To be completely honest, I think Jerm and I had at least as much fun with these as the girls did. Maybe more.
I’ve been wanting to make giant homemade bubbles for a long time now, but wasn’t sure how to make the wands exactly, until I saw this post a few months ago. It answered all of my “but how will I do this part?” questions and since I had most of the supplies on hand already, I decided to go for it.
I know I took a photo of everything I needed to make these, but I can’t for the life of me find it. How’s that for organized? 😉
Supply List for wands:
- 2 dowel rods (I think I used 5/8″)
- 12 feet of cording
- Washer (needs to be a fairly heavy one)
- 2 eye screws
Supply List for Bubble Solution:
- 12 cups water
- 1 cup dish soap
- 1 cup corn starch
- 2 TBSP baking powder
- 3 oz tube of personal lubricant (glycerin)
The process is simple: paint the dowels if you want (we’re pretty into pink around here right now), twist the eye screws into the ends of both rods, cut the cord into 8′ and 4′ lengths, and tie one end of each into the eye screws. Slip the washer onto the longer piece of cording and repeat the last step (typing the ends onto the other stick.
To make the bubble solution, just mix the water, dish soap, corn starch, and baking powder together until the corn starch is dissolved. Mix the lubricant with 1 cup of hot water, and add to the solution when it’s combined well. Let the solution sit for an hour or two before using.
When you’re ready to use it, pour the solution into a bowl (preferably a round, flat one) and dip the strings into the solution, completely submerging the entire length of cording. Lift the sticks up and separate them as you walk backwards and watch your gigantic bubbles form.
We found that it took a few tries before the solution started working well.
It really was pretty awesome, and I think these would make a great kid gift. In fact, I’d probably make a set for all of my nieces and nephews, but they’d be a little hard to send in the mail. 🙂
I think next we’ll try to make some un-poppable bubbles!
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