Stocking Stuffer Gift: Money Soap




About: Once a mechanical and materials engineer that worked on rockets, I am now a stay-at-home mom to three incredible children. I also teach chess to elementary students after school once a week. I first got ho...

I love making soap, especially soap with little toys embedded in it. But this year I thought my nieces and nephews could use a little more motivation to make it through my homemade soaps than little plastic toys they were getting too old for: Cold. Hard. Cash.

This project is inspired from a product listed in one of the many catalogs I receive for holiday gift giving: a real U.S. issued currency inside a soap, all yours for $15 dollars or so. A gamble of sorts, because you could end up with $1, $5, $10, $20, or even a $50 bill (yeah right), for that mere $15 dollars they wanted to sell it. I wanted it for stocking gifts to give my nieces and nephews, but without the hefty price tag.

For this project, you will need:

Melt and pour soap, sold at most craft stores (or you can use pre-colored and scented 100% glycerin soap at the grocery store)

Scent and/or color for soap

Paper currency in the denominations you want

Contact paper

Plastic soap mold (also common at craft stores)

Step 1: Wrap Yo' Money Up

For my bills of choice, I decided not to bother with the $1 or $50 (sorry nieces and nephews, I didn’t have any $50 bills in my wallet at the time), and I tightly rolled up $5, $10, and $20 bills.

I believe that U.S. currency is made out of more of a fabric than a type of paper, and therefore would be waterproof enough to handle embedding in soap, but I still decided to cover each rolled-up bill with contact paper. Plus, the sticky paper kept the bill tightly rolled while the soap was poured over it. I also rolled the bill in such a way to keep the value of the bill from showing on the outside by folding the bill in half first and rolling from the outside open sides in towards the folded edge of the bill.

Step 2: Cover Your Money in Soap

You can pick any color or flavor you wish for your soap, but I would recommend using the clear melt and pour soap rather than the opaque white. You want to be able to tease your recipient with the rolled cash in sight. I chose a nice light greenish color that complemented the color of cash, and scented it with a nice apple floral scent as well.

I placed each rolled up bill in the soap mold container and covered each with the "Melt and Pour” soap melted in a pyrex glass by the microwave. I was careful to only fill the molds halfway with the melted soap because the rolled bill will float in it. Filling the molds all the way to the top would result in the nieces and nephews being able to remove said money only after one time of washing, and I needed to make them work for it.

After the first soap pour has cooled for a bit and formed a thick enough skin on it, you can pour the other half of the soap on top and completely cover the rolled bill without having it float to the top of the mold.

Wait until your soap is completely cooled and solid-to-the-touch before flipping it over and unmolding it from the plastic with slow and steady pressure from your fingers pushing down from above.

Step 3: Put a Label on It

Packaging was simple. A small film of plastic wrap around each soap and a label printed out on plain paper, taped ends together.

All wrapped up and ready to tease the nieces and nephews with the chance of a $5, $10, or even a $20 bill inside.



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    3 years ago

    Omg that's awesome!! Thanks!! :D


    4 years ago

    OMG I love this idea I have to make it thank you.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I'm confused by the contact paper...wouldn't it ruin the money when you tried to peel it off? Or did you wrap it in reverse, with the sticky side out? I've also heard of people just wrapping the money in plastic wrap. It's also a good idea with melt and pour soap to spray it with rubbing alcohol to get rid of bubbles and to make the soap stick better to the item being placed inside as well as adhering the two layers together. (I had a horrible time when I first started playing with melt and pour a few years ago with all my layers coming apart!) Great tutorial!


    4 years ago

    Very nice.
    Im certainly going to make this.
    I put my hot soap in the refrigerator. It gets cold faster and remove easier.
    I don't think anyone makes melt and pour soup. They only use it.
    I have only ever seen 1 instance of a scientist making it from scratch. (like other soap)

    Oh how fun! I too have seen these advertised for too much money - I never thought of making my own. Your instructions are nice and clear. Even though I have never made soap before, I think I could do this!

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    Cool! I hope you try it. It is really easy to do and I know there are other instructables that show how to make soap (even though melt and pour is about the easiest soap to make!).

    This is so much fun, and definitely would have kept me coming back to you for more soap if I was your niece! I love the label so much, so mean and yet so fun!

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    Thank you! I love to make handmade gifts, which when you have little kids they love because you can make them all sorts of things and they are happy to play with a new toy. And adults as well love handmade gifts because they are one-of-a-kind and took time to create. It is the tweens and teens who are hard to make handmade items for sometimes because they just want cash to spend on things like electronic items. I thought this was a great compromise because it still counted as a homemade gift, but also made the kids happy because they ultimately get their cash.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! Yes, I know not an original idea, but I was trying to make it more affordable to make lots of soaps for novelty presents.


    4 years ago

    Love it. I'm always trying too find something else too go inside niece & nephew Christmas baskets /bags because they are all getting older or grown. Handing them money is boring and gift cards are getting ugh to give every year. Thanks for the idea

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Exactly! You understand perfectly why I was making the money soap--to give my nieces and nephews something more exciting than a gift card or cash in a card! When you have so many relatives (kids) that need presents around the holidays, I can't afford to buy large gifts for all of them, so thought this would be fun for them as a different twist on handing them each $10 to spend. And yes, they can take a knife to it to get it out, but eventually the hand soap will get used sitting by the sink.