Giant Bubbles

0 Posted by - January 14, 2013 - DIY & Crafts, Kids

This pin test was originally posted on CraftFail.

I don’t have any kids, but I’m still a sucker for a super-easy, homemade recipe that results in something fun, like giant soap clouds, or BIGASS BUBBLES! Enter the Giant Bubbles pin…

Image from, user ~Leslie~

Image from, user ~Leslie~

What fun! And I happened to have all of the ingredients on hand. Now, you probably all remember that my corn syrup is woefully past its expiration date, but no one died last time I used it, and this recipe isn’t even meant to be eaten, so I figured I was golden.

First I added corn syrup to the water…


I was a little afraid that the two would not combine as the whole thing began with a solid-ish lump of corn syrup at the bottom of the water, but it all mixed eventually.


Then I added my dish soap.


The instructions said to stir gently without creating bubbles, and I almost managed.


I chanted my usual mantra of “good enough,” and took the whole thing outside to test it out.

For control purposes (since I’m always so scientific), I blew some grocery store bubbles first.


And then I moved on to my vat of BIGASS BUBBLES.


Uh… All I can say is, “Womp womp.” (That was a sad trombone noise, in case you didn’t get it.)

I did manage to get a big bubble here and there, but nothing like in the pinned picture. Plus I didn’t have a kid and a dog running around my ankles like maniacs, so I don’t think I had nearly as much fun.

I guess I can’t call this a total fail, but it’s a total disappointment, anyway.


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  • Beth Caudill

    You’ll notice in the upper picture, he’s using a much larger wand. He isn’t using a standard wand so I wouldn’t compare the two. I think your bubbles are just fine.

    • lemon floor wax

      I had a feeling this would be a discussion about wand size.

  • ChickieD

    My mom taught 7th grade science, and I believe that you also need to add a touch of glycerin to this to make the giant bubbles work.

  • KarenB

    Glycerin and a big ass wand. I’ve done this off the roof of an apartment building and it was awesome. Especially while drinking.

    • Chelle Crew

      Would this big ass wand make big butt shaped bubbles? Cause ass bubbles would be ever more fun!

  • Eileen M Coesens Mitsui

    Yep, it’s the wand. :) Bigger is better unless you are talking about cold sores or bills. Your bubs are fine! “I think we need a bigger….” wand.

  • Piggie4

    The original is using like a tennis racket (forgive my crappy spelling)

  • Melissa Prado

    Tiny bubble blowing wand = tiny bubbles. :) Look at the monstrosity he’s using in the image.

  • Jasi Lee

    glycerin is the way to go. if you’re doing the corn syrup you might get tougher bubbles? tastier bubbles? idk. but glycerin will getcha great big orbs.

  • Katie

    Who cares about dumb bubbles? I really like your skirt!

  • Melissa

    Bigger the wand the better the fun. ;)

  • Julie Hayward Brantley

    So…we have found more evidence to support the statement “size DOES matter”

  • Chelle Crew

    It’s not about the size of the wand, but how you blow it that counts.

  • Ethne @ Wom Mom

    Who are these amazing pintestes that can see his wand? I can’t even see it for cripes sake. It’s covered up by his house-sized bubble. I imagine there is something to be said for wand-size, and that being said, the bubble where we see your super cute skirt is pretty nice. Once again, I toss this out to Pinterest lying to us.

    • Craig Thom

      It’s red. Does that help you see it?

  • Diane

    I can’t claim to see his wand, but… bigger wand always means bigger bubbles. Try a bigger one! Make one out of a wire hanger if you need to, and blow away his bubbles!

  • Von

    I really like your posts, but, goddamn, your commenters take things to a new level of funny.

  • Sharon

    He’s using something like a Bubble Thing. I probably can’t link so if you Google “Bubble Thing,” you’ll see what I mean.

  • blackhuff

    Pity that this didn’t go the way they advertise. At least you got some bubbles.

  • Crystal Kelly Yzaguirre

    it looks like he was using a coat hanger or something, not a regular wand. That could explain it

  • rere

    Well, dumbass.. He wasn’t using a small wand like you were.

  • adnama79

    Yep – I was an awesome nanny who made giant bubbles. Smaller than yours, same idea – two drinking straws and a string.

  • Gargoylz

    OK, that A-hole is using a freakin’ tennis racket and that little girl looks scared shitless! Why is the grown ass man playing with a bubble-racket, smiling to himself while his daughter gets attacked by Cujo!?!?! Damn Pinterest, u is brutal!

  • Maurie627

    If you have a metal hanger you can stretch it out and make a huge ass bubble wand. Throw some of the bubble solution on a baking sheet and voila, big ass bubbles

  • Joyce

    The original pin looks like it is all about perspective. Those bubbles might be floating right in front of the camera and the child/man a little further back. So your bubbles did quite good!

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