Homemade Giant Bubbles Recipe

Make the biggest bubbles ever with this homemade giant bubble recipe.

Giant Homemade Bubble


Homemade giant bubbles have been on our to-do list for a while, but we were waiting for optimum weather conditions:  humid and overcast, with very little wind. Well, yesterday was perfect, so I whipped up this Giant Bubble Mix in the morning, and we tried it this afternoon.  I an thrilled to report that this bubble recipe really does make the biggest bubbles ever!  And the recipe is easy!

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I have to admit, I was not altogether convinced that this recipe would work.  The ingredients seemed strange, the cornstarch didn’t completely dissolve into the solution, and when I dipped my hand in, to kind of test what it felt like, it just didn’t feel like it would be slick and slippery enough to produce bubbles of any kind.

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How wrong was I?

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It was FANTASTIC!

I got my inspiration for this activity from Design Dazzle,  but I’ve tweaked the recipe a little because I didn’t have the ummm… interesting ”secret ingredient”.  Pop over to see Design Dazzle’s Giant Bubble Kit with printables.  It would be the perfect gift for a summer birthday.

Ready to make some giant bubble mix for yourself?  Here’s what I did:

Homemade Giant Bubble Recipe:

Ingredients for homemade giant bubbles

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  • 6 cups water (distilled is best but tap water is fine)
  • 1/2 cup blue Dawn dish detergent
    *I used the ultra concentrated, but NON ultra (original) is supposed to work even better.
  • 1/2 cup corn starch (corn flour in the UK)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder (not baking soda)
  • 1 tbsp Glycerine
    (in place of design dazzle’s secret ingredient)

To make your bubble mixture:

Dissolve the cornstarch in the water, stirring really well.  Then gently stir in the remaining ingredients.  Avoid creating a lot of froth.  Allow your mixture to sit for at least an hour, stirring occasionally if you see the cornstarch settling to the bottom.  Some of ours continued to settle even while we played with it, but it was fine.

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The more you play with it, the better it gets! 

The first several bubbles popped immediately, and I was feeling deflated, but the more we played with the mixture, the silkier it got, and within a few minutes, we were creating HUGE bubbles.  Some would lift off, and float way above the houses and out of sight.  It was crazy-cool!   We found our groove – arms high and walking backwards worked best for us.

How to make a bubble wand for your homemade giant bubbles:

homemade giant bubble wand with straws and string

 I used two drinking straws, and a length of yarn that was 6 to 8 times longer than the length of one straw.  Thread the yarn through the straws, tie a knot, and you’re good to go!

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This homemade giant bubble mix really does make the biggest bubbles ever.  It was a fabulous activity, and great for all ages;  my son and I had just as much fun with it as the little ones did.

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Yours in play, Jackie from Happy Hooligans

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