, add ½ teaspoon of the blue for this step).
    • Step 10: Spray the dark blue soap layer in each cavity of the mold with the rubbing alcohol. Add the light blue soap mixture to each cavity the mold, filling just shy of the top of each cavity. Spray again with the rubbing alcohol. Allow to harden completely.
    • Gently pop the soaps from the mold and enjoy!


    Notes

    The use of the rubbing alcohol in between layers is to help them stick together. Spraying the alcohol on the top layer is to prevent bubbles from forming.
    Makes 3-3 ounce, 3” size bars (approximate measurements)

    Full instructions and step by step photos on intheplayroom.co.uk

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