I’ve been creating wedding and shower favors for a few years now (as you probably read in one of my previous posts). It’s lots of fun, but occasionally very frustrating…like when I decided to create a new favor for my sister’s bridal shower.
I don’t know how I got the sunflower theme in my head, but it popped in there. I think I was so fed up with snow and the fact that it was the end of March and we’d gotten yet another couple inches that I was in a “spring” mood when I started planning. I saw a picture of a sunflower and went man I wish some of those were around right now. And there it was I was going to do a sunflower themed shower.
I’d JUST finished making my Field of Sunflower soaps. It took me THREE days to make the connection that I could make sunflower soaps for the shower. When it finally dawned on me I got super excited. I changed the soap up a bit for favors. Instead of doing loafs I made individual cupcake soaps and piped the sunflowers on top. Then I had custom tags made.
It seems simple right? Let me tell you the process was anything but! Oh my word. I was trying to make the favors at times when I was short on time. That was my first mistake. Then I had to deal with soap hardening to fast to pipe or not hardening enough. It took me FOUR batches to finally get pretty tops. When I got that last batch looking amazing I looked at all the ones I’d done previously and groaned.
I’m a perfectionist. I had 15 lovely soaps from the last batch. I looked at the other 40 I’d made and they just didn’t compare. I thought I’d have to make them all over again. (Have I mention I’m a perfectionist?)
Decapitation to save the day! (What you ask?) The bases where perfectly fine it was just the sunflowers that weren’t great. I took out an exacto knife to see if I could pry off the sunflowers and reuse the bases. Worked like a charm. Decapitation was a success!!
Decapitated Flower Heads:
Perfectly Good Bases:
Redone PERFECT Sunflower Soaps: