So! Always wondered how to make your own bubble recipe?! It is that time of year again, when we turn towards making our own Homemade Giant Bubbles! We love love love making our own bubble mixture – perfect for all Bubble Activities for Kids. It means the kids can just play and not worry too much if some of the bubble mixture gets knocked or spilt. After years of trial and error with our Homemade Bubble Recipe, we have found a fabulous recipe that is perfect for the biggest bubbles ever (and as it turns out.. it is the same recipe the Bubble Show at the London Science Museum also uses)! You only need 3 simple ingredients to make this bubble recipe, one of which is WATER.. so come on.. you KNOW You want to give this Bubble Recipe a go. And once you have made your bubble mixture, make sure to give our GIANT Bubble Wands a go, as well as check out these DARLING beaded DIY Bubble Wands (they make a GREAT bubble party activity and bubble party gift idea too!).
Easy 3 Ingredient DIY Bubble Recipe
When to make your own Bubble Recipe
Spring is a great time for US to make a BIG BATCH of our Giant Bubble Recipe. To be honest, you can make it all year round (of course you can!! Hahahaha, it is perfect for Party Favours too), but we tend to mix up a big batch around the Easter holidays.. as my kids are home, it is a fun activity to do together AND they are starting to play outside more. Though there are lots of Bubble Activities that you can do indoors (more on that soon, I promise!), I love to just send the kids **outside* with their bubble mixtures and let them play and explore.
When they were little we focussed on small bubbles, making our own DIY Bubble Wands.
Ingredients needed for your Homemade Bubble Recipe
Yes… this is it…….. our recipe is one of the SIMPLEST Bubble Recipes out.
There are lots of Bubble Recipes out there, which can be a bit confusing. So we tried and tested and now we share our favourite … It really IS as simple as 1, 2, 3.. you only need, water, washing up liquid and glycerine..
Yes! This is how easy it is to make your own bubble mixture – water soap & glycerine!
As you can see.. This is easy bubble recipe works for GIANT Bubbles too! Add more glycerine for stronger bubbles..
…Or small bubbles.. both are fun to play with!
So – DIY Bubble Solution – Ingredients:
This recipe is endorsed by the SCIENCE MUSEUM in London!!! They use exactly the same one (we had been using it for years… and one day went to see the Bubble Show at the Science Museum and were delighted to discover that they use the same bubble recipe as us! Whoop whoop!).
- 1 Liter (1/5 gallon) of (hot) water,
- 250ml (1 cup) of GOOD quality washing up liquid (in the UK the Fairy Liquid brand really is best)
- 2-4 table spoons of glycerine (glycerine makes the bubbles thick and last longer – we added 4 spoons, though 2 should be enough) – you can buy Glycerine in bulk here US/ UK (affiliate links)
You can find glycerine in the baking session of your supermarket. Glycerin is also great for adding to playdough, as well as snowglobes. So if you are a DIY mum, you will find many uses for it!
Watch our Bubble Video How to or read the instructions below!
Now, as per usual, we have a fabulous bubble recipe making video (as well as how to make a DIY Giant Bubble wand) video for you below, or you can follow our simple step by step written instructions!
1) Mix all your bubble mixture ingredients together.
Tip 1: Try to avoid making bubbles as you do it – i.e. mix it as gently as possible.
2) Leave the bubble solution over night.
Tip 2: The longer you leave your bubble mixture the better, if using as party favours, make it 1-2 before!
The kids then went and trialled it for giant bubbles AND in our bubble machine. They seemed happy (but disappointed than generally they could only manage 2-4 bubbles in one go).
Look at that happy little face! I think that is a thumbs up for this recipe for bubbles!
And then we got out the REAL bubble recipe test (this is 30min after mixing it, I will update the post in a week or so, with updated bubbles). We asked Santa to help us:
Rather frustratingly my smartphone video function packed in – I had Pip Squeak running around the garden squealing in delight at our bubble recipe. That got cut off! But you can see their happy little faces regardless. Playing with Bubbles is simply **the best**. Love love love!
So. Summer… her we come, we are ready – tons of bubbles to keep us busy!!!
How to make your own Giant Bubble Wands
Before we visit the GIANT Bubble Wand (also shared in the video above), I just want to mention that we have some super duper CUTE beaded bubble wands for you to check out. The kids will LOVE them. Both wands will work great with this bubble recipe.
And here is a Giant Bubble Wands craft – so cute and they work SUPER WELL with our recipes! We have two methods.
Giant Wands can be made like this:
The Straws wand is great for big shallow dishes, the stick one is great for deeper dishes. We preferred the stick method because we didn’t have a big enough dish, plus you get your fingers all soapy!
Looking for Bubble Activities? Here are some GREAT Bubble Play and Bubble Art ideas!
- Check out these COOL 3D Bubble Wands – great science for kids!
- Fun with Bubble Snakes
- Create fabulous Bubble Art
- And love this post about Mindfulness with Bubble Play
- Bubble wands are great for New Year’s Eve too – avoid all the noise and have some bubbles for both you and the kids: make cute New Year’s Eve Bubble Wands!