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Spring is here and that means longer days and more time for the kids to play outside. And theres nothing like bubbles to inspire fun. Try our homemade recipe for a natural, non-toxic, and inexpensive solution that is guaranteed to have your kids running, jumping, and giggling for hours. You can take the activity indoors, too, by using the bubble wands in the bathtub or creating a DIY station at a birthday party.
Colorful pipe cleaners (Bubble wands)
Liquid Vegetable Glycerin (or White Sugar)
Wide mouth jar with an airtight lid (baby food or old spice jars are great choices)
Start by combining 1 cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of white sugar. Stir in the sugar until it is completely dissolved. Next stir in the teaspoon of glycerin. Gently stir in 2 tablespoons of Honest Liquid Dish Soap.
Pipe cleaners can be found at most craft stores. To create a bubble wand take one end of the pipe cleaner and bend it to form a circle approximately the size of a quarter or whatever size you desire. Just make sure it will fit inside the jar you selected for your bubble solution. Once you are happy with the size and the shape twist it together tightly so it stays locked in place. You can use the top or neck of the Honest dish soap bottle as a guide to form a perfect circle. Get creative with your shapes. Have fun with it!
The addition of the glycerin or sugar makes the bubbles last longer before popping. Glycerin can be purchased at most health food stores. We found a 4 oz. bottle of vegetable glycerin at Whole Foods for $3.99. If you cant find glycerin, just double the amount of white sugar in your recipe.
Store your bubble solution in an airtight container and make sure it is clearly labeled. If you dont have any cute labels lying around, grab some masking tape (or duct tape) and a black marker and create your own label. The bubble solution should store nicely for at least 1 month. Just make sure to stir, dont shake, the solution before every use.
Looks like a fun project to do with my grandson!
I love bubbles. This is a great idea!!! Thank you.
Love it!!! Such a great idea and fun DIY!! Keep them coming. Cant wait to try it !
Love it 🙂 Cant wait to do this with my kids! Thanks
We hope you have tons of outdoor fun and would love to see pics of your kids chasing their homemade bubbles. Feel free to share on /thehonestcompany or tweet @Honest with HonestDIY.
Do the different shaped wands make different shaped bubbles? Or is that simply a cutesie factor?
All bubbles will be round regardless of the wand shape.
The wand designs are just for fun and each will produce round bubbles. The great thing about using pipe cleaners is that your kiddosand you!can get creative in bending shapes.
Actually, its not the sshape of the wand its the shape of your mouth while you blow and you have to be thinking of the shape you want the bubble to be in. Think square thoughts! blow square bubbles all the time! Its fun and easy. LOL
Also if you have a purple bubble wand your bubbles will come out purple!!!
Do you have a recipe for finger paint and play dough?
We have those on our editorial calendar, so theyll be coming soon!
Such a cute idea! Cant wait to try it!!!
We made ours today and didnt have much luck. I had a bar of glycerin that I shredded some of rather than buy the liquid version. Ill try again with liquid next time.
Good luck with round 2! Keep us posted on the outcome of the bar v. liquid glycerin.
Wont this draw ants with the sugar added? We all know the bubbles pop on the child as well as the potential of spillage.
I tried to make this with the honest laundry detergent and didnt seem to work well. Will need to try to add more glycerine and detergent. Ive heard that you need to use distilled water for best results
Thanks for the feedback on the recipe. While both the laundry detergent and the dish soap work, weve had the best results with the dish soap. Keep us posted on how you refine the bubble mixture wed love to share it here!
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Hi- is it one teaspoon of glycerin or one tablespoon? It looks like it says both in the recipe. Thanks! 🙂
Love this and cant wait to try it. Those homemade wands are adorable! Thanks so much. I will be featuring this post in an upcoming bubble play roundup at my site. Pinning, tweeting, sharing!!
Thanks so much, Jelli! Were honored to be featured in your bubble play roundup.
I remember using papaya stems ( wand ) as a kid, and that was ages ago! This is my homemade recipe for bubbles : 2 cups water, 3 tbsp dishwashing liquid, 1 tsp baking soda, i tsp sugar!
What a lovely memory, Rocrisel! Thanks for sharing your version with us.
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I tried this recipe using The Honest Lemon Verbena dish soap and it didnt work well, at all. Do you think its the lemon?
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