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How to Make Homemade Bubbles and Bubble Wands Out of Household Materials

These bubble recipes are just what you need, whether you're throwing a birthday party or you have a child who loves blowing soap bubbles. If you're in need of a good bubble solution and don't want to spend countless dollars on the expensive bubbles this is for you! (The cheap bubbles barely ever blow out good bubbles.)

Blowing soap bubbles work best as an outdoor activity. Your climate conditions can have an effect on how the bubble solution will perform, so be sure to experiment and get the formula just right a couple of days prior to your child's birthday party.

If you live in a very dry climate you may need to add as much as twice as much water than these recipes ask for. Your soap bubbles will last longer on cooler, more humid days, so it's best to blow bubbles in the morning or evening time if you live in a hotter climate. Dawn, Joy, and Ivory are the best dish soaps to use in the bubble solution. It is best to use distilled water in your bubble solution, avoid using water that contains iron or any other contaminates.

Important Soap Bubble Safety Tips

When throwing a birthday party it is important to remember rule number 1: Safety. Spilling the bubble solution is unavoidable, so make sure that children play with their homemade bubbles on a non-smooth surface, since it can make hard smooth surfaces slippery. Be sure to store the remaining soap bubbles up high and out of the reach of children.

Make sure that all children attending the party understand that the soap bubbles are not edible. Always have an adult present at the birthday party while younger children are using the soap bubbles in case a child tries to drink it.

Bubble Solution Recipes

You can make a great homemade bubble solution easily with common household ingredients. There are countless objects around your house that you can use as a bubble wand.

With all of these homemade bubble solution recipes, let the mixture set out open overnight and out of children's reach so that the alcohol in the soap can evaporate, giving you bigger and longer lasting bubbles. When mixing the ingredients together, stir them gently to keep the soap bubbles from foaming over.

*Tip: All babies love soap bubbles so to keep them safe from soap irritating their eyes, substitute the soap in these recipes with tear-free baby wash or baby shampoo.

Homemade Bubble Recipe #1

Mix together,

  • 1-gallon hot water
  • 3-tablespoons of glycerin (available at your local pharmacy)
  • 1-cup Dawn dishwashing liquid

Bubble Recipe #2

Mix together,

  • 6-cups hot water,
  • 3/4-cup corn syrup
  • 2-cups Joy dishwashing liquid

Bubble Recipe #3

Mix together,

  • 6-cups hot water
  • 1/2-cup light corn syrup
  • 1-cup clear Dawn dishwashing liquid

Bubble Recipe #4

Mix together,

  • 4-cups hot water
  • 8-tablespoons white sugar
  • 1-cup Ivory dishwashing liquid

Bubble Recipe #5

Mix together,

  • 8-cups hot water
  • 2-cups Dawn dishwashing liquid
  • 4-tablespoons glycerin
  • 1-cup gelatin powder

Here is a list of container ideas you can use to store the soap bubbles you made from these recipes:

  • Old empty commercial bubble containers
  • Gallon milk jugs with a lid
  • Coffee cans (clean)
  • Large food container (clean)
  • 2 liter plastic bottle with a lid
  • Bucket with a lid

(If storing bubbles in an unlabeled or recycled container, be sure to mark it well so no child will mistakenly drink it.)

Here is a list of household objects you can turn into a homemade bubble wand:

  • Potato mashers
  • Plastic fly swatters (clean)
  • Plastic berry baskets
  • Empty cardboard frozen juice tubes (without ends)
  • Six-pack beverage rings
  • Bent pipe cleaner
  • Funnel
  • Wire coat hanger
  • 2 liter plastic bottle cut in half
  • Wire whisk
  • Toy pipe
  • Old bubble bottle with wand
  • Drinking straws bound together
  • Cookie cutters

(If you make a bubble wand for your soap bubble mixture be sure to remove all sharp edges, so they are safe for small children.)

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