4 great DIY bubble ideas for some outdoor summer fun

In summer, there's nothing better than running around outdoors in the garden when the weather is gorgeous. One of the funnest and most nostalgic pastimes for children and the young at heart alike is, without a question, blowing bubbles. However, as the following four arts and crafts projects show, when it comes to soap bubbles, there's a whole lot more options than just blowing them in the air and watching them quickly burst. You can make gigantic bubbles, do artistic work with them, or even make ones that won't pop!

1. Unpoppable Bubbles

You'll need:

  • water
  • glycerin
  • dish soap
  • plastic pipette 

Here's how:

1.1 Stir together the water, glycerin, and dish soap in a small bowl and let the solution soak overnight.

1.2 Meanwhile, cut the top half of the pipette balloon. This will allow the liquid to be drawn into the pipette at an angle. 

1.3 Suck on the straw end of the pipette to draw liquid into the device, and then blow out to create a bubble. The result is a much more stable soap bubble than usual — you can do all kinds of things with it, like try playing catch with your friends! 

2. Giant Soap Bubbles

You'll need:

  • 27 fl oz cold water
  • 1 tbsp wallpaper paste
  • 3 oz neutral soap
  • 3¼ fl oz lukewarm water
  • 1¾ oz sugar
  • 2 bamboo sticks
  • cord or drawstring
  • duct tape
  • hot glue gun & glue

Here's how:

2.1 First mix the cold water, the wallpaper paste, and the neutral soap in a flat, large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and lukewarm water and stir together. Then stir this mixture into the other prepared solution.

2.2 In addition to the soap mixture, you'll need the right contraption to create the giant soap bubbles. To make this, drill or cut a hole in each end of the two bamboo sticks.

2.3 Cut a cord or drawstring, wrap the ends in tape, and cut the excess tape off at an angle. Place a little hot glue on the ends of the bamboo sticks and push the ends of the taped cord into the holes of the bamboo sticks.

2.4 Cut a second piece of cord or drawstring. Knot the ends of this string with the ends of the first string which are attached to the bamboo sticks. 

2.5 Thanks to the bamboo sticks, you can now dip the rope into the soap solution and create huge bubbles by swinging the device through the air.

3. Bubble-Blowing Bazooka

You'll need:

  • one 16 oz plastic bottle
  • one sock
  • food coloring
  • hammer & nail
  • bubble solution

Here's how:

3.1 First cut off the lower portion of the plastic bottle.

3.2 Create a hole in the center of the bottle lid using the nail and hammer.  

3.3 Roll the sock into itself and slide it over the bottle.

3.4 Dip the sock in bubble solution and apply a few drops of food coloring to the sock.

3.5 Blow through the hole in the lid and colorful foam will shoot out the end of the sock!

4. Soap Bubble Painting

You'll need:

  • food coloring + one glass of water for each color
  • dish soap
  • 2 straws
  • piece of paper

Here's how:

4.1 Put a few drops of food coloring into one glass of water. Repeat with the other colors. The add a splash of dish soap to each glass. As seen in the video, the glasses should be placed very close to one another.

4.2 To make an extra-long straw, make a small incision at the bottom of one of the straws and then push the other straw inside.

4.3 Place the straw into one of the glasses and blow into the straw so that the liquid foams and rises above the edge of the glass. Repeat this with the other glasses.

4.4 Lay a piece of paper on top of the foam. If the foam begins to fall back down in the glass, just place the straw back into the glass and blow once again.

4.5 Depending on how many times you place the sheet on the glasses, how you arrange the glasses, and what colors you use, you will receive different works of art every time. You can even pick your favorites, frame them, and hang them on the wall as your masterpieces!

The only problem you'll have with these fun summer projects is deciding which one to do first! If you're looking for more unique DIY ideas, here are 10 ways toilet paper rolls make everyday life easier.

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