Making this DIY Giant Bubble Wand and extra strong bubble solution is a great activity idea that will keep the kids amused for hours.
Hello Kenarry friends, it’s Sam here from A Happy Home in Holland, back again to share one of my DIY ideas. This month, with the kids being on holiday, I thought that it would be fun to do something together with my two girls.
We recently went to a local fair where they had all sorts of kids activities that the kids could try. One of these activities was making giant bubbles using a giant bubble wand made from a couple of sticks and some string.
When I saw how simple but effective they were I thought this would be a fab activity to do at home.
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What You Need To Make The Giant Bubble Wand
- 2 x lengths of wooden dowel (I used a length that was 3/8″ x 12″)
- 8′ of string or cord (I used 1/8″ braided cotton cord)
- washers or nuts
- 2 x screw eyes (or hooks + pliers)
Giant Bubble Solution Ingredients
- 1 cup of dish detergent (the good quality brands work better)
- 4 cups of water
- 2-4 tablespoons of glycerin
- large container
- wooden spoon
How to Make The Giant Bubble Wand
Here’s how to make a DIY bubble wand out of wood and rope. I even have easy step-by-step pictures too.
1. Measure and cut the wooden Dowel
I used a couple of 3/8″ x 12″ pieces of wooden dowel from the local hardware store but you can just as easily use small branches collected from your garden. For younger children, it is a good idea to find sticks that are about the length of their arms. We actually left our sticks long (I was a bit too lazy to cut them down) but my girls managed fine with them.
2. Attach Screw Eyes To each Stick
Once you have your sticks, take two screw eyes and screw one on the end of each stick (I actually used hooks because I already had them at home and just closed the hook into a ring with a pair of pliers).
3. Cut the Cord Into Two pieces
Next, take your cord or string (I used some cotton cord but anything will do for this as long as it is not too thin) and cut one 3′ length and one 5′ length.
4. Tie the cord to the screw Eye
Take both lengths of string and tie it onto the screw eye on one of the sticks.
5. Add washers or nuts to the cord
You now need to weigh the longer piece of cord with a few washers or nuts (I could only find one lightweight washer lying around so I improvised a bit and added a metal key ring clasp – you can use pretty much anything).
6. Tie Both ends of the cords to the other stick
Thread whatever you are using onto the longer length of string and tie both ends to the other stick (see pics).
When you have finished making your giant bubble wand, the string should form a triangle like in the picture below.
How To Make Giant Bubble Solution
The next thing we did was to try to come up with the best and strongest bubble solution that we could.
The man at the fair told us that he used glycerin to strengthen the bubble solution.
We put the water, dish detergent, and glycerin into a large plastic storage container and mixed it with a wooden spoon. You need to do this very gently to avoid it from frothing up.
At first, it wasn’t working at all but we added a little more detergent and glycerin then played about with the solution until we could get it to attach to our bubble wand without popping. You will find that it gets better the more you play with it.
If you ware making it for a party I would suggest you make it a day or two before because if your kids are as impatient as my two they will drive you batty whilst you are perfecting your solution.
I also read somewhere that the solution will actually improve when left overnight – this proved to be true!
*Tip* Coat the giant bubble wand in the solution and then get your kids to walk gently backward.
And that’s it! The kids absolutely love them!
These giant bubble wands are such a simple idea but they can keep them entertained for ages.
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Originally published July 2018. Updated March 2020.