Giant bubble maker - easy to make. I promise.
This is fun. I mean really fun.
You have to try this with your kids this summer.
Don't have kids? Borrow some or just do this for
yourself. It promise it will make you smile!
The secret to giant bubbles is the recipe. Through
trial and error, I have come up with a pretty good recipe, and you
don't need a bunch of weird ingredients.
The bubble wands are
cheap and can be made in less than 10 minutes. You will have
to practice the technique a bit, which I also describe below.
But it only takes a few tries.
My seven year old
daughter is a pro at making these giant bubbles. I'm even
including a video below so you can see the bubble making process in
action! Scroll down to see all the instructions for the giant bubble
Needed for the Giant Bubble Maker Wands:
Two wooden dowels. It doesn't matter how long, it
doesn't matter how wide. I bought the standard length at the
craft store, which was 36 inches long.
Longer ones may let you get the bubble up higher in the air
so it lasts longer before it hits the ground. Do make sure
the dowels are thick enough in diameter so they do not bend when you
hold them out. Mine was 1/2 inch in diameter.
Two small eyelet screws (I didn't even buy these, I had
some from a picture frame hanging kit I purchased way back)
Drill or dremel tool with a small drill bit
Tape measure and scissors
Two lengths of cotton string: 100 inches long and
65 inches long.
Two metal washers (for adding weight to the string).
Small container for the bubble liquid
Giant Bubble Maker Solution (recipe below)
10 cups of warm water (distilled water is best)
1 cup of Dawn dishwashing detergent (best to get the clear
1/2 cup of corn syrup (or glycerin, if you happen to have
Mix all the ingredients gently. Do not introduce bubbles
while mixing. Here is the secret: The bubble liquid
gets better the longer it sits! It should marinate overnight at least.
I have found wonderful results after letting the solution sit
for over two weeks. This bubble solution should last awhile.
Give it a try the very next day after making it but SAVE it
when you are done. Mixing it in a tupperware container with a
lid is a wonderful idea. The next time you decide to make
bubbles the solution will work even better!
1. Using a dremel tool or a drill with a small drill bit,
drill a small hole on one end of each dowel stick. Then screw
the eyelet loops into the holes.
2. Measure and cut two lengths of cotton string. One should
be 100 inches long. The other should be 65 inches long.
Tie the end of the 100 inch string to one of the eyelets.
Next, thread two washers on to the 100 inch length of string.
Then, tie the other end of the 100 inch string to the other
eyelet on the other dowel. It should look like this:
3. Now take the 65 inch long piece of string and tie the end of it to
one of the eyelet loops. Tie the other length of string to
the other eyelet. The giant bubble maker is now ready to use
and should look like this:
4. To make giant bubbles: Put the eyelet ends of
the dowels close together and lower them into the bubble liquid so the
entire length of the strings are submerged.
5. Slowly raise the
dowels out of the bubble liquid, keeping the dowels still close
together, until the strings have completely emerged from the solution.
6. Then, slowly spread the strings apart by separating the
dowels. You will see a bubble wall, or bubble sheet, appear
in the triangle area of the strings.
7. Slowly back up by
walking backwards swiftly. If you have a breeze, you will not
have to do anything! The bubble will emerge from the strings.
8. To close up the bubble to allow it to detach to the
you gently swoop the dowels ends up and close together again to "close"
the triangle opening.
9. The video below
will show you the
proper technique. Have fun!
Comments and Questions from Others
"Hi! I'm trying this with my daughter...can you tell me if nylon thread will work? I can't get cotton string. Thanks!"
Response from Crafts For All Seasons:Unfortunately, nylon string or thread will not work well. It won't be able to "soak" up the bubble solution long enough to hold and make the bubble.
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