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Bubble Wands

Bubble Wands

June 18, 2014

Summer is almost here! This was by far the craft I loved designing most for Rhythm of the Home. These wands are still made every year during our summer solstice party, and they will be party favors at Emma Jeanne’s first birthday party. Nothing says summer quite like bubbles.

Bubbles and summertime go hand in hand. There is something magical about spending the afternoon watching bubbles float across the warm air, and even more so when you make the bubbles and blower yourself.

My kiddos have recently fallen in love with making their own wands, and they have become a staple gift in our household. A jar of homemade bubbles, and a magical wand always bring a smile to any little one’s face. They are also a staple at all of our family picnics. Galvanized steel buckets are filled to the brim with bubble sauce, as my middle son likes to call it, and we eat our corn on the corn to the sounds of popping bubbles and the taste of dishwashing soap.

Bubble wands are easy to make, and require just a few tools to transform wire and beads into the perfect wands for many different sized bubbles.

Bubble Wands

Materials

18″ gauge wire
Beads
Pliers
Plastic or metal pipe 1″ in diameter.

There are two ways to make these wands. The first is to fold your wire in half and place it over over the pipe, wrap a few times around itself at the neck and secure. In this version you have two equal length of wire and a round head. You will need larger beads for this version.

The second is to fold just the top of the wire over the pipe and secure it at the neck. This leaves you with just one length of wire, and the head. This allows for smaller beads, but it can also be a little bit more flimsy.

Place your beads on the rest of the wire, and secure with a decorative pattern to keep beads from falling off.

Dip in bubbles for hours of magical fun!

Homemade Bubbles

My mother gave me a bubble wand for my 16th birthday, and I remember the most beautiful afternoon spent eating and playing on the beach of Half Moon Bay. The recipe was attached to the bubble wand, and I have kept the concoction with me all these years. The recipe produces beautiful (and huge!) bubbles that will bring a smile to parent and child alike.

4 cups water
1 cup Dawn dish soap
1/4 cup corn syrup

Fill a bucket with your water, and gently add the other two ingredients. Stir without creating foam/bubbles and enjoy!

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Susan June 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm

So lovely to see you here in this space again lately 🙂

Thank you for the bubble idea! I recently gave bubbles and a wand to my niece’s three year old and it was SO fun to watch her face on the windy beach as she made some really awesome bubbles. This project sounds like fun for my 11 year old and ME too. On the list for the summer!

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Heather June 19, 2014 at 8:54 am

Thank you :). It feels good to be back in this space again as well. I remember my mom doing bubbles with me on the beach once, and it was one of the best childhood memories. Summer just loves bubbles :).

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Dee June 19, 2014 at 7:29 am

What a fun idea! I’ll have to pick up some wire for my kiddos to make these today! 🙂

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Tonya June 19, 2014 at 9:25 am

Love this simple idea Heather – one that the children can do.
Thank you.

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Gerri June 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Oh, what fun!!! Thanks for sharing.

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