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How to Make Giant Bubbles {DIY Bubbles Recipe}

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We had so much fun last weekend! Mike, Sam and I produced the world’s (I’m sure!) most magnificent, GIANT bubbles!  We were having such a good time marveling over the huge rainbows we were producing. Sam kept yelling, “giant bubbles!” with such delight that the neighbors noticed…and joined in the fun! Even the adult neighbors were clapping and cheering. It was pretty cool. Want to thrill all the kids in your family and maybe even the neighbors? Make a batch of this super bubble solution.

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You can’t use the regular kids’ bubbles for these, but Sam and I easily mixed up a batch of the bubble brew.  I first saw a recipe for the bubbles on Happy Hooligans blog.

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Here it is:

  • 6 Cups of water (tap water is OK, but distilled is best)
  • ½ Cup of Blue Dawn Dish Detergent (original is supposed to be best but I did use ultra)
  • ½ Cup of corn starch
  • 1 Tablespoon of baking powder (not baking soda)
  • 1 Tablespoon of glycerin

Dissolve the cornstarch in the water. Stir well. Gently add the other ingredients; you don’t want do make it frothy. Let the mix set for at least an hour, gently stirring occasionally when the cornstarch settles. We used a dishpan to hold everything and that worked well when we were dipping the wand in it.

How to Make Big Bubbles

I followed more of the wand directions from Design Dazzle, although I changed ours somewhat. Design Dazzle also has a cute idea for making this whole giant bubble thing into a kit for gifting.

This is what I did for the wand:

  • 2 wood dowels, ours are each about 18” long, ½” in diameter
  • 2 eye screws to fit in the dowel ends
  • 9’ cotton cord (you can get it from a fabric/sewing department)

Twist the eye screws into the dowel ends. Thread the cording through the eye screws and tie a knot so it makes one large circle.

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The more you play with the bubble solution, the better the solution gets—and the better you get at figuring out how it works! Our neighbor’s 9-year-old daughter figured out that walking backwards produces longer bubbles. Mike realized that if you bring the two dowels together you pinch off the massive bubbles and then they float up and away. Another tip is that this works best on a day that isn’t too windy.

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You’ve got to try this. It’s easy. It’s awesome! Sam was even successful making the bubbles and you know 4-year-olds don’t have the most patience!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.