Summer Fun: Bubble Wand

I can still remember sitting on the back porch of my childhood home, blowing bubbles with my Mom on hot Summer days. Specifically home-made bubbles made from dish soap. To this day, the smell of Palmolive takes me back.

We had this awesome red-plastic bubble wand that was almost shaped like a pipe (remember that, Mom?).

Anyway, it allowed you to blow multiple tiny bubbles at once. And when we tried really hard, you could get a “monster bubble” as I like to call it.

Fast forward (oh, let’s just say several) years to today, when I became determined to re-create that wand for my little boy.

I did a little digging, and found out that you can make your own at home with nothing but straws and tape. So we decided to give it a try.

I made our own bubble mix first, using:

1/3 cup Palmolive (of course, what else?)
1 cup water
2 tbsp corn syrup

Then I went to work on our wand. I just used a few leftover party straws (any straws should do) and a bit of Washi tape (again, any tape should work just fine).


I’ll be honest, I was doubtful. But I tested it out while my son was napping and practically giggled with delight when it created the exact same bubbles I remembered as a kid.

I was six-years old all over again.



Isaiah absolutely loved it (no surprise there). He even let me take a few turns. And at one point, when I blew into the wand and didn’t make any bubbles, he politely told me…

“It’s OK. Just try again, Mommy. You’ll get it.”

So, according to him…I’ve got potential. :)

10 Responses to “Summer Fun: Bubble Wand”

  1. Melanie {Reasons To Skip The Housework}

    This is so super genius and fun! I am off to make one ASAP! You’re featured on The Inspiration Network today! Thanks for such inspiring ideas!

    Melanie & Diana
    The Inspiration Network Girls

  2. DianaLWard

    Grandsons are using up all the straws to make these now! ;)

  3. Steph @ Three Loud Kids!

    This is the greatest idea! Im going to have to try this with my daughter!

  4. Sarah S

    Lovely idea, but why the corn syrup.. Necessary ?

    • Alli Aars

      Thanks, Sarah! You can make the mixture without, but the corn syrup makes the bubbles last longer in the air. Much more fun. :)

      • k4spice

        Hi! I’m not familiar with corn syrup here in uk, what is it? While I don’t expect you’ll know the UK name for a substitute, can you explain what it is so may seek an alternative, please? Kirsty x

  5. Marianne Flanagan

    Will try this with my head start kids-we’ll do this as part of a science experiment!

  6. Leslie

    Best bubble recipe and wand ever!!!
    It was so simple I made both minutes after stumbling upon your post. My 13 month old and I were equally excited!!
    Thank you so much for sharing!!

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