DIY Goldfish in a Bag Soaps

10 Materials
1 Hour

Learn how to make these DIY goldfish in a bag soaps for a fun addition to your bathroom or to give as party favors!
These DIY goldfish in a bag soaps are so cute and they look like a snap to make. However, as I discovered when I made these the first time, they are a little trickier than I had anticipated and it took me a few tries to get them perfect.
For all of my tips on getting your DIY goldfish in a bag soaps right on your first attempt, be sure to visit the original post for this DIY on my blog, Soap Deli News, here for all the tips as well as direct links to suppliers and materials you'll need for this project.
This project yields one goldfish in a bag soap.
Begin by weighing out the suspension soap base. Cut it into small chunks - so it melts more quickly at a lower temperature - and heat at 50% power in the microwave until almost completely melted through. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.) Watch the soap carefully so it doesn't overheat. If it starts to bubble, remove it immediately from the heat source to avoid overheating.
Now weigh out the fragrance oil using the plastic transfer pipette to add the fragrance directly to the soap base. The pipette will keep you from accidentally adding too much fragrance and keep the fragrance from sliding down the side of the jar. Stir well.
Allow the soap to cool slightly, until a think layer of soap starts to solidify on top of the soap. Mix the soap again then slowly pour the soap into a bag. Be careful to pour the soap directly into the center of the bag so it doesn't hit the sides going down. You may want to stop partially through the process to readjust the bag. If you don't have a steady hand, place the bag in a dish that will hold the bag and still keep it slightly upright.
Place your goldfish in the bag and use a pipette or chop stick to press the fish in the desired position against the very front of the bag. Leave the pipette in the bag to hold the fish in place until the fish stays in place upon removing the pipette.
For a wider based bag, leave the soap to cool with the bag open, then tie closed once the soap has solidified completely. Otherwise, gently gather the top of the bag while the soap is still soft and tie off with baker's twine or ribbon. This will move the soap up the bag and create a slightly narrower base. I did mine both ways and it's really just personal preference.
Mix it up. For "colored" water, add a pinch of superfine emerald green or Caribbean blue glitter when you add the fragrance. You can also substitute the fragrance oil for another of your choice, but be sure it has 0% vanilla and is clear, not yellow.
To use these soaps, simply peel off the plastic and scrub away!
For even more homemade melt and pour soap recipes, visit Soap Deli News blog here.

Suggested materials:

  • 5.5 oz. clear melt and pour suspension soap base
  • .15 oz. Abalone & Sea fragrance oil
  • Vinyl goldfish
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Rebecca D. Dillon

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  • Anna
    on Oct 4, 2019

    Hey, Ms. Dillon: People have been asking you questions about the goldfish in the soap since June. What's up with that? People want to know where the bags can be purchased, and the vinyl goldfish. Many of us are waiting for answers. Thanks, Anna

    • Rebecca D. Dillon
      on Oct 8, 2019

      If you check out the original blog post you can find additional information. I'm not actively posting new projects at this time and this project in particular is 5 years old. That said, some ingredients and materials may need to be sourced elsewhere.

  • Julie Ann
    on Oct 15, 2019

    I see it says vinyl goldfish......good. I cant think of meaner things people do, like using real goldfish in projects......glad you clarified it was vinyl goldfish

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