Friday, May 6, 2011

Homemade Bubble Blowing Solution

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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