Friday, May 6, 2011

Homemade Bubble Blowing Solution

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Today, I'm going to share with you how to make homemade bubble solution.  I finally got the ingredient that makes them bigger and better!  You can just mix dish soap with water to make bubbles.  But, the ingredient that really makes the bubbles big and wonderful is glycerine

When the "Bubble Lady" came to my kids' school a couple months ago, they told us her "recipe" in a weekly bulletin.  They said she uses lots of Dawn dish soap and a couple drops of glycerine.  And then I saw in one of my parenting or kids' magazines about the glycerine too.  So, Thursday, I finally got a chance to get to the drugstore to get it.  The pharmacist was so sweet and walked me right to it!  It was on the bottom shelf in the skin care section.  I paid $4.99 for a 6 oz. bottle.  The picture below was taken after we used it.  See how high it still is?  This will last the whole summer and then some!

We made our solution in a 5 gallon bucket.  I used a little less than 1/3 of a 24 oz. bottle of Dawn.  I filled the bucket about 1/3 of the way with water (I thought it was half, but part of that was bubbles!) and used 45 drops of glycerine.  We started with just 5 drops of glycerine and kept adding until we got a solution that we liked.  We didn't know how much glycerine to use, so we just blew bubbles and kept adding glycerine until it worked for us.  Our magic number was 45.  And that 45 drops barely even touched the bottle.  So, we'll have plenty of glycerine to make bubbles this year!!!  When we were done for the day, we funneled the bubbles into old Pepsi and water bottles.  Next time, we'll just pour some from one of those bottles into a dipping dish.  It made about (8) 12-16 oz. bottles.
Here are some more pictures!  We used a plastic bottle with the end cut off to make big bubbles.  We also twisted some pipe cleaners into bubble wands. We cut little circles out of the bottoms of styrofoam egg cartons and of course we used some left-over bubble wands.  We also added a little blue Tempera paint to a little batch of bubbles to try colored bubbles.  If you try this, be aware that it may stain. 
I thought the BIG Bubble pictures turned out so cool!  Do you know how hard it is to blow a big bubble and then take the picture?
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Everyone have a great Mother's Day weekend!!





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10 comments:

  1. I'm very impressed with your bubble picture taking skills!! Looks like your girls had a lot of fun with it :)

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  2. A few years ago we bought a Klutz book with a big bubble wand attached. The formula also used glycerin, and the pharmacist said they didn't have any. My husband found it at that pharmacy, and apparently it's under stomach ailments.

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  3. I love bubbles!!! Whoo hoo!!!!!
    ~Naila Moon

    http://onegreatbigmashuganaworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/featuring-faces-fridaymay-6th.html

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  4. I'll have to try this because my little girl loves bubbles. Thanks for sharing. Thanks also for your comment on my blog, Saving Cent by Cent. I'm following you now too. :)

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  5. Great post! Thanks for sharing the info and thanks for stopping by tonight. I'm a new follower. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

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  6. This is such a great idea!I will remember it. My daughter is still too young for bubbles, but next summer....

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  7. I'm finally catching up on Wandering Wednesday's Blog Hop and have followed you via GFC.
    Happy Mother's Day! :-)
    Elizabeth

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  8. Wow, that looks amazing. I'm going to have to make some awesome huge bubbles at my tie dying party this summer!

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  9. Nice bubble! This sounds like so much fun to make. I've got to keep this recipe on hand for when the grandchildren come to visit. Thanks.

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  10. Wow, you have some good bubble making solution. Makes me want to make some now and go blow bubbles with the kids!

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