The Best Homemade Bubble Recipe

Updated on June 27, 2019
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Alyssa is a wife and mom who loves spending summer outdoors doing fun crafts and activities!

Everyone loves blowing bubbles! It's a fun summer activity for kids of all ages, 1–99+. Buying bubbles at the store is fine, and you can get some great deals, but making your own bubble solution is way more enjoyable. You can get really creative with the solution and with wands. It's easy to whip up, and kids love to help! The ingredient list is short, and you most likely have everything you need right in your kitchen. Gather up the kids and get ready for a wonderful summer afternoon spent hanging out in the backyard, blowing bubbles.

All you need to make homemade bubbles!
All you need to make homemade bubbles!

Materials Needed:

  • A large plastic container. I used an old tote.
  • A small plastic container or bowl
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dish soap. I used Ajax.
  • 6 cups water
  • Food coloring (optional)

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Mix cornstarch into 1/2 cup of water. Mix well. Stir in an additional 1/2 cup of water.
Mix cornstarch into 1/2 cup of water.
Mix cornstarch into 1/2 cup of water.
Mix well. Stir in an additional 1/2 cup of water.
Mix well. Stir in an additional 1/2 cup of water.

Step 1

Put the cornstarch in the small plastic container. Slowly pour 1/2 cup of water into the container, mixing well. This helps ensure that the cornstarch completely dissolves.

Step 2

Use an additional 1/2 cup of water to rinse the rest of the cornstarch out of your measuring cup and stir it into your cornstarch/water mix.

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Pour 5 cups of water into a large plastic container. A large tote works perfectly!Pour your cornstarch mixture into your large container of water.
Pour 5 cups of water into a large plastic container. A large tote works perfectly!
Pour 5 cups of water into a large plastic container. A large tote works perfectly!
Pour your cornstarch mixture into your large container of water.
Pour your cornstarch mixture into your large container of water.

Step 3

Pour 5 cups of water into your large plastic container. Then add in your cornstarch mixture.

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Stir in baking powder. Mix well.Add dish soap.Add in 5 drops of food coloring for pizzazz! Stir until everything is mixed well.
Stir in baking powder. Mix well.
Stir in baking powder. Mix well.
Add dish soap.
Add dish soap.
Add in 5 drops of food coloring for pizzazz! Stir until everything is mixed well.
Add in 5 drops of food coloring for pizzazz! Stir until everything is mixed well.

Step 4

Stir in your baking powder. Mix well. Then pour in your dish soap. Additionally, you might like to add in a few drops of food coloring for a little pizzazz. Make sure to stir everything really well and allow your mixture to rest for about an hour.

Get creative and experiment with different materials for wands. An old plastic bottle will make large circular bubbles. Try a wire coat hanger for a challenge!
Get creative and experiment with different materials for wands. An old plastic bottle will make large circular bubbles. Try a wire coat hanger for a challenge!

DIY Bubble Wands

If you have plastic bubble wands laying around your house, grab those out to try in your bubble mixture. This is also a great time to experiment with different materials to see what works as a bubble wand and what doesn't. Get creative! Use different textures and shapes to see if you can create custom bubbles. If you have old plastic bottles, cut the bottom off to use as a wand. You can use different-sized bottles and have a who can blow the biggest bubble contest. Just be sure the bottom of the bottle doesn't have any sharp edges.

Final Step

Take your bubble mixture and wands outside for an afternoon of fun. If you added food coloring to your solution, make sure to steer clear of concrete so you don't stain it. Also, grab a spoon or whisk to take along so you can stir the mixture from time to time. The cornstarch has a habit of solidifying and separating from the liquid components. A quick stir solves the problem and you're back in business!

Happy Trails!

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      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        2 months ago from Ohio

        Yes, I think so. haha! We have a lot of fun doing crafts and finding creative ways to enjoy the summer. :)

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        Bill Holland 

        2 months ago from Olympia, WA

        You're just a big kid at heart, aren't you, Alyssa? Too much fun! Your boy is lucky to have you for a mom.

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