Lily of the Valley

General info

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  • Openwork
  • Can be used as hanging decoration
  • Great gift for your friends and family
  • Can be used as soap for bathing or washing (remove the decorations)
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

What you will need

  • Soap
  • Carving or Exacto knife
  • Paring knife
  • Scooping tool e.g. binder clip
  • Toothpick
  • Wire (about 0.36 mm / No. 27)
  • Wire cutter
  • Pliers
  • Ribbon
  • Food coloring with water
  • Paint brush


  • Glitter

Soap info

COW standard size soap

Used in tutorial

COW standard soap
  • Available
  • COW brand
  • Floral scented
  • Size: 8 cm (3-1/8") x 5.3 cm (2-1/8") x 2.4 cm (1")
  • Weight: 85 g (3 oz)

LUX rose soap

lux rose soap
  • Available
  • LUX brand
  • Rose scented
  • Size: 8 cm (3-1/8") x 5 cm (2") x 2.4 cm (1")
  • Weight: 76 g (2.68 oz)

Instruction video


1. Thinly cut off the top of the soap with a paring knife to create a flat surface.
step 1
2. Draw a frame and outlines of two leaves with a toothpick.
step 2
3. Mark a horizontal line around the soap.
step 3
4. Holding a carving or Exacto knife at a right angle, deeply cut the two leaves.
step 4
5. Cut the bottom left and right corners off as shown.
step 5
6. Cut and remove soap around opposite side.
step 6
7. Cut the soap into blocks for making some flowers. You can use different soap bar to cut them out.
step 7
8. Flip the soap over to the bottom and cut a line along the edge of the soap.
step 8
9. Thinly cut off the soap inside the line with a knife.
step 9
10. Scoop out and flatten the soap with a scooping tool.
step 10
11. Draw a frame.
step 11
12. Cut soap inside frame and outside the leaves to make an empty space.
step 12
13. Trim and shape the leaves.
step 13
14. Make a depression on the left leaf with a binder clip.
step 14
15. Round the edges of the right leaf.
step 15
16. Cut some lines in the right leaf with a knife point.
step 16
17. Carve the back of the leaves.
step 17
18. Thinly cut off the top of the frame to flatten the surface.
step 18
19. Draw a line on the frame.
step 19
20. Carve a stripe pattern on the frame.
step 20
21. Trim the bits of soap for flowers of the lily of the valley into a small bowl shape.
step 21
22. Trim the side of the soap.
step 22
23. Divide the top of the soap into 6 equal parts.
step 23
24. Cut each part into a pointed petal.
step 24
25. Carve a hole in the center of the flower.
step 25
26. Cut small notches between the petals.
step 26
27. Repeat steps 21-36 for the rest of lily flowers.
step 27
28. Bend the tip of the wire.
step 28
29. Poke the wire into the soap flower and lightly pull the wire.
step 29
30. Curve the wire stems.
step 30
31. Twist wire stems together.
step 31
32. Cut off excess wire.
step 32
33. Make a small hole in the leaves and attach the stem to the hole.
step 33
34. Paint the leaves with food coloring with water. Done!
step 34
35. (Optional) Tie a ribbon to make the carving a hanging decoration.
step 35
36. (Optional) In order to decorate your soap with glitter, apply a little water to the soap and sprinkle the glitter.
step 36