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This past weekend I ditched my family, flew up to Washington, and spent some much-needed quality time with some old friends, and then a couple of days with my BFF Libby and her kiddos. Since I had a short amount of time to have a lot fun, I made sure to jam-pack my weekend with as many activities as possible. We did a lot of sightseeing and shopping, but a four year old can only take so much boring adult stuff. I made sure to add in some fun with a few DIY bubble activities – one of my favorite uses for soap. (We all know that doing dishes isn’t my favorite.)
We started by making our own awesome bubble solution. The recipe is pretty simple. You need 6 cups of filtered water (tap will work in a pinch), 1/4 cup of glycerin, and 1 cup of dish soap. Some people say that making your own bubble solution isn’t cost effective, but I found cheap glycerin at a soap making store, and the huge bottle of Palmolive was about $3, and I barely made a dent in it.
It’s also really great if you have an adorable helper to gently stir your bubble solution. Once your bubble solution is all mixed up, transfer it into a container or two. It is best if you let it sit for at least 24 hours, but it will totally still work if you only have a few hours to spare.
Once you have your bubble solution ready, you need some good bubble-blowing tools. We had a variety of bubble wands and made a giant bubble maker using a dowel, hooks, a washer, and yarn. But the real star of the show was the Dry Ice “Bubble Machine.”
My friend Debra gets the credit for this idea. She made one of these a few weeks ago and my kids went crazy for it. I changed it up a tiny bit by adding pipe-sealing tape to make sure it was extra airtight. It was pretty simple to put together. I found the perfect canister at Walmart when I was picking up the soap, but you could totally use any plastic jar you have around the house.
We cut a little “X” in the side opposite the handle with a sharp knife. Be very very careful when doing this, and be sure to keep the blade facing away from your body. I don’t want anyone going to the ER when they should be having fun. After that just stick a length of tubing into the spot, seal it with the pipe sealing tape, and then cover with electrical tape. Add a funnel (ideally one that fits snugly into the pipe) to the other end of the tubing, sealing it the same way. Then you’re ready for the coolest bubbles ever!
A few more safety tips:
- Wear gloves when handling the dry ice.
- Use a potholder when handling the hot water.
- Be careful that air is coming out of the container or it will explode!
The four year old was totally impressed by all of our crazy bubble contraptions.
We took turns making giant bubbles. I wasn’t that great at it, but Libby has some mad giant bubble skills.
Bubbles are so rad.
I kind of loved the Original Palmolive for our bubbles. They smelled fantastic and had a cool glowing green color going on. It was hard to choose though, because there are quite a few amazing scents to choose from at Walmart.
If you want to choose the next great Palmolive scent, you can enter their #Palmolive25Ways contest. Not only do you get a chance to pick your next favorite dish soap and find more fun soap ideas, you’ll also be entered to win awesome weekly prizes and have a chance at a $2000 Walmart gift card!
Special thanks to Libby and her kids for their participation and awesome photography skills that made this fun post possible!