A Homemade Bubble Pipe made from a straw and a coffee filter! Pair it up with some dish detergent straight out of the bottle, and blowing bubbles just got a whole lot cheaper and easier!
Blowing bubbles is one of those classic childhood activities that never gets old! Normally, every spring I whip up a batch of our Giant Bubble Mix, and we spend the day making the biggest bubbles you could ever imagine. Today our weather was perfect for bubble blowing! Overcast skies and high humidity. I didn’t have any bubble solution on hand though. I certainly hadn’t made any, and I couldn’t even find a jug of dollar store bubble mix. What to do, what to do…
Well, I’ll tell you what we did. We got out the dish soap and a few household items and started experimenting. And we discovered that we could make some pretty fine bubbles with things we had around the house.
This is one of the homemade bubble blowers that we had the most fun with!
Homemade Bubble Pipe:
It’s a homemade bubble pipe! Remember bubble pipes? I never quite understood their purpose when I was a kid. I thought a bubble should take flight and float up and away over the roof-tops. Not so with the bubble pipe. What was up with that? Recently I saw these amazing bubble snakes over at Housing a Forest, and it all made sense!
And so today, I decided we’d see if we could make a bubble pipe one with some stuff we had on hand.
To make your homemade bubble pipe, you’ll need:
- drinking straw
- coffee filter
To make your bubble pipe, simply tear off a small piece of the coffee filter. Not a big piece at all. You know the size of a square of toilet paper? Probably about a quarter of that size.
Place that piece of coffee filter over the end of the straw and twist the loose stuff snugly around the straw.
Wrap a piece of tape around it a couple of times to hold everything in place.
Using straight dish soap as bubble solution:
I’ve heard for years that when you’re making bubble solution Blue Dawn Original (NON-Concentrated) dish soap is the best brand to use, so I figured if any detergent was going to work as a bubble mix straight out of the bottle, it would be this one. Guess what! It was GREAT!
I poured 1-2 tablespoons into a shallow bowl. Just enough to make a small puddle for the girls to dip the end of their bubble pipes in.
Bubble solution tip:
The trick here, as with all bubble mixtures, is to try to avoid rapidly stirring or swishing soap. That will create a lot of foam and froth, and you’ll have problems blowing any bubbles. You want to keep the detergent as close to its normal, liquid state as possible. I just kept encouraging the girls to dip their straws in and out of the soap slowly and gently.
Check it out! I was so amazed at how well these bubble pipes worked! We were actually able to gently transfer our bubble blobs to a solid surface and then we’d blow another string of bubbles and gently transfer it on to the first blob. We’d repeat again and again, and we ended up making some decent bubble structures!
Not bad for a straw and a coffee filter, is it?
And now you know, when you’re in a pinch, that you don’t need bubble solution and a store-bought bubble wand! You can make your own bubble-fun with a few simple things that you already have on hand!
Stay tuned! The next homemade bubble blower I’ll be sharing requires only ONE common household item!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.