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Big-Bubble Toy

Make some extra-large bubbles in your backyard with this easy dowel-and-string tool.

Blow huge bubbles with this easy-to-make toy.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Drill with 1/16" bit
  • Handsaw
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Dish soap
  • Corn syrup


  • 5/8" poplar dowel, #19383
  • 420' medium-weight cotton twine, #349224
  • #14 × 1-1/16" zinc screw eyes, large
  • 3/4" flat washers
  • Optional: Valspar spray paint in Sea Spray
  • Optional: Scotch 1-7/8" × 60' duct tape, #369269 and #369274

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Step 1

Use a handsaw to cut the dowel in half. Sand any rough edges with medium-grit sandpaper.

Step 2

Paint the dowels, if desired. The dowels shown here were spray-painted and then decorated with stripes of colored duct tape.

Step 3

On one end of each dowel, drill a hole about 1/4" deep using a 1/16" bit.

Step 4

Twist a screw eye into each hole.

Step 5

Cut a length of twine about 60". Thread the washer onto the center of the twine -- this will weigh down the twine to form a large triangle shape. Thread each end of the twine through the screw eyes and tie the ends together so you have a large circle of twine you can control with the dowels.

Step 6

Use store-bought bubble mix, or make your own solution -- mix 2 cups Dawn dish soap, 12 cups water, and 1/2 cup corn syrup. Let sit overnight.

Step 7

Dip all of the string into the solution and then gently stretch the dowels apart to form bubbles. Blow or let a gentle summer breeze do the work!