Making Giant Bubbles
Apparently I am a bubble snob. After my store-bought bubble fell flat I decided to take matters into my own hands. I have been perfecting my concoction and think I have it. And because I am pretty much “go big or go home” I also made my own giant bubble wands. I took this to a kiddie picnic that we had with a few of Henry’s preschool friends and parents and it was a huge hit.
Now the fun part of this concoction is the secret ingredient. Drum roll pleaseeeeee….3oz of personal lubricant a.k.a KY. The silicone is the strenghtening agent that will hold your mighty big bubbles together.
11 cups of water
1 cup of corn starch
2 tbsp baking powder (not baking soda)
3 oz personal lubricant
1 cup of dish soap
1. Dissolve the cornstarch in one cup of water. It is going to feel like glue. put some muscle into it and you will be fine. 2. Dissolve the personal lubricant in 1 cup of warm water. 3. Fill your main container with 11 cups of water. 4. Now add the 2 Tbsp of baking powder, 1 cup of dish soap, the dissolved personal lubricant and the dissolved cornstarch to the 11 cups of water. 5. Stir and you are done.
The mixture will look cloudy. Some cornstarch will settle to the bottom of your container. Just stir it around but don’t stress about it. It will still work.
After the kiddie picnic test run I made some adjustments on the size of the dowels so that the kids could use them more easily. (If you are a No Libs Mom got all my supplies at Metro Hardware and it cost me $10 total to make 4 wands.) This is to make one wands so just change the quantity based on how many kids you have.
1 ft. dowel (I bought a 4ft. dowel and cut it down myself and got 2 wands per dowel)
thick cotton cording
2 eye hooks
1 heavy washer
MAKING THE WANDS:
Cut your dowels down to size. Screw an eye hook into the end of each dowel. If you have trouble tap a nail in the end to help get you started. It can get a little hard to turn toward the end just put a mini screwdriver through the eye of the hook and it will act as a crank.
Time to cut the cording into two pieces. The top one will be 1ft long. The bottom one will be 2ft. long. Slide the washer onto the 2ft piece. Attach the string to the dowel through the eye hook. See picture.
Now just dip the wands into the magic giant bubble solution, twirl around and wait to be crowned Super Mom!
The original wands I made were much bigger. The dowels were 2ft long and the short string was 4ft and the long string was 8ft. It was great for adult but hard for the kids.