homemade bubble recipe for kids.

My mom used to make a great homemade bubble recipe growing up, one that made for enormous life sized bubbles.  I figured it was about time I replicated the recipe and made a day of bubble fun for my kids.  It’s so easy it hurts.

Here are the ingredients for your Homemade Bubble Recipe:

  • 1 cup of grease cutting dish-washing liquid
  • 10 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons of glycerin {available at drug stores}

Three ingredients.  You can so do this.  If you want to make enough bubble mix for a birthday party or another summer activity for kids, you might want to double this recipe.

Measure the dish-washing liquid into a big bowl.

Add the glycerin into the mix.  Once you’ve mixed that up a bit, add all your water.  Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together and you’ll have a bubble-y bowl of happiness.

Take your bubbles outside {unless you’ve decided to mix the bubbles outside to start with, in which case I applaud your brilliance} and start making fun.

We used a few different kitchen utensils to make the actual bubbles.  We started with a small kitchen strainer with mixed results, and moved on to the big guns of a cheesecake pan.

The cheesecake pan made beautiful, huge, wonderful bubbles.

I think homemade bubbles would be really fun for a kids birthday party activity in warm weather.  Can’t you see using up an entire hour just making bubble messes?  You could end in a small swimming pool and send everyone home happy with cupcakes at the end.

Have you ever made homemade bubbles with your kids?  You really should, it’s great fun.

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Hello there! I’m Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I’m super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we’re a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Boston Mamas :

    LOVE this! Super easy and saves on all those little containers of bubble mix (most of which just get spilled).

    • Allison :

      Suuuuuuper easy. And the bubbles it makes are huge, which is a double bonus!

  2. danish :

    Oh, I love the idea of the cheesecake pan!

    I actually buy a big bottle of bubble mix at Big Lots (do you have Big Lots in UT?) for $3 and it lasts forever.

    • Allison :

      We do have Big Lots. I actually have to stay away, it’s dangerous for me to go in there. These bubbles however get HUGE huge.

  3. jenB :

    I have the recipe, but the cheesecake pan as bubble maker is BRILLIANT!

    • Allison :

      Well, we rummaged around the kitchen until we found something suitable. I’m sure there were other things in my cupboards that might have worked too, but the cheesecake pan was perfect!

  4. Stacia :

    When I was at camp last week (where we did the edible banana facial and made flower hair clips, thank you very much) I told myself I was going to find a homemade bubble recipe as soon as I got home since the bubbles I bought for the boys this summer wouldn’t bubble…cheap crap! And here you are, perfect as ever fulfilling my every need!

    • Petit Elefant :

      I love that you start this with “When I was at camp last week…”. Nothankyouverymuch.

      I love that you made the facial & the hair clips! I live to make you happy. The bubble mix is fabulous. Do you remember ever doing these at my house? They make huge, amazing bubbles.

      Go Stacia!

  5. Marie :

    So fun. Perfect for the summer!