Not sure what to do with the dolls lying around from your daughter used to play with them? This is an edgy, sort of gross/sort of fun, soap project utilizing old plastic dolls. Perhaps it’s a perfect transition for your teen to say good bye to her younger years and herald a new era. Or perhaps, it’s just a creepy project I dreamed up as a second-date activity with my now-husband (true story. He didn’t even bat an eye). Craft Lab (the HGTV show) asked me to design an edgy soap project to pitch to their producers. This is what I came up with:
What you need:
Dismembered plastic doll
1 pound (16 ounces) Bramble Berry melt and pour soap, clear
1 ounce Pearberry Fragrance Oil
Soap mold (or Tupperware or anything you find like an empty yogurt
1. Dismember your doll. They come apart surprisingly easy. And, once you get over the slightly creepy factor of dismembering a doll, it’s also satisfying to say goodbye to your past and hello to your teen and adult years.
2. Cut the melt and pour blocks into 1 x 1″ cubes.
3. Melt the soap in 30-second increments until the soap is fully melted. Stir if there are any big chunks.
4. Add .25 ounces to .50 ounces of fragrance or essential oil. Remember, if you use a yellow or orange colored fragrance, your soap base will look less clear and look more yellow/orange. That’s why I suggested Pearberry. It stays completely clear.
5. Pour the soap base halfway up into your mold.
6. Spritz your dismembered doll part with rubbing alcohol.
7. Embed your doll head, limb or torso into the soap.
8. Pour the rest of the soap all the way up.
9. Do one final rubbing alcohol spritz to make sure there are no stray bubbles on the top of the soap.
Wait for the soap to harden, wrap with saran wrap, label and watch for the varied reactions your dismembered soap creations get.
On a personal note, I’m in San Diego for a long weekend for my brother-in-law’s wedding. Hair and make up starts at 5 a.m. on Saturday morning (eek!). I’m hoping to have a bit of time to sneak away to post photos of our fun. My hubby and I are thinking we might go on a roller coaster later today. Neither of us have been on one in over a decade so if you listen hard around noon, you just might hear us screaming.
Paula, I’ve totally seen Mark Ryden’s work before. It’s very creepy and I agree, the dismembered dolls definitely remind me of his work.
I agree – totally creepy yet sort of funny, cool and very eye catching! =)
kind of creepy
Vegan Girl (Roni Seabury) says
This one kind of freaks me out 🙂
What a hoot! You rock!
Paula Kates says
HAHAHA, I LOVE it. How gloriously twisted this is. Embedded body parts of our childhood dolls. It reminds me of one of my favorite artists: Mark Ryden http://www.markryden.com/paintings/index.html
That is twisted !! Love it !!
that barbie head soap looks demonic! My kids and I agree, you might be slightly demented. So we will follow your blog!
Vinca Leaf Quilts says
LOL! That totally made my morning!!
Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill says
I was as Barbie nut. I had an antique one, my first Barbie, and one of the original’s issued. My sister didn’t like her because her head popped off pretty easily. And my sister (12 years younger than me), was the recipient of my collection. She threw the vintage Barbie away!!!
Anne-Marie, I think a birdie told me that you like cupcakes. You need to check Elaine’s blog out: http://blogbriallen.blogspot.com/ .The latest post made me rather hungry!
Those are so funny! I have got to find some old doll parts!
Think it’ll freak out my toddler?? No, she’ll just think its funny!
Carmen Rose says
Fantastic creepy goth soap! LOL!
HAHA! I love it AM!
The Dirty Business Bath Co. says
The Barbie head soap is the most creepy/awesome thing ever.
Hrm… methinks I need to hit the dollar store to pick up some Barbie knock offs…
Or I might just wait and make this a Halloween project. 🙂
What fun and you are being kind to the earth by recycling! I love Barbie’s head in the soap. I would love to see some Bratz doll heads in the soap. They are creepy on their own…
It makes me want to go hit up all of the Good Wills around here, because there is nothing cooler than Barbie parts
Teresa R says
This is so Sid from Toy Story 1…LOL! My boys, while gentle with their toys, thought this was really hilarious!
This is funny! I love it. My granddaughter has so many McDonald’s toys. Maybe I can do something with them for her.
Thanks for the great idea!
takin’ a break from bank recs
and tax ennui….
this is hysterical!!!!!!
just yesterday i spent 1 1/2 hours
at target in their sale aisle looking at junk…what i call junk
but what my kitten craves…junk.
anyways, i came home with about
30 USD in wrappings stuff and embeds for a little girl’s soaping
party. for sometime during spring break. got rubber erasers, gel stick ons, beads inside little plastic hearts.
but this…THIS! kinda looks like what a Big Brother would do to a
Little Sister that he wanted to Torment!!!!!
I think it is a great GREAT idea!
(Hmmm, maybe I will invite some
Big Brothers to come too?) They just might get some sick satisfaction out of this project!
just so happens, my little kitten
the Tweenie has tons and TONS of barbie, ken, polly pocket ad infinitum in her stockpile of yesteryear toys.
i, in my reluctance to admit she is in fact growing up, have been hesitant to throw them away!
a great, albeit somewhat “sicko”
fun idea! Thanks!
Have a wonderful time with hubby!
You deserve every minute! My hometown is 60 miles north of that beautiful place…..beaches, mexican food to die for…..crashing waves…etc