By the time the outside temperature rises in Minnesota I feel like I've been planning outdoor activities for months.
My favorite family activity that's both fun and simple is bubble solution. I try to make it even more fun by using a variety of objects and different forms of bubble solution to make bubbles!
Did you know that you can learn how to make bubble solution especially for huge bubbles?
While you can use one of these seven different recipes for how to make bubbles, the homemade bubble solution recipe below is just the right combination of ingredients to make huge bubbles!
How to Make Bubble Solution for Huge Bubbles
Bubble Solution Ingredients:
How to Make bubble Solution:
Put half the water in a bucket and vigorously stir in the cornstarch until it's dissolved. Mix in the rest of the water and baking powder until it's all combined.
Add the soap and glycerin to the water mixture. Stir with a big spoon. Don't stir fast enough to make suds or foam in the bucket.
Let the bubble solution sit* for an hour or more before using. Stir it gently for at least two minutes before making bubbles.
You'll probably need to stir your bubble solution every 10 or 15 minutes while you're using it because the cornstarch and baking powder tend to settle at the bottom.
*I've heard that cold bubble solution produces even bigger bubbles. If you can, store the the bubble solution in the refrigerator overnight and use it while it's cold.
In my last article about homemade bubbles, I included a How to Make Homemade Bubbles FAQ.
Here's a sample of some of the questions that apply to this bubble solution recipe:
Where can I buy glycerin?
Glycerin can be found in the cake decorating area of most craft stores. If you’re near a Michael’s, you can find it with the Wilton cake and candy-making supplies. If you want to order it online you can find several options:
- Wilton glycerin :: 2 ounces for $4.33 ($2.16 per ounce). This amounts to 4 tablespoons of glycerin.
- Now Solutions 100% pure vegetable glycerine: 16 oz for as low as $5.25 ($0.32 per ounce). This is a far better price, but you might not want that much glycerin!
What’s the best dishwashing detergent to use for making homemade bubbles?
A detailed Google search revealed that almost everyone stood behind Dawn Original dish soap as the best dish soap for bubbles.
Are there any dish soaps that shouldn’t be used for making homemade bubbles?
Yes. Generic soaps that are usually found at dollar stores are generally too watery to produce quality bubbles.
How should I store my homemade bubble solution?
At our house, bubbles usually get accidentally dumped over before the end of the day. Storing them has never been a problem! If you're a more careful household, you should store homemade bubble solutions in an airtight container. A clean glass spaghetti sauce jar or jelly jar works perfectly for storing bubbles.
How long can I store my homemade bubble solution?
Many bubbles can get better with age. If the bubble solution has sat for more than a week, give the container a swirl to combine the ingredients that may have separated. Don’t shake the container; you want to save those suds for your bubbles!
How to Make Giant Bubbles with the Huge Bubble Solution
After you have the bubble solution made you still need the right tools to make huge bubbles. Try out these highly-rated bubble wands and tools designed for big bubbles:
- Gazillion Incredibubble Wand
- Extreme Bubbles 7″ Big Bubble Hoop Kit
- Little Kids Super Fubbles Bubble Wand (Colors May Vary)
- Toysmith Big Bubble Wand Set
- Bubble Thing
- Artterro Deluxe Bubble Wands Kit
- beeboo® Big Bubble Starter Wand
How to Make a Giant Bubble Wand
You can also make your own giant bubble wand! Thread about 4-5 feet of yarn through two straws, then tie the ends together to make a big circle.
To use: Hold the straws apart from each other, dip the entire contraption in the bubble solution and gently pull the straws apart. Let the wind blow through the circle of yarn, or blow into it to form your bubbles.
Have you made your own bubble solution or huge bubbles? Share your experiences in the comments below!
(Image credits for images used in top graphic: CyberWebImages)