You show me a kid under the age of ten who isn’t enthralled by bubbles and I probably won’t believe you. Use some of this giant bubble mix to create massive bubbles and everyone (including the dog) will be enthralled!
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How many of you remember as kids running out of bubble mix (or, in my case, spilling it) and then trying to make it on your own? You mix some soap (any soap will do…when you’re six) and some water and….epic fail. It does. not. work.
Well, I have been using this giant bubble recipe for the last few years and it is GOLD. I took it on our church campout and all the kids were mesmerized. For Apollo’s Hobbit Party we had giant bubbles mix all ready to go and a bunch of bubble wands. The kids loved i!
As the kids left we gave them each a bubble wand, ingredients to make their own giant bubble mix, and instructions. It was an inexpensive party favor and contained exactly zero sugar and crap. It was win-win.
Everything You Need to Make Giant Bubbles and Bubble Wands
You can make your own bubble wands in just a matter of minutes. Here’s how.
Start With Pre-Cut Dowels
Use 3/8″ x 12″ dowels.
The first time I did this I thought I would save money by purchasing a large dowel and having my husband cut it. That worked, but take it from me, while that is totally doable if you happen to have a long dowel lying around, it was not worth the time and effort. My reccommendation is to just buy the pre-cut dowels.
Add 1- inch Eye Screw Hooks to each dowel.
These eye screw hooks are the perfect size to screw into the 3/8″ dowels with no cracking. My husband pre-drilled the holes for me and it took just a few seconds to screw the eye hook in.
I bought this rainbow paracord because the only thing more fun giant bubbles are giant bubbles with RAINBOW bubble wands. For each bubble want cut two pieces of paracord. Make one about 12″ and the second about 24″.
Longer paracord will make bigger bubbles, but is also more difficult for kids to manage. I suggest you make a variety of sizes.
Once each dowel has the eye hook, take your shorter paracord and tie each end to one of the dowels.
Now take the longer piece and tie one end to the eye hook.
Place a bolt on the longer piece of paracord, then tie second end to eye screw hook. This helps weigh down the longer cord and makes bubble making a little bit easier.
Giant Bubble Mix Ingredients
Giant bubbles can be made from a mixture of guar gum, cornstarch, Dawn dishsoap, and water.
Guar Gum can be Purchased from Amazon
If you have no idea what guar gum is, you are not alone. Neither did I. As it turns out, guar gum is is made from the legumes guar beans.
Guar gum is long chain of bonded carbohydrate molecules. It is used in food processing because to absorb water, forming a gel that can thicken and bind products. This gives the giant bubbles durabilty.
Cornstarch and Dawn Dishsoap
You will also need cornstarch and Dawn dishsoap to make these giant bubbles.
Giant Bubble Recipe
How to make giant bubbles at home for pennies!
- 1 tablespoon guar gum
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup Dawn dishsoap
- 1 gallon water
combine guar gum, cornstarch, and Dawn dishsoap.
Use whisk to dissolve guar gum and cornstarch. Stir GENTLEY. You do not want to "whip" the dishsoap.
Once guar gum and cornstarch are combined, slowly pour in 1 gallon of water.
Stir gentley to mix all ingredients.
Dip bubble wand into bubble mixture to create GIANT BUBBLES.
Store extra bubble mix in airtight jars.
Even Your Dog Will Love These Bubbles!
Tired of throwing a slobbery tennis ball for your dog? I suggest making bubbles for them instead. Frodo LOVES chasing these bubbles that magically “disappear” everytime he catches one.
Tips for Creating the Best Giant Bubbles
Be Patient for Stronger Bubbles
This bubble mixture defintiely works best if you let it sit. If you can sneak away from your kids, try making in the night before. If they want to be involved, mix up the giant bubble mixture and then enjoy a snack or book. Giving time for the substances to bind makes stronger bubbles.
Be Gentle: Stirred Not Shaken
Stir gently, otherwise you are going to create so many surface bubbles at the top that you will have trouble making bubbles (just like when you were a kid and the bubble mixture got shaken). If you made this ahead of tip, give the bubbles a gentle swirl or mix before using.
Store Giant Bubble Mix in Airtight Jars
This mix can be stored for weeks in an airtight jar. I store it in a mason jar with a lid.
Measure Ahead for Travel
When taking this camping or to a local park, I measure out the cornstarch, guar gum, and dishsoap ahead of time (I keep the dry ingrients away from the dishsoap). On arrival, I just add the dishsoap, guar gum, and cornstarch to a bucket then add water.
Okay, now go out there and HAVE FUN!!!