Make giant bubbles :: weekend adventures

Giant bubbles. They sound fun don’t they?  Well, let me assure you, they most certainly are.

No matter what your age, whether you have kids or not, if you feel a bit down, or grumpy, spend some time making giant bubbles and I promise you’ll feel better.

For starters, it’ll get you outside.
You’re reading this thinking you won’t care and that you’ll not be bothered about how big a bubble you create, but once you start making those bubbles, you’ll revert back to your seven year old self.  On  on a mission to get the biggest bubble you can.

You’ll laugh, you’ll have fun, you’ll play and you’ll be creating something beautiful. Something that is perfect to photograph for Instagram should you be so inclined, and what’s even better, is that you can do it all for very little money indeed.

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What you need to make a giant bubble wand

  • Two sticks, any size.
  • Screw eyes, like these
  • A washer, or some kind of weight
  • Some string
  • Bucket or tub or something to put your bubble juice in (not too small as you don’t want to get tangled up string)

 

You can also make a giant bubble wand from straws and for that you’ll need

  • Two straws
  • Some string

See how easy all that stuff is to get?  You probably have most of it already.

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How to make the giant bubble wands

  1. Screw the eyes into one end of each stick
  2. Cut two lengths of string, one at about 20 inches, one at about 40 inches.  This can be different  depending on how tall you are, but basically, you want the length of the shorter string to be roughly the length of your arms held apart as you’ll have to hold this taut.  The second piece of string, the longer one, should be double the shorter ones length.
  3. Thread the shorter length of string through the screw eyes and tie at each end.
  4. Thread the washer on the longer length of string, then thread through the screw eyes again and tie the ends.
    It should look a bit like this:

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For the straw version, simply thread the string between two straws and make a knot.  Simple!

How to make bubble juice for the giant bubble wand – I followed this recipe which I’ve copied below here in UK measurements:

  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of washing up liquid, you need to use a concentrated one if you can
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp of glycerine (or cooking oil)

Dissolve the corn flour into the water and then stir in the remaining ingredients. Try not to create any froth.  Leave it to sit for at least an hour, and if you see the corn flour settle to the bottom, give it another stir.

Try if you can, not to let the cornflour build up on the bottom, we did and it took a while for the mixture to get to the right consistency. We had to give it a good stir before we could start making bubbles.

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Creating giant bubbles

This is a bit tricky, and skill is definitely involved.
We didn’t get any bubbles until after a few goes as they kept popping before we got the wands out of the mixture!  So practise and take your time.  The other thing to remember is to take the bubble juice to somewhere shady if it’s a sunny day, as the sun and wind will pop your bubbles.

The best weather for this is actually overcast and not too windy, so pick a spot that’s sheltered and in the shade if you can.  Then dip your wand into the mixture, fully submerge it.  Slowly take it out and carefully either walk slowly backwards, or let the wind create the giant bubbles and enjoy!

 

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Author: Zoe Lea

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