Homemade Bubble Recipe for Kids

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Summer is in full swing and I am on the hunt for fun activities for kids that involve a little outside play time.

I have been wanting to make a homemade bubble recipe for a while. My boys LOVE to play with bubbles! What about your kiddos?

This morning we made these bubbles really quickly and easily. I bet you’ve got the items on hand to make them.

This version makes a little over 4 cups of bubble solution.

By noon it was too hot to play outside much, but this will be a perfect morning or late evening family activity.

Ready for the simple recipe?

homemade bubble recipe from crystalandcomp.com


  • 4 c hot water (just use tap)
  • 2 T glycerin (pantry staple alternative at the end of the post)
  • 1 c hand soap or dish soap
  • 3 drops of your favorite essential oil (totally optional, but this adds a happy scent!)

How to Make Homemade Bubbles

You will also want a large jar and spoon for mixing as well as bubble wands.

This DIY bubble wand for kids to make is the perfect addition to a craft filled day at home! This will work really well with our DIY bubble solution.

Add the hot water to a large jar that you can mix the bubbles up in.

Add the glycerin and the soap. (I have alternatives below for glycerin.)

Easy Homemade Bubble Recipe

Add a couple of drops of Joy essential oil, this is totally optional, but it certainly makes for a happy smell! Here is where I buy essential oils online.

Use a spoon to gently stir. Minimize making lots of foam at the top.

homemade bubble recipe adding Joy essential oils

Grab your bubble wands and you’re ready to go.

I found a packet of 12 online for a pretty reasonable price and free shipping.

homemade bubbles using glycerin

The kids had lots of fun until they got too hot.

There are so many fun things you can do while making bubbles. See who can make the biggest bubble!

activities for kids homemade bubbles

My husband and I had even more fun than the kids.

He was home for lunch and we made bubbles in the front yard.

Any idea how hard it is to get good pictures of bubbles? They are translucent do they are hard for the camera to focus on. Not to mention the wind blows them away fast.

Homemade Bubble Recipe using Essential Oil

The glycerin in the recipe will help make the bubbles thicker.

This will prevent them from popping so quickly.

Homemade Bubble Recipe how to

See all of the things you can create using different shaped wands.

Homemade Bubble Recipe for Kids

Who can create the most bubbles at one time?

this man of mine

This bubble was MASSIVE!

homemade bubbles

Such a fun activity to do as a family.

how to make bubbles at home

When was the last time you played with bubbles?

Have you ever considered making them homemade? It really is super easy!

homemade bubble recipe for kids


What Can I Use Instead of Glycerin for Bubbles

If you do not have glycerin on hand, you can substitute it for the same amount of light corn syrup.

How Do You Make a Bubble Wand Out of Pipe Cleaners

No wands on hand and can’t get an Amazon order? Grab a pipe cleaner. Take one end of the pipe cleaner and form it into a circle about the size of a quarter. Use this to dip into your jar of bubble solution!


How Do You Make a Bubble Wand with Straws?

Grab about 10-15 straws and put a rubber band around them. Dip them into your bubble solution and use them as a wand. Super fun!

How to Use a Plastic Cup to Blow Bubbles

Pop a hole in the bottom of the disposable plastic cup. Dip the bottom of the cut into the bubble solution. Blow into the cup and bubbles will come out the end! Easy Peasy!


Here are more ways to use essential oils in your home.

Homemade Bubble Recipe for Kids

Homemade Bubble Recipe for Kids

You will always have bubbles on hand for your kids to enjoy with this super quick how-to!


  • 4 c hot water
  • 2 T glycerin
  • 1 c hand soap or dish soap
  • 3 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)


  • large jar
  • spoon
  • plastic bubble wands


  1. In the large jar add the glycerin, soap, and hot water.
  2. Add a few drops of essential oil, this is optional and just for a refreshing scent.
  3. Gently stir to avoid a lot of bubble buildup on the top.
  4. Use bubble wands and have fun!


  1. Go Lenny with the bubble blowing skills (& the “use manual dang it!” suggestion) 😛

    I need to get me some glycerin! Thx Crystal 🙂

    1. Gabi- I hate shooting in manual… I know, I should do it.

      But he was right. He generally is!

  2. This is such a fun looking recipe! With summer here lots of bubbles are used around our house. I will have to give this one a try this weeks with the kids.

    1. We had a blast Jill! (And there is still some left for another day!)

  3. Crystal,
    You have great timing, because we have a family picnic coming up. Bubbles are spilled and sad faces will not prevail. This quick Bubble recipe will be pre made and ready to rescue any empty bottle!
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

  4. I love the idea of adding essential oils to bubbles for extra sensory pleasure! You got some gorgeous photos.

  5. Does the brand of dish soap matter in this recipe? I’ve seen others that specifically say the blue Dawn liquid. That’s not available here in Tanzania so I’ve been hopeful to find a recipe that was more flexible.

    1. I don’t think so. I used some antibacterial hand soap that I still had. (I’ve been making my own hand soap with Thieves and Dr. Brown.)

  6. We’re just about to run out of bubble mixture so this is perfect timing – and those bubbles look awesome!

  7. Who knew it was so easy to make your own bubbles? I can just imagine adding some lavender oil and having a relaxing afternoon lying in the grass making thousands of these!

    Thank you for linking up at Thank Goodness It’s Thursday, Crystal. After getting lost on your site for more time than I want to admit to, I hope to see you next week with more of these awesome ideas!

    1. Oh, lavender oil would smell amazing! What a great idea.

  8. Visiting from #ThisIsHowWeRoll Linkup!

    I need to to make more bubble solution for this spring. The only thing I don’t have is glycerine. I’ve done the soap and water attempt, but that really doesn’t work well. So thanks for the “secret ingredient”! I enjoyed this post. 🙂

  9. How fun!! What a great idea for a birthday party or any day in the summer – I love it! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  10. We go through so much bubble solution. I really should try making my own! We would love to have you link up this project and others at Family Joy Blog Link-up Party every Sunday at noon EST on Ava’s Alphabet and 5 other great blogs. Have a great week!

  11. My kids love bubbles, especially my daughter! We go through store bought bubble soap like crazy in the summertime. I’ll definitely have to try this! Thanks so much for sharing with #FamilyJoy Blog Link-Up Party. 🙂

  12. Great idea! I think I might bring this to our summer block party!! Thanks for sharing this week on Throwback Thursday!!


  13. Such a cute idea to add scent to the bubbles! We have made some wonderful bubbles using Joy dish soap, glycerin and water but I never thought of adding essential oils. Pinned.

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