We recently decided that it was time to whip up a big batch of our homemade bubble recipe. In the past, we’ve always just purchased regular-sized containers of bubbles, but I find that my kids tend to spill them almost immediately; and then like a popped bubble, fun time is quickly over. Instead, we set up a DIY bubble station that allowed the kids to carry around only small amounts of the homemade bubble solution at a time, as well as to try out some different objects for blowing bubbles.
What You Need to Set Up a DIY Bubble Station
- Pour-able container of bubble solution (recipe below)
- Small paper cups
- Cookie cutters
- Bubble wands
- Cake pan
- Other items for making bubbles (strings, hangers, wires, etc.)
Homemade Bubble Recipe
- 3 quarts of water
- 2 cups of dish soap
- 1 cup corn syrup
- Large pitcher or other container
Note: We used grapefruit scented dish soap, so our bubble solution was a pretty pink color!
The best bubbles, by far, came from using ordinary drinking straws. These were so cool, and our bubble straws are now a go-to activity in the front yard!
Make a Ton of Bubbles with a Drinking Straw “Launcher”
Here’s what you need
- A handful of drinking straws (you can get them at the grocery store or dollar store)
- Rubber band
- Pan or cup
If you don’t have drinking straws in the house, you can make bubble wands with pipe cleaners. I read online that they are quite recommended for making bubble wands. I was a bit skeptical, but also desperate with two little girls waiting impatiently to blow bubbles. I decided to give it a try. Here’s how we did it:
Pipe cleaner bubble wands are better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. If I didn’t have any plastic ones around, they’d be worth making. That said, they didn’t work as well as I hoped, although they did seem to improve as they got more saturated after several uses.
What I Learned the Hard Way: This is pretty important! I learned two things.
1) If you put the bubble solution where the toddler can reach it, she will make a mess.
2) Don’t put the bubble station on your porch or other potentially slick/hard to rinse surface. As soon as any bubble solution spills, you have a mess and a potential visit to the ER! It would have been far better to put our table on the grass.