In today’s post: Learn how to make a giant bubble wand so you can blow giant bubbles! It only takes a couple of supplies. Plus, get the recipe for the best homemade bubble solution.
School is out and we are ready for summer! One thing we plan to keep on hand all summer long is a bucket full of the best homemade bubble solution and a few DIY bubble wands. My teenagers have already had a couple hours of fun with their friends blowing GIANT bubbles in our backyard:
I remember purchasing a giant bubble wand years ago when my kids were little – it was cool, but pretty frustrating for the preschool age crowd because it was hard for them to control. It turns out that making giant bubbles is better suited for older kids (about 10 and up) because they have the coordination necessary to work the bubble wand. But even if your kids are young it’s worth making one of these wands: YOU can blow the bubbles and your kids can chase them around the yard! Plus I’ll be sharing the best homemade bubble solution below – it’s so good you can dip your hands it in and blow bubbles just by making a circle with your fingers!
Giant Bubble Wand VIDEO
My 18 year old quickly mastered the art of using this fun little contraption; it took his little sister (10yo) a bit longer to figure it out, but she’s gotten good at it too! Watch this video to see the giant bubbles they were able to create, then find info on supplies and step by step instructions below:
To make the DIY Bubble Wand, you will need:
- 2 wood dowels, about 5/8 inch in diameter and 3 ft long: find these at Walmart, any craft store, any hardware store
- 3 yards of 1/4 inch cotton cord or narrow cotton rope: 100% cotton rope can be hard to find, and polyester rope just doesn’t work as well, so I purchased 100% cotton cord in the sewing section at Hobby Lobby – it was cheap!
- 2 eye screws that are big enough for 2 cords to go through: find these at Walmart or the hardware store
- 2 nuts that are big enough for the cord to go through: find these at Walmart of the hardware store
And to make the Bubble Solution, you will need:
- Dish soap: any brand seems to work fine
- Glycerin: find this in the pharmacy section at Walmart
- Baking Powder
- Corn Starch
- Distilled Water: according to the internet, the bubble solution works better with distilled water so that’s what we used, but I’m betting normal tap water would work too
How to Make Giant Bubbles
For the Bubble Wand
- 2 Wood Dowels 5/8 inch
- 2 Eye Hooks 5/8 inch
- 3 yards Cotton Cord or Cotton Rope 1/4 inch cord, or slightly smaller rope
- 2-3 Nuts or Washers that fit over your cord
For the Bubble Solution
- 2 cups Dish Soap
- 4 tbsp Corn Starch
- 4 tbsp Baking Powder
- 6 tbsp Glycerin (3 fluid oz)
- 1/2 gallon Distilled Water
- Screw one eye hook into one end of each wood dowel. You may need to drill a small hole into the dowels first to be able to screw the eye hooks in. (My son was able to screw the eyes in without drilling a hole first.)
- Cut the cotton cord into two pieces, one 5.5 feet and one 3.5 feet. Thread a couple of nuts or washers onto the longer cord. Then tie one end of each cord to the eye hook in the first dowel. Tie the other ends of each cord into the eye hook in the second dowel. This completes the bubble wand.
- Pour the bubble solution ingredients into a bucket or large bowel and stir to combine well. Solution can be used right away, but sems to work better after sitting for 24 hours.If solution gets foamy on top, use you hands to skim off the foam before blowing bubbles. Repeat skimming as needed while making bubbles.
- To blow bubbles, hold ends of the dowels and dip the cotton cord loop into the bubble solution. Pull the wand up, holding the sticks together.
- Separate the sticks to open up the cotton loop. If it's breezy, bubbles will blow with no effort. It it's not breezy, swing the bubble wand to blow bubbles.
- Quickly close the bubble wand back up to close off a bubble.
- You may be able to blow more than one bubble before re-dipping the wand. Watch the video in the post to see examples.
Tips for Success
Please be aware that it will take a little practice to get the hang of blowing the bubbles, and that every single try won’t result in a complete bubble. You may have to spend 15 minutes or so practicing before you get the hang of it. Here are some things that will give you the best results:
- Use cotton rope or cording. Polyester rope just doesn’t work as well. You can find cotton cording at fabric and hobby stores.
- We were able to get good bubbles as soon as we made the solution, but it does seem to get a bit “stickier” after 24 hours, so it may work better the second day.
- Anytime foam forms on the top of your bubble solution, stop and skim it off – you will not be able to get a good amount of solution on your wand if the solution is foamy.
- Bubbles tend to form better on humid days, so if you live in a dry area and are having a hard time with it, give it a try on the next cloudy day. Also, a slight breeze can be really helpful in blowing these bubbles, but if it’s very windy it’s not going to work.
- The wand size show here works best for tweens and up. If you’d like to make one for younger kids I’d recommend sizing it down slightly. Just remember kids under 10 will probably need help to make it work.
- Younger kids can use this bubble solution to blow bubbles with their hands! Dip both hands in the solution and put hands together to make a circle shape and blow through them.