Have I mentioned that I have such an awesome mother-in-law? Because she is such a great human being, people are naturally drawn to her, and my friends wish she was their mom, even though they love their own mothers. She is the kind of person who celebrates every possible occasion with a gift. Last month, she already ordered ahead for Valentine’s her favorite chrysanthemum-shaped soap, and a black and white one that’s scented with grapefruit and neroli.
I still don’t have the proper packaging for plastic-wrapped soaps, so I had to make-do with what I could find. I wanted the flower-shaped soaps to rest on paper doily, but I couldn’t find small ones. I also didn’t want to use wrapping paper because it’s too thin, and I couldn’t find thick paper with a nice print. I did find, though, this lovely baking cup:
I had to stretch out the cups to flatten them, and using a mason jar ring as a guide, I cut-out circles with a paper cutter. When my friend saw my labor-intensive process, he said that there is a cutter specifically for round shapes. I had no idea! Anyway, i just had to cut 30 pieces, but I did look for that cutter the following day. Sadly, it’s not available in our local stores.
I will have to search where I can find 3.5″ doilies or printed paper boards that I can use as a base for soaps like the ones below. Please let me know if you have a source to share! 🙂 The cut-outs are not perfectly round but I’m quite happy with the way these turned out.
The black and white soaps were much simpler to package. I just used red gross-grain ribbon. I think it would have been cuter if I had a fancier-shaped hang tag for Valentine’s. I totally missed the opportunity to buy the Silhouette Cameo at a discount last December. It would be really nice to have it, but, well, I can live without it. 🙂