Store bought bubbles can get expensive quickly especially when kids spill them. Luckily, you can make your own homemade bubble solution and it’s super easy too! All you need are three simple ingredients (without glycerin!) and you can mix up a large batch of DIY bubbles in 2-3 minutes.
Your children will LOVE this easy bubble recipe and you will too because it provides hours of inexpensive fun. We’ve found this homemade bubble recipe to be just as good as the ready-made versions; it’s strong and great for blowing big bubbles too!
Why should you make homemade bubbles?
Children love blowing bubbles. Even older children enjoy getting in on “bubble fun.”
The issue with bubbles? Kids spill. A lot. Especially younger children.
You’ve been there, right? You find those little containers of bubbles on sale and buy one for each child, thinking how much fun they’ll have on a nice sunny afternoon. You hand them out, the kids go outside excitedly, and 5 minutes later, at least one child is inside crying because their bubbles spilled and are all gone.
Plus add in the fact that even on-sale bubbles can get expensive (especially if you have multiple children as I do)!
That’s where the homemade version is perfect.
You’ll save money with homemade bubble solution.
You can make 3 huge batches of homemade bubbles with this easy recipe and it costs around $4. It would cost me at least $30 to buy that much ready-made bubble solution!
Plus it’s super quick and easy to make DIY bubble solution. My 10-year-old can mix up a batch by himself!
Homemade Bubble Recipe
Homemade bubbles are non-toxic. You wouldn’t want your kids drinking it of course (always supervise your children) and it is safe to handle.
DIY Bubbles Ingredients
- 5 cups of water
- 2 cups dish soap, like Dawn or Joy
- 3/4 cup corn syrup
- container for mixing/storing*
- small plastic containers for individual bubbles (you can even use plastic cups – just make sure your kids don’t drink it)
I found a large plastic container at Walmart for $2.50 – it’s the perfect size for making and storing homemade bubble solution. But you can use an old pitcher or whatever you have around the house.
How to Make Bubbles at Home
1. Pour corn syrup into water
Measure out 3/4 cup of corn syrup…
…and pour into your container with 5 cups of water.
2. Stir well.
3. Add the dish soap.
Measure 2 cups of dish soap…
…and pour into the corn syrup / water mixture.
4. Stir well.
Don’t shake it or you’ll end up with tons of foamy bubbles.
And your homemade bubbles are done!
You’ll also need small containers to pour the bubbles into for each child. You can use a plastic Rubbermaid container or whatever you have around the house. I found these plastic mason-jar look alike containers on clearance for 25 cents each!
All four of my children love these homemade bubbles, even my tween. They have spent 2-3 hours at a time playing together and having contests to see who can blow the largest, strongest bubble!
And I had such fun watching them play and taking photos. Sometimes it’s hard to get the kids to slow down for me to snap a decent photo, but today I got lots of gems. (Except for my middle son who was in a mood and didn’t want to play.)
Emily had an idea to use her fingers as a wand too. It was messy but it worked well.
I thought it was a pretty creative way to do something different with bubbles! They blew some really big bubbles this way! And you don’t need any extra “big bubble blowing” supplies!
What’s your kids’ favorite way to enjoy blowing DIY bubbles?