28 January 2009

Sometimes The Google Lies

Last week, while watching Monkey cover himself in washable doodles just before bath time, it occurred to me that he might be ready for soap crayons.

Sure, I could buy them from the nice people at Crayola, but why buy when I can make?

So I did what any self-respecting crafty blogger does.

I Googled.

Google said this was all I needed to provide my darling child with hours of bath time fun.

I set about grating the soap in to flakes.

It stuck.

A lot.

Plus I was left with tiny chunks which could not be grated without losing a significant portion of my fingertips, so I minced them and tossed them in.

(Soap chunks, not fingertips.)

Added a little hot water at a time, constantly stirring.

Don't let the picture fool you. It is not liquid. It is foam.

No amount of stirring would make it liquid. I even tried to microwave it for a few seconds.

That only seemed to make it angry.

Undaunted, I divided the mush into four bowls and added the food coloring.

Then pasted it in to the popsicle molds.

And wondered what all that dye was going to do to my fair skinned child.

I briefly froze the molds to help them firm up, then turned them out to dry.

For three days.

At the end of which, they resembled decaying fruit more than soap crayons.

But it's what's inside that counts, right?

Unless what's inside is air bubbles and mush.

Lessons learned:

1. Sometimes it is better to buy it.

2. Sometimes The Google LIES.


  1. t.allen-mercado28 January, 2009 00:06

    Oh no! I would've been NUTS-you waited 3 days?! Sue the Google!

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  2. your post make me laught. I also thought i was making a big crafty thing, by making a apron to nicole, after all, mommy made this, rigth? Now the time that took me to find fabric, the petrol, the time of cutting, measure, sewing...well at the end i think i spent more money then if i actualy order from school. So there you are, the stuburn crafty mommys in action!!!

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  3. HA! I love it :)
    I've totally had those experiences. New crafts are nothing if not an adventure :)

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  4. Oh dear...naughty Google! (Those last pics do look a little sad...)

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  5. That does look like a nightmare craft!

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  6. Nikki/whimsylove28 January, 2009 17:00

    Oh no. I'm sorry, but I totally laughed out loud! Hey, I've been there MANY times. It's so frustrating. I enjoyed your journey anyway!

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  7. This was toooooo funny! It would never even occur to me to try and make bathtub crayons instead of buy them. And something on the Internet isn't accurate? I'm shocked!!!!!!

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  8. Great photos by the way......but yes, sometimes it's better to buy. But kuddos for trying. I am impressed

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  9. Oh my goodness! Art project gone wrong! I know that feeling, how frustrating, but a funny post nonetheless.

  10. Thanks for sharing! That's one I will be glad I can't find the ingredients for!


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