General info

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  • Summer decoration
  • Two designs: With raised and folded tail
  • Can be used as hanging decoration
  • Can be used as soap for bathing or washing (remove the plastic eyes)
  • Difficulty: Easy

What you will need

  • Soap
  • Carving or Exacto knife
  • Paring knife
  • Toothpick
  • 4mm plastic eyes
  • Dolphin Template (download here )

Soap info

Lavender mild soap

Used in tutorial

purple soap
  • Not available
  • Purple colour
  • Lavender scented
  • Size: 7.5 cm (3") x 5.5 cm (2-1/8") x 2.3 cm (7/8")
  • Weight: 80 g (3 oz)

Instruction video


Carve a dolphin

1.1 Print the templates and choose a dolphin shape you like.
step 1.1
1.2 Cut out the dolphin template.
step 1.2
1.3 Slice off the soap to create a smooth surface with a carving knife.
step 1.3
1.4 Do the same with the opposite side.
step 1.4
1.5 Place the template onto the soap.
step 1.5
1.6 Trace the dolphin and its eye with a toothpick.
step 1.6
1.7 Cut the dolphin shape along the outline holding your knife at an angle of 90°.
step 1.7
1.8 Cut the dolphin shape out of the soap. Cut off excess soap little by little.
step 1.8
1.9 Cut off the soap vertically when very little excess soap will remain by the actual part of carving.
step 1.9
1.10 Cut the soap little by little between tail and the dorsal fin.
step 1.10
1.11 Mark a dot for the eye on the opposite side.
step 1.11
1.12 Carve a dorsal fin as shown.
step 1.12
1.13 Carve the flippers as shown.
step 1.13
1.14 Remove the soap between the flippers.
step 1.14
1.15 Trim the edge of the body of the dolphin. Do the same with opposite.
step 1.15
1.16 Carve the beak and face.
step 1.16
1.17 Trim the tail and make it narrow.
step 1.17
1.18 Carve the tail fin.
step 1.18
1.19 Draw a tail fin tip outline as shown.
step 1.19
1.20 Cut the soap between tail tips.
step 1.20
1.21 Slice off the fin.
step 1.21
1.22 Carve the eyes.
step 1.22
1.23 (Optional) Carve the mouth.
step 1.23
1.24 (Optional) Add the plastic eyes to the dolphin.
step 1.24

(Optional) Make the hanging decoration

2.1 If you want to use the carving as a hanging decoration, carve a hole in the dorsal fin as shown.
step 2.1
2.2 Thread the ribbon through the hole and tie a knot.
step 2.2
2.3 Done!
step 2.3