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June 11, 2021
Making a Tree Picture Soap

Making a Tree Picture Soap - For President Lincoln's Cottage Museum Store! Today's post is a little different, because I'm going to be talking to you about how I made this beautiful tree picture soap!  This soap is a custom order from President Lincoln's Cottage who requested some soap designs for their gift shop/museum store. […]

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January 31, 2021
Making Valentine's Day Rose Soap

Making a Beautiful Rose Soap for Valentine's Day Today's Mandatory Activity involves creating a rose soap for my shop for part of my Valentine's Day offerings.  I decided to set up the camera so I could record the process and show you guys exactly how I made it.  In the linked video tutorial below, I […]

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September 26, 2020
Making Easy Honeycomb Soap

Easy Honeycomb Melt & Pour Soap! This tutorial will show you how to make a super-easy honeycomb melt and pour soap using a detergent-free honey soap base.  This is a terrific beginner project if you are new to soap-making, or want to try a supervised project with the kids. If you're not a soapmaker, you […]

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August 14, 2020
Woodgrain Soap Tutorial

What's A Woodgrain Soap? The first time I saw a woodgrain soap, I thought there was sorcery involved.  Woodgrain soap is just as it sounds...a soap made with a beautiful woodgrain design.  This tutorial will show you how to do it (or how I did it...and what I would do differently next time)!  Having made […]

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July 25, 2020
Making Giant Gummy Bear Jelly Soap

This Tutorial is Full of Errors. You're Welcome. 🙂 My son and I made awesome giant gummy bear jelly soaps, and had a ton of fun, AND ended up loving how they turned out, but this project was riddled with mistakes. I'm leaving all of the mistakes in this tutorial, so you can avoid them […]

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July 10, 2020
DIY Amethyst Crystal Soap

Are You Mesmerized by Crystal Soaps Like I Am? In this tutorial, I'm going to teach you how you can DIY your OWN amethyst crystal soap! Admittedly, I am not the first person in line for a new trend or craze.  I try my best, but by and large, I'm perfectly happy in my craft […]

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May 30, 2020
Fun and Son-Episode 3: Fish In A Bag Soap

We Made Fish In A Bag Soap! Fish in a bag soap is not a new idea by any means, in fact, it's so popular it's hard to know who to credit with the idea.  Spencer and I tried our hands at it and it was pretty fun, and turned out really well.  Here are […]

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May 15, 2020
The Basics of DIY Soap

Have You Ever Wondered How To Make Your Own Soap? You know the soap I'm talking pick it up at a Whole Foods, or a craft show, or a farmers market and think about how cool it is, and you think "Can I do that?"  Let's run through some of the basics for DIY […]

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I’m Amanda, and I put the AMANDA in A MANDAtory Activity (and I like a good bad pun). I run a blog, A Mandatory Activity, focused on baking and crafting for gatherings and gifts.

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