DIY Homemade Bubbles

Home Made BIG Bubbles
Home Made BIG Bubbles

Some big bubbles and some little bubbles – let the FUN begin!

I have been on a quest for the perfect homemade bubble for a lloonnggg time, and now PERFECTION!

The young kids had a great time and the big kids became quite competitive to see who could make the best and biggest bubble.

If you look close you will see the bubble above my grandson’s head he made, and of course Stan’s very cool bubble which broke as I snapped the picture!

DIY Homemade Bubbles


6 c water (distilled works best)

1/2 c blue dawn dish detergent (MUST be DAWN non-ultra is supposed to work best, but ultra-concentrated works fine)

1/2 c corn starch

1 Tbl.  baking powder (yes, that is baking powder)

1 tbs glycerine (in most grocery stores)Home Made BIG Bubbles


Dissolve cornstarch in water, stirring really well.Home Made BIG BubblesThen gently mix in the remaining ingredients. Avoid creating a lot of froth.Home Made BIG BubblesAllow mixture to sit for at least one hour ( but best to use that day), stirring occasionally if you see cornstarch settling to the bottom.

Meanwhile, make your bubble blowers.

We made some with pipe cleaners which are simply 2 twisted together then a loop formed at one end.  Twisting two together makes it sturdy for little hands.  Be sure to wrap the ends of the pipe cleaners in so no one gets poked.Home Made BIG BubblesThe kids had a terrific time with these inexpensive pipe cleaner bubble forms.

Bubbles 5

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Now THESE bubble forms really work AMAZING for kids and adults! 

They are simply made from yarn and straws.  Push the yarn through the straws and leave about 12″ – 16″ of yarn between either end of the straws.   The straws from 7-11 work AWESOME. 

Bubbles 4

Bubbles 5And let…the contest…..of the biggest baddest bubble begin!!!Bubbles 6

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Bubbles 8NOTE:  As you use the bubble solution, keep GENTLY stirring up the baking powder to keep it mixed in – but avoid a froth.

Recipe source unknown – Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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  1. Crazy as it sounds, Kevin has been wanting to try to make homemade bubbles for the girls, but I never knew if the recipes online that he had found would work, but now that you shared yours (and trust you 110%), I am going to show this to him this weekend and see if we could try it for the girls. Thanks so much, Carrie. Pinned and shared, too :)

  2. Carrie,

    This looks like so much fun. Bubbles is my son Caleb’s favorite thing to do. I have never added corn starch to my bubbles. Maybe, that is why they did not work as well.

    Thanks for sharing,

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