Hi! I decided to get back on my autoimmune diet this week and today is my second day of no caffeine and no gluten-free sourdough bread with butter and no lots of other things like cookies. So far, I do not feel very happy about these changes. Anyone else realizing that your eating habits haven’t been that great for the past couple of months? I was given what seemed like special treatment at a car dealership yesterday when I took our van for inspection. I realize in hindsight that they probably thought I was pregnant. I could write a post on this but since it’s a depressing topic, I’m going to talk about bubbles instead.
It’s been ten years since we last made giant bubble wands and in the midst of these seemingly endless days at home for our kids, it seemed like a good time to try again.
I used 1/2″ dowels to make ours. To make a wand, cut a dowel in half and then insert a little screw eye at the end of each half. We made a pilot hole with a thumbtack and then screwed the screw eye in by hand. Next, thread a 36″ length of cotton twine through one eye, string a metal washer, and then thread through the second wand’s eye before tying a knot. You can try longer lengths of twine if you like.
There are lots of different bubble solution recipes out there, and we’ve tried a couple. I’m not sure that one was superior to the other. It’s important to mix the solution in advance and let it sit for at least an hour before using it. Here are a couple of recipes that we have tried:
1. 8 cups water, 1/2 cup Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 T vegetable glycerin (found it in the skincare section at our local Wegman’s grocery store), and 1 T baking powder. I stirred the baking powder and glycerin into the water first and then added the dish soap.
2. Stir 1/2 cup cornstarch into 6 cups water (it doesn’t really dissolve) then add 1/2 cup Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1T glycerin, and 1T baking powder.
If you aren’t up for making a wand, you can buy one along with giant bubble solution on Amazon. (affiliate link)
These wands have kept my kids busy for hours. Let me know if you try this and what bubble solution you think is the best! Making huge bubbles is really fun and kind of addictive!