Cherry Blossom and Hearts

General info

sakura 1 sakura 2 sakura 3 sakura 4 sakura 5 sakura 6
  • This flower design is ideal for learning basic soap carving techniques.
  • Great gift for your friends and family
  • Can be used as soap for bathing or washing (remove the bead)
  • Difficulty: Easy

What you will need

  • Soap
  • Carving or Exacto knife
  • Toothpick
  • Bead (I used a 6mm pearl bead)


  • Paring knife
  • Food coloring
  • Paint brush
  • Circle cookie cutter about 3.5 cm (1-1/2 ") in diameter
  • Heart Template (I made a heart template that is the same size as my heart tray)

Soap info

Natural sakura soap

Used in tutorial

natural sakura soap
  • Not available
  • Cherry blossom scented
  • Diameter: 7 cm (2-3/4")
  • Thickness: 2.7 cm (1/1/8")
  • Weight: 100g (3.35 oz)

Honey Natural soap

honey natural soap
  • Available
  • White color
  • Fragrance-free
  • Weight: 80g (3 oz)

Instruction video


1. Cut out the soap into a heart shape.
step 1
2. Trace a circle in the soap with a cookie cutter, or draw about 3.5 cm (1-1/2 ") circle with a toothpick.
step 2
3. Divide the circle into five equal parts by marking five lines.
Then carve a inverted cone shaped hole in the center.
step 3
4. Holding the carving knife horizontally, make a shallow dent in each part.
step 4
5. Cut a flower shape. Each petal is placed inside the dent. Then cut off the soap around the flower shape.
step 5
6. Cut a wedge in each petal. A cherry blossom shape is done.
Then evenly cut off the soap around the cherry blossom.
step 6
7. Cut a flower shape along the cherry blossom shape to make double petals. Cut off the soap around it.
step 7
8. Cut a wedge in each petal of the outer flower.
step 8
9. Evenly cut off the soap between the petals. Then, cut five small round petals between the petals.
step 9
10. Cut a wedge in each petal.
step 10
11. Evenly cut off the soap around the petals, then cut five outer petals.
step 11
12. Cut a wedge in each outer petal. A double-flowered sakura is done.
step 12
13. Flatten the area around the flower, cutting single, flat piece of soap.
step 13
14. Cut three small hearts out of the piece of soap.
step 14
15. Flatten the area around the blossom further and round the edge of the soap.
step 15
16. Make three V-shaped holes in the top of the soap.
step 16
17. Apply a little water to the three hearts, then place them in each hole.
step 17
18. Place a bead to the center of the blossom.
step 18
19. Make small holes along the edge of the soap with a toothpick. Done!
step 19
20. (Optional) Carve ten straight lines and make ten small holes for stamens in the center of the cherry blossom.
step 20
21. (Optional) Paint the petals with food coloring. I used a light shade of red.
step 21