Giant Bubble Recipe and Wand Instructions
Guar Gum Giant Bubble Recipe
- 1 gallon tap water
- 1 cup Dawn dish soap
- 2 heaping teaspoons baking powder
- 1 heaping teaspoon guar guam
- 4 teaspoons of glycerine
First, bring the 1 gallon of water to a boil. While the water is heating, mix the 1tsp of guar gum and 4tsps of glycerine in a bowl to make a slurry. I boil my water in two parts since I don’t have a large enough pot, then transfer it to a large metal bowl.
Pour the boiling water in with the slurry and whisk vigorously. Add the 2tsps of baking powder and whisk the solution periodically as it cools..
Add the 1 cup of Dawn dish soap, gently stir and let rest for 24 hours.
Water- No need to buy any special water for this project.
I haven’t had any problems using tap water and I live in Houston, TX where we have hard water.
I recommend using boiling water, guar gum will not dissolve properly in cold water and you will end up with lumps. I tried using really hotwater from the tap and still ended up with lumps.
Soap- I’m currently using Dawn dish washing detergent. I have tried
several different brands and types of soap, Dawn has worked the
best. Plus, you can help save wildlife..
Guar Gum- This is a binding agent found in the baking section of some grocery stores. I’m using the Bob’s Red Mill brand and found it locally at HEB and Central Market. You can also find it online.
Giant Bubble Wand
I make my bubble wands using bamboo cane. Cane is light weight, water resistant and sturdy.
Cane is light weight, water resistant and sturdy. This type of wand is inexpensive and easy to make, though it can be cumbersome to carry around. All you need to do is drill a hole at one end of the cane, large enough to fit a plastic zip tie through.
- 2 bamboo cane of the same length
- 20′ of cotton rope (more if you want to make handles)
- 1 large stainless steel nut
- 2 plastic zip ties
The rope needs to be cotton, I found mine at Home Depot. I’m still in the testing phase for rope, so many diameters and such. The rope I’m using right now is a cotton/poly blend about the diameter of a pencil. The poly serves no purpose for bubbling and only adds weight, which becomes significant for long term use and should be removed.
First, decide how big you want your loop to be. It doesn’t have to be exact, you only want the bottom section longer than the top. For example, mine ended up being 4’5″ on top and 8’5″ on the bottom. So, I probably cut almost 14′ of rope to use. I find this to be a manageable size loop.
After you cut your length of rope you want to remove the poly fill. Start at one end and you should be able to see the silky thread inside. Pull it out until it stops. When this happens, work out the scrunched up cotton part and repeat. It takes a minute to do, but worth it.
And PLEASE cut up the poly thread before throwing it away. I imagine it ending up around the neck of some animal. Hint, wind it around your hand, then you only have to make two cuts.
First, decide which end of the canes will be for the loop. Next, drill a hole that will fit a small zip tie through.
Take your rope and lay it out on a clean surface, making the loop the size you want. The shape should be like an inverted triangle.
Knot both ends creating a small loop on each end. Attach the loops to the bamboo using a zip tie. Next find the center of the bottom of the loop and tie a knot, leaving a few inches on the end. Slide the nut on that end and secure it in place with another knot. (Pictures coming soon)
I added the handles after I tried out the wand, so that I could see where my hands rested naturally. I glued the rope in place with hot glue.