Sunday, July 3, 2011

Giant Bubbles re-visited.

Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. Our summer has been filled with giant bubbles. i have a lot of folks ask us how we made our giant bubble wands and what bubble solutions we use. i also get a lot of traffic to our original post about giant bubbles, so thought i would re-visit it, and share a few tips that we have learned.

These bubble wands are extremely easy/inexpensive to make, and so much fun! The kids have spent hours outside making bubbles. My boy is quite good at making some monstrously huge one, and my girl is extremely good at popping them. :)

i think this bubble is a record breaker for us! It was enormous!
i can give you a brief explanation on how they are made. The tutorial link i posted in the original thread is not longer available.

They are honestly very simple, and can be made with a few basic supplies.
We used 2 wooden dowels.
2 screw in eye hooks.
100% Cotton cord or yarn.
a metal washer or addition eye hook to use as a weight.

So all you do is screw an eye hooks into the end of each dowel. Then cut two pieces of the cotton cord, around 35" for the top piece, and 70 " for the bottom. i didn't actually measure mine, just guesstimated. You can really make them any size you like. You just want to make sure the bottom piece is twice as long as the top.

When we first made these i could not find the cotton piping suggested in the original tutorial, but did have 100% cotton yard. i did a quick chain stitch to make a crocheted cotton cord and it worked fine. If you don't know how to crochet, you could braid the pieces so they are a bit thicker and heavier than a single piece of yarn.
Now tie the shorter piece of yarn to the eye hooks, connecting them and then slip the washer/eyehook/weight onto the longer piece and tie it to the eye hooks under the top cord.

That's it! Now dip it in your bubble solution ( We used dish soap and water) and have fun!! i didn't use an exact recipe for our bubble solution. i use water and a couple really big squirts of dish soap until it works. If you bubble keep popping before they leave the wand, add more soap. We have had the best luck using Seventh generation dish soap, Full Circle Dish soap and plain Ivory dish soap. In our experience generic dish soaps do not work at all. Also if it is it windy out, the wind tends to pop the bubbles before they leave the wand. So you'll want to do this on a calm day.

It took my boy a little while to get the hang of it, but then once he got it he was a bubble making expert. We figured out that if you gently bring the ends of the wand together, it will cut off the bubbles. So you can make 3 or 4 giant bubbles that float away with just one dip in the bubble solution.

Check this link for some addition homemade bubble recipes.

If you like bubbles, you absolutely must try this! Happy bubble blowing!


  1. That's so cool! I have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  2. We plan on using ours today that we made last summer! I hope we can work it like your little expert!Happy 4th of July!!

  3. Those are amazing bubbles! My little girl is going to LOVE them!!

  4. I think I am going to have to try this with my little one!