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My Secret Soap Project – An Army of R2D2 Soaps

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I’ve been working on a secret special project for the past several weeks for a colleague of mine.

She decided a few months ago to throw a family reunion of sorts.  Her guest list included family members and close friends.  It was scheduled for the shortest day of the year (in the Northern hemisphere), December 21st, right smack in the middle of the season of Christmas parties!  To ensure that her guests would remember this party, she picked out a Sci-Fi theme.  It was to be a Sci-Fi Mash Up Family/Friends Reunion.

The Favours

Early on in the planning, I offered to help out with the favour boxes.  My friend was determined NOT to give a gift that would just take up space at her guests’ homes.  She wanted it to be consumable.  I immediately started thinking about all the sci-fi inspired soaps that could be easily made.  I asked her if she minded if I investigated a little bit to see if I could come up with a neat idea.  Of course, the extra added benefit of this approach is that her guests would have a gentle soap that is safer than their regular store-bought soap!

Ice Molds on Double Duty

After a couple of hours searching online, I found a couple of promising options.  Both were ice molds from Star Wars.  One was a mold of Hans Solo and one was an ice mold of R2D2.  I ordered three of each from Think Geek and quickly put together a few samples for my friend to look at.

R2D2 and Hans Solo Soaps

R2D2 and Hans Solo Soaps

We all agreed the grey colour was the best and that the R2D2 soaps were the best for the party.   As much as we liked the Hans Solo soaps, it seemed a little morbid to provide a party favour of someone frozen in ice. So, we agreed to go with the grey R2D2 soaps, scented with Sandalwood.  I used activated charcoal to get the grey colour.

60 “Bars” of Soap Later…

I set out to the task of creating 60 R2D2 soaps.  With only three molds, that meant I had to make 20 successful batches of soap.  It’s true, not every R2D2 came out great.  Sadly, several of them lost their legs in the process.  (Even R2D2 isn’t indestructible!)

An Army of R2D2 Soaps

An Army of R2D2 Soaps

Packaging

R2D2 fit perfectly in these jewelry boxes with a clear top.  I created a “nest” for each soap with some crinkle paper.  Finally, my friend has a great suggestion of adding a silver stretch look to the box to dress it up a wee bit.  I love the result.

R2D2 Favour Boxes

R2D2 Favour Boxes

Favour Boxes

Favour Boxes

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16 thoughts on “My Secret Soap Project – An Army of R2D2 Soaps

  1. How cute are those??

  2. These are great! We love ThinkGeek too! lol Happy New Year Alia!

  3. Love these! My Star Wars mad boys would love these!

  4. Thanks for the comment! They are a fun gift for a Star Wars fan!

  5. WOW!!!! Those came out really nice!!

  6. Am sure you went to bed with a wide grin the day your vision came to light. Great work of art. I like the fact that in our present generation, the gap between art and occupation is thinking.

    • Yes — I was so delighted when I walked into the room and saw all of the R2D2 soaps on the tables. They looked great and I was so proud that it all turned out so well. I love it when we come with creative solutions!

  7. Do you sell them? We’d love to buy!

    • I’m flattered that you would buy them! These soaps were a special order for this event. I’m also not quite set up for sales just yet. If I ever get there, I’ll be sure to make a big deal about it here! Thanks for your support!

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