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Making a Soap Swan

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This vintage craft can be a cute decoration for a bathroom. This guide is about making a soap swan.
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By 2 found this helpful
April 29, 2008

This is a vintage craft from the 60's made from nylon net and a bar of soap. The kids could help with this one. I think the shape of the Dove soap has changed so you may have to modify the pattern or the bar of soap to complete this project. I have used a bar of Dove from about 20 years ago. I had made it into a swan at that time, and just dismantled it and rebuilt it with fresh materials. I believe you could use any bath bar and, perhaps, carve the edges at the point that makes the tail.
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  1. Stack the nylon net. Lay soap about in the middle and gather it, pulling upward at the end for the tail. Arrange it until you are pleased with the appearance; then fasten tightly with twist tie or yarn.
  2. Using the photo as a guide, insert twisted chenille stem into front of soap and bend it into a curve.
  3. Insert the other end into the Styrofoam ball.
  4. Dip the toothpick into the yellow food coloring about 1/3 of the way. Cut that part, and dip in white glue and push into Styrofoam ball for the beak.
  5. Glue the eyes in place, and add a few flowers at the base of the neck and one on top of the head.
  6. Push the pins into the bottom of the soap in a triangular pattern.
  7. White glue sequins to tail at random, if you like.

By Harlean from Hot Springs, Arkansas

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May 2, 20080 found this helpful

I had forgotten about this craft! We made these as Mother's Day gifts in Girl Scouts! We also did the candles made with a square soap (we always used Cashmere Bouqet because it was cheap and smelled good) and washcloths, with a small piece of ribbon for the "wick". Thanks for bringing back a great memory. My Mom kept the swan in the bathroom as decoration (being a scout leader, she ensured that I used her colors, lol!) for years.

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By 1 found this helpful
January 31, 2017

Who remembers how to put together a swan with vintage rubber swan necks and bar soap and I think yarn. This may have been a craft in the late 70s or early 80s.

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January 31, 20170 found this helpful

I've found a woman (I assume it's a woman) on etsy who is selling a very nice pattern for $3 here: https://www.ets  m_campaign=Share

but here's a free one :) http://www.thri  7773068.tip.html

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February 1, 20170 found this helpful

http://www.thri  1614395.tip.html is this what you were tlaking about?

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February 1, 20170 found this helpful

Thrifty Fun has a swan. It doesn't use the rubber neck, though. Here is the link: http://www.thri  1614395.tip.html

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February 2, 20170 found this helpful

I do not know if you are looking for a crochet pattern to do yourself or if you are just interested in the item but here is one for sale (apparently any color): Take a look as it is beautiful and inexpensive:

https://www.ets  d-crocheted-swan

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By 0 found this helpful
November 17, 2006

I need directions for making a soap swan. I use to make these but its been a long time ago. I know you use a dove shape soap, netting with some bangles attached, but I can't remember how to make the swan's head or the final directions to put it together. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Susan from Bremen, Georgia

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November 17, 20060 found this helpful

I hadn't thought about the Soap Swan for years. But I made them with my kids in the 60's... You are right, you start with a Dove Beauty Bar which was a curved oval shape, and a square of nylon net pulled up to gather at the back for the tail. Glue on sequins for flash, and at the opposite end, you stick in a chenille stem about 4 inches long and curve it for the swan's neck, and stick a small stryofoam ball on the other end. Use a couple black sequins for eyes, and half a round toothpick for a beak. Wish I had the materials on hand to make one and take a picture...perhaps I can add a picture later.

Harlean from Arkansas

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November 17, 20060 found this helpful

Oh, and I forgot one other thing. If the swan doesn't want to sit up straight, put about 3 beads on the bottom. Just push a straight pin through them and space them as necessary.

Harlean from Arkansas

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November 18, 20060 found this helpful

Thankyou Harlean, I am going to make a couple of these for a centerpiece. I can picture them now and know how the head was made, I honestly couldn't remember.One of those "senior moments" Thankyou again

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November 22, 20060 found this helpful

I found these instructions for you.

My Grand mother used to make these when I was a child.

She also made them into fish and other things simpler.

Hope this helps you.

Swan Soap Sachets

Make a soap sachet in the shape of a swan. Take a bar of Dove and wrap it in pale pink tulle or other pretty material. Use a pink pipe cleaner to secure the end and fan out the edge to make the swan's tail. Twist two more pink pipe cleaners together and bend them into the shape of a swan's neck. Glue that to the body of the swan. This is a great little bathroom decoration.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 8, 20080 found this helpful

Harlean from Arkansas, did you ever make up the soap swan? I would L-O-V-E to see it, as I used to make these, too, when I was a little "pioneer" girl and would like to make them again with my granddaughter someday. THANKS!

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January 25, 20100 found this helpful

You don't know how long I have wanted to find someone else who could remember these! I collect ideas for nursing home activity directors. Thank you so much for the discussion. If someone has a picture of one please post it!

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