Make giant bubbles

Photo of giant bubble

Giant bubbles are easy to make and fun to do; a perfect activity for a group of any size! Here's our giant bubbles recipe. 

You will need

  • 11 Litres of water
  • 3 Tbsp baking power
  • 1 Bottle of washing up liquid
  • 1 Tbsp xantham or guar gum powder (from the health food shop)


  • A big bucket
  • A spoon
  • Small sieve
  • Cotton string
  • 2 pieces of bamboo or dowling



Step 1

Sift the baking powder into the washing up liquid and add the xantham or guar gum – stir until smooth

Step 2

Add the water a bit at a time whilst trying not to make too much froth

Step 3

Leave solution to settle for at least 2 hours (once you’re ready to begin give it a final mix)

Step 4

Make a triangle shape out of the cotton string with the short bit at the top, tape one end of the short string to the top of a stick. Repeat with your second stick then add a weight at the bottom

Step 5

Soak your tri-string in the soapy solution

Step 6

Now you're ready to start creating some giant bubbles! Sumberge the string, right up to the handles, in the mixture and slowly lift it up. Gently pull the handles apart, until the strings are pulled tight. Let the wind or a slow movement help a big bubble take shape.

Photo of a child and a giant bubble

Making a small batch

The above recipe is for a giant batch of bubbles, but if you want to make a small batch, here's how: 

You will need

  • Half a bottle of washing up liquid
  • Half a cup of corn starch
  • A tablespoon of glycerin
  • 6 cups of water


  • Cotton string and 2 pieces of bamboo or dowling


Start by dissolving the corn starch in the water. Add the other ingredients but don't let it froth up too much! Allow it to stand for at least an hour. When you're ready to go, just give it a good stir and blow yourself away with fun!


Whip up a big batch of bubbles and release them into the air for a wonderful spectacle at your next Big Lunch! Don't forget to sign up to our monthly newsletter too for more top tips and activities!