You can buy pre-made bubble solutions for cheap, but making your own homemade mix is not only just as inexpensive, you’ll never have to try and stretch a small bottle throughout the day again…make buckets of it yourself for a never ending supply!
Here are several easy recipes that require just a few basic ingredients plus you’ll find a few tips and tricks at the bottom for tinting them with color and making monster-sized blowers and wands.
Lots here, have fun!
- 1 1/4 cups water, 1 1/4 tablespoons dish soap, 1 1/4 teaspoons glycerin. Mix and leave overnight before using.
- 2 cups water, 1/4 cup liquid dish soap and 1 TBS light corn syrup.
- 1 1/4 cups water with 1/4 cup light corn syrup and 1/4 cup Dawn dish soap. Directions: mix water and corn syrup then heat for about 2 minutes in the microwave. Stir then add the soap.
- 1 cup distilled water, 1/4 cup dish soap, 1/4 cup glycerin and a pinch of sugar.
- 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent, 1 teaspoon sugar.
- 2/3 cup distilled water, 1/3 cup liquid dish soap, 1 tsp vegetable oil (set aside for overnight before using).
- Gelatin: 2 packages unflavored gelatin, 4 cups hot water (just boiled), 3 to 5 tablespoons glycerine and 3 tablespoons dish detergent. Directions: Dissolve the gelatin in the hot water then add the glycerine and dish detergent. If you don’t use it all in one blowing session, reheat it the next time you use it (will gel as it sits).
- Jell-O Solution: 1/4 cup dish detergent, 1/4 cup Jell-O (any flavor), 2 1/4 cups warm water. Don’t overmix.
- Add a few drops of liquid food coloring to tint the solution in the color of your choice.
- Feel free to adjust the ingredients above and experiment to find a mixture that gives the best results.
To make them tougher/less delicate:
For those solutions that don’t require heating first, try leaving them overnight before using since the result is a stronger solution. The purpose of glycerin and corn syrup mentioned in some of the mixes above is to strengthen the solution so it won’t pop as easily. If you don’t have glycerin on hand, you can substitute with light corn syrup. Distilled water is also used for best results but you can replace with regular tap water if needed.
- Plastic straws
- Empty water bottles (with either the bottoms removed so you can blow through them, or keep the bottoms on and just squeeze the bottle to push out air through the opening)
- Straws strung with yarn or string and tied together (try square or triangle shapes, these turn out monster-sized bubbles when they’re dipped completely in a solution!)
- Small mesh baskets (like those from strawberries)
- Rubber canning rings or the metal jar lid rings
- Pipe cleaners (twist and shape into wands), you can create all kinds of shapes (stars, circles, squares, etc.) and twist more than one pipe cleaner together if needed
- Cookie cutters
- Paper towel tube
- Wire coat hangers (twist and shape as desired)
- Plastic 6-pack rings (from soda cans)
- Cooking spatulas, spoons and other kitchen utensils with slots
- Styrofoam cups with the bottoms cut out (for blowing) or holes cut into the bottom (using the top of the cup for blowing out the bottom)