Water Lily

General info

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  • Great decoration for your room
  • Can be used for arrangement in a bowl of water (see the video)
  • Difficulty: Easy

What you will need

  • Soap
  • Carving or Exacto knife
  • Toothpick (or other pointed tool)


  • Yellow food coloring or soap colorant
  • Water
  • Paint brush

Soap info

Ichigo Milk soap

Used in tutorial

ichigo milk soap
  • Available
  • Milk and strawberry scented
  • Diameter: 6.8 cm (2-3/4")
  • Thickness: 2.8 cm (1-1/8")
  • Weight: 80g (3 oz)

Instruction video


1. Slice off the top of the soap.
step 1
2. Draw a 2 cm (7/8") diameter circle with a toothpick.
step 2
3. Holding your carving knife at a right angle to the soap, deeply cut the circle.
step 3
4. Thinly cut off the soap inside the circle.
step 4
5. Trim the side of the center and smooth the soap around it.
step 5
6. Lower the top of the center a bit.
step 6
7. Insert the knife tip diagonally into the center, then make an inverted cone shaped indent.
step 7
8. Cut some slits in the edge of the center to create the stamens.
step 8
9. Draw a 3.3 cm (1-3/8") diameter circle, then divide it into 6 equal parts.
step 9
10. Make two straight cuts from the center.
step 10
11. Cut the soap between two cuts along the circle.
step 11
12. Cut the soap again to remove the soap as shown.
step 12
13. Repeat steps 8-10 in order to carve a long petal.
step 13
14. Repeat steps 8-11 to carve the remaining five parts.
step 14
15. Cut each part into a pointed petal shape.
step 15
16. Trim the outside of the petals. Six petals of the first layer are done.
step 16
17. Draw a 5 cm (2") diameter circle, then divide the circle into 6 equal parts.
step 17
18. Carve the second layer in the same way as the first layer.
step 18
19. Cut the soap around the second layer horizontally.
step 19
20. Cut each part into a pointed petal shape.
step 20
21. Trim the outside of the petals. Six petals of the second layer are done.
step 21
22. Divide the area around the second layer into 6 or 8 equal parts. Then, cut the pointed petal shapes in each part.
step 22
23. Cut off the soap between the petals, holding your knife horizontally.
step 23
24. Slice off the bottom of the flower as needed.
step 24
25. Lower the areas between petals.
step 25
26. Cut the areas between the petals into pointed petal shapes. These petals form the fourth layer.
step 26
27. Remove the unwanted soap between the petals of the fourth layer.
step 27
28. Trim the outside of the petals of the third and fourth layer. I suggest using leftover flakes for washing.
step 28
29. (Optional) Paint the center with yellow food coloring or soap colorant.
step 29