Many years ago, I mixed up a recipe for giant bubble solution that I saw on the PBS Zoom TV show. I was teaching science to homeschoolers at the time, and we had a blast making gigantic bubbles!

Recipe for Giant Bubble Solution

The secret to big bubbles is glycerin. When I was re-organizing the pantry in January, I found a bottle of glycerin that I didn’t realize I had. So yesterday, I finally mixed up some bubble solution for the boys.

Recipe for Giant Bubble Solution

To make our giant bubble solution, I mixed:

  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of dishwashing liquid
  • 2 Tablespoons of glycerin

For best results, let you bubble solution sit before using. 24 hours is recommended. I let mine sit for about 3 hours, and we still had good results!

Recipe for Giant Bubble Solution The other secret to giant bubbles is to make a bubble blowing frame out of straws and string. Simply thread a piece of string or yarn through two straws, tie the ends together, and you have a frame for blowing bubbles! Aidan made several of different sizes for us to use.

Recipe for Giant Bubble Solution It was a really windy evening, so our bubbles kept popping right away. I’m planning to do this again when the air is more calm. Even with the wind, the boys had a blast blowing bubbles. They invited out the neighbor girls to see our awesome bubbles, and all five of them played until we were almost out of solution!

Recipe for Giant Bubble Solution I saw an idea on Steve Spangler Science to use a plastic water transfer pipette to blow bubbles. Well, since we have MANY pipettes leftover from a science lab day, I thought we’d try it! It worked really well for the big kids! (The little boys couldn’t remember which end to blow on…) To do this, trim off the squeezing end of the pipette, and then dip that end in the bubble solution. Blow on the end where the water normally comes out.

Recipe for Giant Bubble Solution Then we had to try the bubble snake that has been all over Pinterest! To do the bubble snake, simply cut the bottom off of a plastic water bottle. Slide a sock over the end that you cut. Dip the sock in the bubble solution, and blow!

It was pretty amazing!

Recipe for Giant Bubble Solution Where to get the supplies:

You can find glycerin at most drug stores, or you can order glycerin from Amazon (affiliate link). A 4 oz. bottle will be plenty to mix up this bubble solution at least 3 times (I didn’t figure out exactly how many tablespoons are in 4 oz. – my math skills are lacking!) I have read that you can use corn syrup in place of the glycerin, but I haven’t tried it!

I also totally recommend ordering the plastic water transfer pipettes! We have used them for mixing colored water, coffee filter art, and a science experiment with disposable diapers. And I have another activity planned for tomorrow where we will use them again!


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  1. sarahelisabeth Apr 18, 2013

    I think we might be using this recipe, this summer!

  2. JDaniel4's Mom Apr 18, 2013

    Wow! These look awesome. JDaniel would love them.

  3. Jess T. Jul 8, 2013

    That's great!!

    Thanks for the ideas! I love them!

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  5. Maria Jun 1, 2014

    Thank you so much for take the time to share, I have a childcare and preschool program in my home and looking for this summer camp for my boys who are coming back to have the summer here they are now in second grade, great ideas.

  6. health information technology careers Jun 2, 2014

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  7. Stephen Nov 30, 2014

    4 fluid ounces = 6 tablespoons

    So yeah, that's enough for three batches.

    1. Stephen Dec 1, 2014

      Scratch that.

      4 fluid ounces = 8 tablespoons

      You should be good for four batches.

  8. Monaliza Kiprawi May 19, 2015

    Here i want to tell,i how to do the giant bubble solution.

  9. Amy Doubrava Apr 19, 2016

    Will this solution store well. Making some up for a church kids function, and would like to be able to store this for a later date like over the summer...

    1. Sarah Apr 20, 2016

      Amy, I have never tried to store it, so I'm not sure!

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  11. Thpmas Lee Boles Aug 14, 2020

    Could I make big bubbles to hug and squeeze before I break them? How long do they last and how loud is the pop? Some people say humidity makes a difference? Would the bubbles last longer or be stronger if occasionally sprayed with a fine mist?

  12. Beth Harrison Mar 4, 2021

    I bought a bubble machine from Amazon. Would you used this recipe as is or alter it for use in a machine? Thanks for your time!


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