Children’s Craft Idea: Homemade Bubbles

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This is a really simple and easy way to make your own bubbles at home.  I highly recommend trying this because you will get those huge gorgeous bubbles that the kiddos will love.

Sometimes I buy bubbles at the store and I find the bottle is a dud and we barely get any bubbles out of it.  I couldn’t believe how easy this was to do and perfect to take with you for a 4th of July picnic!

I made this in about 8 minutes total and I just used things we already had on hand.


Children’s Craft Idea: Homemade Bubbles
Recipe type: Children’s Craft Idea
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  • Dish Soap
  • Light Karo Syrup or Glycerin
  • Water
  1. Add 1 cup of water to a large bowl
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of Light Karo Syrup or Glycerin
  3. Add 4 tablespoons of dish soap
  4. Mix together and that is it!

The Karo syrup you might already have on hand, otherwise it is about $3 at most stores. Glycerin is a little harder to find, I have had good luck at Michael’s. I believe it is about $5 but you can usually dig up a coupon to use for 40-50% off.

I just multiplied the recipe to make 8 cups and we used the large bubble wands from the Dollar Store.

You get big, thick bubbles that the kiddos will love.  My 3 year old and 4 year old took turns chasing the bubbles and had a great time.

***Note: For the dish soap you will get the best results if you use Joy, Dawn or Ivory.

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Becky S. June 21, 2012 at 2:49 PM

I just bought glycerin just to make bubbles…it took three stores/pharmacies to get it. I wish I had known I could get it at a craft store! They all looked at me like I was making a bomb…no, I just want to make my kids some bubbles that actually WORK. ;) Thanks for sharing this!

jessica June 21, 2012 at 2:51 PM

How timely. I was just blowing bubbles for the girls. :)

Charlene June 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM


I didn’t try the Glycerin but I have it from a prior project. It was a nightmare to find. It is near the cake baking stuff at Michael’s for sure in a tiny little bottle.

The Karo syrup worked perfectly.

Kristi June 24, 2012 at 4:51 PM

You can usually find glycerin at a natural foods store or anywhere that sells oils for aroma therapy.

susan June 28, 2012 at 5:51 AM

You can also find glycerin in the band aid aisle. That is where I found mine at Walmart – it’s listed as a skin protector.

tiffany July 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I bought glycerin from amazon. a big bottle at about $13 but it’s lasted forever!

Jodi July 7, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Just made this for my kids, and I’ll be linking back to you tomorrow. Thanks so much for the great recipe.

Charlene July 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Totally worth it right Jodi! What a difference those bubbles have over the little ones from the store.

Vickie January 21, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I fo und my glycerin at Joann’s Fabric near the baking supplies.It was about $5 for a small bottle but I used a coupon – it’s never on sale. Works great. My granddaughter is always saying the “other bubbles” don’t work.

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