DIY Wire Bubble Wands: A Crafty Twist on a Fun Pastime!
These diy wire bubble wands are adorable, and so much fun! It’ll take you back to your childhood pastime of blowing bubbles and watching them drift and float in the breeze (and pop). This little bubble wand diy craft would be great for parties or weddings (I hear that bubble-blowing has replaced rice tossing nowadays… )
If you can make it teeny enough you could incorporate it into a cute necklace – do you remember those by the way; mini bubble blowing necklaces were a hot item back in the ?90s, early ’00s. For awhile I thought about making one of these for a relative’s granddaughter – I thought that would be a neat idea.
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There are a number of ways to go about this, but to make a small bubble wand; I want to show you the best way, which is by using my favorite medium -yep, wire! I am using multiple rolls of different gauges – (18, 22) Pliers, (needle nose and blunt end) beads, and a clean workspace.
I was also trying to find a cute bottle with which I would put the bubble soap in….so I wanted to make sure when I made my wand the loop part would fit through the opening.
Supplies For Making Bubble Wands
To get started with this project, you’ll need – obviously – wire and a nice variety of it! To add interest, try to strive for multiple gauges. Choose a somewhat thicker gauge for the main part of the wand, like 12, 16 or 18 , and 20-24 gauge would be great for making embellishing strands to go around the wand.
Additional items will include:
A pair of pliers – needle-nose and blunt-nose
(Nice, but not totally necessary) Some pretty beads, the kind used for jewelry making.
Let’s Get Started!
Start with your largest gauge wire for the main “body” of the wand. A thicker gauge like 12-18 will ensure your wands are strong and sturdy enough for use. How long you want to make yours is up to you; I’m making mine about 6-7″ in length.
Trim off the amount of wire needed…I use an emery board to file down the wire ends as they can be a tad sharp. Use your pliers and bend a small loop at the end.
Now to make the larger end loop which will be the bubble-blowing end, we need a little strategy here to make a nice, neat round loop, as it can be tricky. Find an object that is small yet perfectly round like a small bottle of glue, toothbrush holder, etc. (I ended up using one of my old markers)
Take your object of choice, and wrap the open end of wire around the object to form a nice round loop.
Wrap the remaining end piece around the stem until it’s tucked all the way around. If any wire end is exposed, use the blunt end pliers to push it down so it doesn’t show. All right – you’ve got the base of your wire bubble wand complete 🙂
Now we’re going to embellish it a little more, to make it look prettier, and the additional use of wire will strengthen it further. This is where you can use some of the smaller gauge wire. I’m using different colors for fun. You can thread beads through like I did, to further pimp this thing out!
I remember when I was a kid I had a bubble wand that was clover leaf shaped; it made bubbles in patterns. You can be as creative as you want when you make your bubble wands …try for more than one, better yet, and experiment with multiple loops, like I am doing here.
Multiple loops will let you make really cool looking cluster bubbles!
Once you’ve wrapped wire to your taste, finalize the ends and use the blunt end pliers to push them down as loose wire ends can scratch or poke you.
Alright – you did it! Now comes the next most fun part…trying them out with some soap solution😄.
Trying Out Your New Wire Bubble Wands
When you are ready to try out your wands, you’ll need a soap concoction. It was kind of tricky at first to get it right, because although you only need a few ingredients to do so, you have to add them correctly. You need some dishwashing soap (think Dawn, Ajax, etc.), warm water, and glycerin.
Pour the water into your bottle or jar first and then add the dishwashing soap in a skinny stream so it goes to the bottom and doesn’t form suds. I did it bass-akwards at first and when suds form on top it won’t work, the little bitty bubbles just sat on the loop of my wand and evaporated.
Then add a little bit of glycerin (about a teaspoon) I added a teeny pinch of glitter for kicks too. Stir it slowly (so suds won’t form)
Now you are all ready to take your new wire wands for a test blow outside!
Wasn’t this fun? Experiment with different shape looped wands and see what kind of bubbles form.