General info

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  • Can be used as soap for bathing or washing
  • Difficulty: Easy

What you will need

  • Soap (white or yellow are the best)
  • Carving or Exacto knife
  • Paring knife
  • Binder Clip
  • Toothpick
  • Cutting board
  • Tiger Template (download here )
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Paint brush
  • Plastic eyes (optional)

Soap info

COW bath size soap (blue box)

Used in tutorial

COW bath soap
  • Available
  • COW brand
  • Floral scented
  • Size: 8.7 cm (3-1/2") x 5.8 cm (2-1/4") x 3 cm (1-1/8")
  • Weight: 130 g (5 oz)

Oval lemon soap

Used in tutorial

oval lemon soap
  • Available
  • Lemon scented
  • Size: 7 cm (2-1/4") x 3.8 cm (2-1/4") x 2.8 cm (1-1/8")
  • Weight: 45 g (1.59 oz)

Instruction video


1. Thinly cut off the top and bottom of the soap to create flat surfaces.
step 1
2. Place the tiger template onto the soap and cut off the excess soap. This small piece of soap will be later used for making a tail.
step 2
3. Trace the tiger shape onto the soap with a toothpick as shown in the picture.
step 3
4. Lightly cut along the outline with a carving or exacto knife, then roughly cut the shape of the tiger out of the soap with a paring knife.
step 4
5. Cut off the excess soap with the carving knife.
step 5
6. Cut off the excess part of the ears as shown in the pictures.
step 6
7. Cut the muzzle and legs along the outlines.
step 7
8. Cut off the soap around the muzzle and legs, and trim the edge of the body and the face.
step 8
9. Scoop out the soap between the legs with a binder clip.
step 9
10. Trim the edges of the legs. Carve the nose and the mouth.
step 10
11. Draw the eyes with a toothpick.
step 11
12. Trim and shape the ears, and carve an indent in each ear.
step 12
13. Trim the edge of the back.
step 13
14. Using the small piece of soap from step 2, trim and shape it into a tail.
step 14
15. Draw a small circle in the back.
step 15
16. Draw tiger patterns with the tip of the knife.
step 16
17. Paint the soap tiger with food coloring. Let the tiger dry.
step 17
18. Paint the back of the ears in dark brown or black. Then thinly cut off the ears to create white parts.
step 18
19. Carve a small circular hole in the back.
step 19
20. Add a bit of water to the tip of the tail, and attach it to the hole. Finished!
step 20
21. (Optional) You can carve a tiny dot in each eye to create a white part or use plastic eyes.
step 21

Did you know?

new year tiger
2022 is the Year of the Tiger according to Japanese zodiac. I made them as new year decorations!