Friday, February 24, 2012

Homemade Bubbles

In my house growing up, bubbles always appeared in our Easter baskets...along with kites, sidewalk chalk, and other "it's still too cold to play outside, but we really want you to play outside" presents. Our bubbles were usually gone by the end of the day, and that pretty much did it for store-bought (or bunny-brought) bubbles until the next year. Luckily my mom had a few tricks up her sleeve and, with some pipe cleaners and a little dish soap, she could make us disappear for awhile with a fresh batch of homemade bubbles.

You'll need:

2 cups water
1/2 cup liquid dish soap
1/8 cup corn syrup
large container for mixing

Pour all the ingredients into a large container and shake it up. (Empty milk bottles or Tupperware containers with a tight seal work great.) Allow the bubbles to settle for a few minutes before using. 

These bubbles worked great, although I noticed once the solution sat in the bottle for a couple of days, I had to shake it up to remix the solution.

Abe loves bubbles. Even before he could talk, he figured out where I kept the bubbles, and would sit there pointing up at the shelf waiting for me to figure out what he wanted. No wonder "bubbles" was one of his first words!

Of course, bubbles are even more fun when you have a friend to share them with!

You can always make your own bubble wands, but if you start out with store-bought bubbles, hang onto the wands after the bubbles are gone. Trust me, you can never have too many bubble wands!


  1. If you make the bubbles with baby shampoo instead of the dish soap if the bubbles pop they don't hurt their eyes :) and they smell really good! :)

  2. Being made with corn syrup, are they sticky or leave what they touch sticky when they pop?

    1. Not that I noticed, but we only used them outside or on carpeted surfaces.