Homemade Bubble Fun
Looking for ways to have fun with your kids this coming weekend? Take some time to relax and enjoy the outdoors with DIY bubbles! You can make your own bubbles using everyday household items, and with surprisingly little effort. In addition to the solution below, we have provided two ways to make a bubble wand with common craft supplies. Make a fun, creative one using pipe cleaners and pony beads or a simple one with jewelry wire—either way works
1 part liquid hand soap
1 part water
1 teaspoon baking powder
Step 1: Find a bowl, jar or container you can use to store your solution. A mason jar works great for this since you can easily seal away any leftover solution for another occasion.
Step 2: After gathering your ingredients, start by adding one cup of water.
Step 3: Pour an equal portion (one cup) of liquid hand soap into the water.
Step 4: Measure out ⅓ cup of cornstarch and combine it with the water and soap. This will help add strength and durability to your bubbles—making them more stable so they don’t burst as easily!
Step 5: Next, add one teaspoon of baking powder to your solution. The baking powder acts as a reactant, much like it does in regular baking. Combining the dry acid and base into a solution will cause a reaction producing carbon dioxide bubbles. Single-acting baking powder produces all of its bubbles when it gets wet.
Step 6: Stir gently to avoid forming bubbles in your solution, until the ingredients are dissolved. The end result may look different for everyone depending on the type of soap you use, but this does not affect the quality of the bubbles themselves!
Making the Bubble Wand!
Making a bubble wand is super simple and easy to do, take some jewelry wire, two pipe cleaners and 6 smaller pony beads and 3 larger ones in the colors of your choice.
Step 1: Unspool some jewelry wire and cut it to your desired length. Then fold that length in have by making a loop.
Step 2: Take two pipe cleaners in the colors of your choice and attach them to the base of the loop, then wrap one around the base to securely fashion it. Repeat this with the second pipe cleaner for the other side. By this point, you should have two pipe cleaners on either side of the wire base.
Step 3: Start feeding your beads onto the wire base and begin with the smaller pony bead. The beads should alternate between small - large - small with a twist of the pipe cleaners at the end. Repeat this until the wire base is completely covered.
We hope this DIY will bring you closer to your loved ones this summer and inspires you to make similar projects! For more activities and backyard family fun, click here.