We haven’t had much time away for adventures lately, so this weekend for Father’s Day we decided to stay home and do some fun home activities. Awhile back I ran across a You Tube video that featured a recipe to make your own bubble solution. Not only that, but it contained an idea on how to make a string based bubble rig. I figured I would try it out with the my oldest and my niece. It seemed straight forward so I didn’t have much to lose. It turns out after all was said and done, this really was a giant bubble recipe that works!
The giant bubble recipe that works is pretty straightforward with only 4 main ingredients: liquid dish soap, guar gum, baking powder, and water. I had pretty much everything on hand except the guar gum. What in the heck is that? It turns out it’s a gluten free food thickening agent that many health food folks use instead of corn starch. According to the packaging, it has 8 times the thickening power. So where in the world would I find the ingredient that is key to a giant bubble recipe that works? Apparently any health foods store. Believe me I called to four different supermarkets and then finally called a Love’s foods to make sure they actually had it before venturing out to the store. I only needed a tablespoon, and $11 for a one pound bag seems like a bit much. I figured I was already there so I might as well buy it. For future reference, Amazon has is much cheaper. (Link Below)
In the You Tube video from WhatsUpMoms, they used a name brand dish soap so I picked up a 9 oz bottle for about $1 or so from Walmart. I wasn’t sure if there was a difference between the name brand stuff and generic so I figured I would stick to the recipe. I did after all spend a comparative fortune on the guar gum after all. So there I was, adding a bottle of soap, guar gum and baking powder into my kitchen aid mixer bowl. My wife almost had a panic attack, she didn’t realize what the ingredients were. To her it looked like I was just mixing paint!
If you want to make your own giant bubble recipe that works, just combine the following in to a bowl. I used the kitchen aid mixer bowl but you can really use any sort of bowl or bucket.
- 8 oz (1 cup) of liquid dish soap. I used Dawn, but supposedly you can use any liquid soap.
- 1 Table spoon baking powder – this is a thickening agent.
- 1 Heaping Table Spoon of Guar Gum – Also used to thicken the bubble goo.
- 16 Cups (1 Gallon of Water)
I really just used a flexible plastic spatula to fold everything together until the bubble recipe had a consistency almost like frosting. This giant bubble recipe that works will make about a gallon or so of solution. I then added 4 cups of warm water and swished it around a bit. At this point you would want to add the remaining 12 cups of water and mix up. Be careful to not just shake it up or you’ll be left with a foamy mess. Also be careful not to add water too fast or it will literally just bubble up on you.
While I was at the store, I actually found a bubble refill station which was just a gallon jug with a bunch of bubble wands and cups. The reason I bought it was because it has a little spigot on the bottom which would make it easy to pour the bubble recipe. In retrospect, I probably could have just used an old laundry detergent bucket that also has the easy poor spout. If I had to purchase again, I would have probably purchased a jug and pump set from Amazon to make it even easier to store and dispense.
The best part of actually making a giant bubble recipe that works is a way to make the giant bubbles. In the video below, you can get a great idea of how to make your own setup, but in a nutshell, you need two sticks, some string, and a metal washer or weight. I happened to have some PVC pipe from another project, so I used it for the sticks. Another great suggestion would be wooden dowels if you have them handy. I started by tying one end of the string to the end of one of the sticks and then putting the sting through the hole in the washer. I then looped the string around the other stick a few times, and finally took the end back to the first stick. I was left with a triangle that weighs down the string that you can make larger or smaller by moving the sticks together or apart.
I wasn’t done yet making bubble stuff! I Remember as a kid we had these fairly large bubble wands, but they never really worked. I figured I would try my hand at making my own this time! I had some copper wire left over from yet another home project and cut off about a yard or so. I looped the wire around an upside down 5 gallon plastic bucket and formed a wire loop. I then just twisted them together, and used the long end to make a bit of a handle. I was careful to bed the handle at 90 degrees so I could actually dip the wire loop into the solution.
So there I was, a gallon of the best homemade giant bubble recipe that works, a crazy looking string and stick contraption, my homemade wire loops and a shallow pizza pan to dip the loops into. I started with the string contraption first, and found that instead of just a cup, I really needed to dip the entire setup into the gallon bucket directly. Good thing that it had a wide opening. You can even cut a half gallon jug and it should work perfectly! I was dipping and making giant bubbles in no time! In the future, I would probably drill a small hole in the end of the sticks to make it easier to tie everything on. The pictures don’t really do it justice, but it was just like in the video, it was pretty cool! Believe it or not the homemade wire loops after a bit of straightening worked like a charm. This Father’s Day the DIY giant bubble recipe that works was a big hit! It’s a simple recipe, and making the gear was straightforward. Believe me if I can do it, so can you!
The best part is that we now have a ton of bubble solution left over! We can make he bubbles anytime we want now! We did use quite a bit of it, but there is plenty left for another few bubble sessions!
Special thanks to WhatsUpMoms.com for sharing this recipe, and we look forward to checking out their other great DIY activities in the future! Please take the time to checkout their video below. Also, if you’re looking to purchase some supplies to make this yourself, you can pick them up at Amazon:
- Guar Gum – $6.19 (Be sure to buy the powder not the caplets!)
- Baking Powder – $ 2.12
- Dawn – $13.49 (This is for two large bottles you only need 8 oz.)
- Cotton Twine/String – $3.99 (I used some regular poly twine that I had on hand)
- Metal Washer – $.65 (Any metal weight or even a quarter with a hole drilled in it will work!)
- Gallon Jug W. Pump – $10.95 (Totally Optional)
- Lots of Bubble Wands & Bucket – $11.51 (Or you Can Make your Own)