How to Make a Giant Bubble Wand and Bubble Solution

If you're in need of some magical outdoor fun, here's how to have a bubbly good time!

By: Carla Wiking

There is something especially thrilling about making and popping giant bubbles. With a few simple and inexpensive materials you can make a giant bubble wand and extra-strength bubble solution. If you struggle to find the guar gum powder required for these special bubbles, this wand also works well with our other two homemade bubble recipes.

Tools and Materials

  • (2) 1/2” x 36” wooden dowels
  • (1) large washer
  • chenille yarn
  • optional: paint
  • (1) gallon distilled water
  • (1) heaping teaspoon guar gum powder
  • (1) heaping teaspoon baking powder
  • (2) tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • (1) cup dish washing liquid

Step 1: Paint Wands

Paint the dowels a fun color and allow them to dry.

Step 2: Add Eye Hooks

No tools required, simply twist the small screw into the end of each dowel.

Step 3: Cut Yarn

You will need one piece about 45" long and a second piece about 70" long.

Step 4: Attach Shorter Yarn to Wands

Tie the shorter piece of yarn to the dowels. Use a strong knot to tie each end of the yarn to one of the screw eyes.

Step 5: Attach Longer Yarn to Wands

Thread one or two washers onto the longer length of yarn and then tie each end to the screw eyes. This will create a triangle of yarn when the dowels are held open with the shorter length of yarn across the top and the longer one weighed down in the middle by the washer.

Step 6: Gather Bubble Ingredients

Gather supplies for the giant bubble mixture. You’ll need distilled water (tap water will do if it is not too hard), guar gum (found online or at some health food stores), baking powder, rubbing alcohol and dishwashing soap.

Step 7: Make a Slurry

Add 1 heaping teaspoon of guar gum and 1 heaping teaspoon of baking powder to a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of alcohol and stir until well combined.

Step 8: Mix It Together

Add the slurry to the water. Place 1 gallon of water in a small bucket and stir it vigorously to make a whirlpool. Pour the slurry into the center of the whirlpool.

Step 9: Add Soap

Get your whirlpool going again and pour one cup of dish soap into the center. Try not to create too many bubbles as you stir in the soap. Let the mixture sit for at least 10 minutes.

Step 10: Make Giant Bubbles

Dip the strings of your wand completely into the bubble bucket. Slowly pull them straight out, then raise the wands and open them wide to create giant bubbles. If there is a slight breeze you can simply stand still, otherwise you might need to walk backward slowly to get the bubbles to fly off.

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