Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Recycled mini bubble blower, edited!

I am so sorry about any inconvenience but when I published my original instructions in an effort to make the blower more colorful I incorrectly used acrylic paints which will not stay on the blower.  I realized that it is better to use spray paint made specifically for plastic!  Sorry...I'm only human, maybe a bit more than most people.  LOL

Summer is now officially here.  There will soon be outdoor parties and reunions, and vacation bible school.  This project uses recycled empty bottles and a few simple and inexpensive items to make a mini bubble blower that blows tiny bubbles.  I have even included a recipe so you can even make your own bubble solution or take the easy (and more expensive) way and a buy some pre-made.

You will need:

Mini empty sample shampoo bottle for each bubble blower

Cardboard covered with plastic wrap or waxed paper, scrap newspaper for spraying the paint. Work outdoors where there is plenty of ventilation

Spray paint specifically made for plastic available in discount dept. stores

Small scrap of plastic canvas, any color

Glue gun and glue sticks (an adult will need to do this step)

Small scissors

For the bubble solution you will need:

1 cup  of water
2 tablespoons of Karo syrup or glycerin
4 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid (Joy works best)
Funnel to fill the bottles

Mix the Bubble ingredients together and set aside .

1.    If you cannot find spray paint made for plastic just leave it unpainted, no kids I know will mind.  Spread some newspaper outside and spray the bottle on all sides.  Stand up the bottle on the plastic wrapped cardboard.   Let the paint dry completely. 

2.     Cut a piece of plastic canvas four squares across and however many down you need to fit in the bottle you are using. You can cut it later if it is too long. 
Some plastic canvas mesh is wider than what I used.  If this is the case you can cut it three across instead of four. It should  fit in the neck of the bottle.

3.     With a hot glue gun add a bead of glue in the inside cap and stand up the plastic canvas strip.  Hold in place until it sets.  Make sure you do not get any glue on the inside screw area of the cap.

4.     When the paint is dry and the bubble wand set, using the funnel fill the bottle with the bubble solution that you have made.  The blower will blow mini bubbles. 

I just had a blast making bubbles...and I am sort of an adult!


Gretchen Bjornson ART said...

Experiencing the same thing here! I don't have time for this!

maddyrose said...

You too? I just tried adding pics to one of the pages on my blog and couldn't. Wonder what's up with blogger now. I was trying to follow the instructions for making a bubble blower and decided I must be someone who learns by looking at pictures. Interesting. I used to write manuals and now I can't follow written instructions. This getting old phase just keeps getting more exciting all the time. Hope we get to post pictures soon as I had big plans for my next post and since words are beginning to fail me I need those pictures.

craftattack said...

Blogger is just mad again! Valerie

Daniella said...

Ugh blogger. You are the second person today that can't put pictures up!! What is it with blogger?
Good Luck!

LadyCat said...

This looks like such a fun craft project! You are so creative : )

Magic Love Crow said...

This looks like so much fun! I love it! Thanks Crystal ;o)

Leovi said...

Beautiful bubble blower, I try to make one for my son.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Great project! When my daughter was small, she loved to blow bubbles..oh all the bottles we went thru!

Daniella said...

Horray!! Your pictures worked!
I love your crafty kids projects!!!

ileana said...

That bubble blower looks pretty fancy. Wish my kids were still at the age to enjoy these kind of crafts. It looks like a great project...thx for sharing!

jamberry_song said...

Blogger's still having issues, is it? Ugh. But this is such a clever idea! I'll have to try making some of these for the neighbor's kids. They'll love 'em!

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