Day 30: diy Bubbles, Wands and Blowers with Pie Birds, Buttons and Muddy Puddles

Monday, May 30, 2011 Aimee Larsen 5 Comments

I am so excited to be guest posting here at HomeSpun Threads! The Summer Soiree posts have been great and have given me many ideas of how to fill the summer days with my two boys. I am Andrea, from Pie Birds, Buttons and Muddy Puddles. I love to craft, cook and create, and find ways to be frugal and make things myself. Today, I am going to show you how to make your own bubbles, wands and blowers at home, for a fraction of the price you pay at the store! And it's fun, I promise. My boys, ages 5 and 3, had a blast helping me make the bubbles and wands, and had even more of a blast playing with them! All the pictures in this post were taken my good friend and photographer, Travis Sharkey. You can check his blog here. Okay, let's get started!
Homemade Bubbles, Wands and Blowers
You will need:
1 gallon plastic jug (recycled from your gallon of milk or water
2/3 cup of Joy dish soap
2 1/2 Tablespoons of liquid glycerin (found in health and medicine area of Walmart or any other drug store)*
plastic straws
plastic bottles (recycled juice or water bottles)
*you can substitute Karo light corn syrup for the liquid glycerin if you can't find it
Directions:Measure your dish soap and glycerin in a measuring cup.

  Pour into your plastic jug.
Fill the jug with water. Let the suds at the top subside (I let the water help push some of them out of the jug and into the sink). Cover the jug and shake really well. My boys had fun taking turns shaking.
To make your own bubble wands, cut straws in various lengths and make any shape you like. We did triangles, diamonds and squares.
Insert string into the center of each straw to string the straws together into your shape.
Tie a knot to secure, and cut off any excess string. If your string frays at the ends, you can use a lighter to melt the ends to prevent fraying. Make sure an adult does that step.
To make your own bubble blowers, cut the tops off of recycled juice or water bottles. You might have to poke the center of the bottle with a knife to get an opening, and then use kitchen scissors to even the cut all around. You can make these any length you want. We cut ours pretty short. Again, this step is for adults.
We used a couple smaller water bottles, and one big water bottle. Now we are ready to play! Head outside with your homemade bubbles, wands and blowers.
Pour some of your homemade bubbles into a tray or pan (an old round cake pan works perfectly).
Dip your straw wands into the solution...
And blow!
How cool is that?
You can also wave the straw wand around, instead of blowing. You will get longer bubbles this way.Try out those bubble blowers too! See how big you can make a bubble. Moms are allowed to play too, you know.
The big bubble blower was pretty cool.
Making homemade bubbles, wands and blowers is so easy and super fun! Now go raid your recycle bins and have a great summer! Come and visit Pie Birds, Buttons and Muddy Puddles for more fun kid activities and plenty of great summer recipes.
Thanks Aimee, for letting me participate in the Summer Soiree at HomeSpun-Threads.


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [31 May 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. Great job!  Fun ideas.  Thanks for sharing Kristy from

  3. You can also make bubble wands with pipe cleaners.   

  4. Hello,

    My name is Nicole Eno and I am a digital editorial intern with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. On Wednesday we are launching an online campaign called Savor Summer that is meant to focus on a plethora of projects and activities that capture the essence of summer. One of the projects that we chose to spotlight was homemade bubble wants, and after searching online we thought the photos that you included on your blog were great! We would love to use them as part of our inspiration photo gallery for the bubble wand project and will include a link to your website along with the pictures. Also if at all possible, is there any way that we could have larger images? They will work better on the website. Thanks so much for your help and I look forward to speaking with you!

    Nicole Eno

  5. Si no te importa pongo un enlace en mi blog:
    Un saludo


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