Enchanted Bubble Blowing Wands (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Enchanted Wire Bubble Blowing Wands - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Enchanted Bubble Blowing Wands – tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These enchanted bubble blowers are lovely as gifts, wedding favors, birthday party favors, package decorations, and more.

Enchanted Wire Bubble Blowing Wands - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

They’re easy to make – first you create a wire bubble wand, and then add beads or whatever magical embellishment you wish:

Enchanted Wire Bubble Blowing Wands - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The bubble wands shown above are two different sizes:

  • the small copper bubble wands are approximately 1.75″ (4.5 cm) long
  • the larger brass bubble wand is approximately 3.5″ (8.9 cm) long.

Supplies:

  • A piece of 16- or 18-gauge round wire:

    9″ (23 cm) long for the larger bubble wand, OR
    6″ (15.25 cm) long for the smaller bubble wand.

    I used copper and brass wire; you might also try Artistic wire.

  • A 6″ (15.25 cm) piece of 24 gauge round wire, for attaching the beads to your bubble wand.
  • Colorful seed beads (or other beads / embellishments you want to add to your wand).
  • Wire cutter.
  • A file, cup burr, or knife sharpening stone for smoothing off the wire ends.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Ring mandrel (or a dowel, PVC pipe, pill bottle, chair leg, or other cylindrical object that’s about 0.75″ to 1″ [2 to 2.5 cm] in diameter).
  • Ultra-fine tip Sharpie marker.

Enchanted Wire Bubble Blowing Wands - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

How to Make Enchanted
Wire Bubble Blowing Wands:

These instructions show making the larger (3.5″) wand size.

First, cut your 16- or 18-gauge wire to the desired size:

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Use your cup bur, file, or knife-sharpening stone to smooth and round both ends of your wire:

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With your ultra-fine tip Sharpie marker, make a mark about 2″ (5 cm) from one end of your wire:

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Now we’re going to make the bubble-blowing hoop at the top of your wand.

Of course, you can make it any shape you like – circle, heart, square, oval, triangle, etc. – but I find that the bubbles blow most easily from a circle.

Leaving that 2″ end of your wire straight, wrap your wire around the ring mandrel to form a nice circle (I used ring size 15 on the mandrel):

Make an Enchanted Wire Bubble Wand - Rena Klingenberg

Now with your flat nose pliers, make a bend in the main wire stem below the circle you just made.

We want to center the main wire stem under the circle, like a lollipop:

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Now your wire should look like this (see how the 2″ end of the wire is straight, and the stem is centered below the circle):

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Now we’ll wrap that straight 2″ end of wire around the main stem of your wand, right below the circle.

(If you’re new to making wrapped wire loops, or you’ve had trouble making them previously, see my 3-minute video, How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop.)

Use your flat nose pliers to grip the circle firmly, and use your fingers or chain nose pliers to wrap the 2″ wire end around the stem of your wand:

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Now use your wire cutter to trim off the excess wire.

Place the flat side of the cutter blades as close as you can to the wire wraps you just made, and snip off the extra wire:

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Use your chain nose pliers to squeeze down that cut wire end, so it won’t catch or scratch anything:

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Now your wire should look like this:

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Now we’re going to make the handle at the other end of your wand.

First, find the mid-point of your bubble wand’s stem, and mark it with your Sharpie marker:
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Place that midpoint of your wire against your Sharpie marker, and wrap the end of your bubble wand stem around the marker, making a teardrop shape:

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Use your round nose pliers to bend that teardrop loop enough to center it under the main stem of your bubble wand:

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Now your wire should look like this:

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Now for some creative fun!

Use the leftover long end of your wire to design an enchanted look for your bubble wand.

You can make any kind of spiral, swirl, squiggle, etc.

I loosely twined my wire end around the stem to make a magical vine:

Enchanted Wire Bubble Blowing Wands - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

On the smaller wands, I just made a small curling handle:

Enchanted Wire Bubble Blower Wands by Rena Klingenberg

Now embellish your bubble wand!

I used 24-gauge wire and a seed bead mix to add sparkle and color to my bubble wand:

Enchanted Wire Bubble Blower Wand tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

When you’re finished embellishing, your bubble wand is done!

Enchanted Wire Bubble Blowing Wands - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can use a commercially-made bubble-blowing solution, or make your own (see recipe below).

Enchanted Wire Bubble Blower Wand tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Enchanted Wire Bubble Blower Wand tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Homemade Bubble Blowing Soap Recipe:

3/4 cup water
1/4 cup liquid dishwashing soap
5 drops glycerin (OR 1 tsp sugar if you don’t have glycerin)

Optional: Add a couple of drops of food coloring for extra magic.

Mix all ingredients together, and store in a container that’s a good size for dipping your enchanted bubble wand into.

Enchanted Wire Bubble Blower Wand tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Learn the Basics of
Designing Your Own Wire Jewelry?

Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components Class In my Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components video class, you’ll learn how to get great ideas for wire jewelry designs – and then follow my easy system for turning those ideas into successful pieces of jewelry.

By the end of this online video class, you’ll be designing and making your own artistic earwires, clasps, connectors, and pendant bails.

You’ll also learn my tips for making wire jewelry more easily, with more professional looking results.

 

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Comments

  1. This would be perfect for spring street events! I’d also attach a printed “recipe” for homemade bubble fluid! A quick Google search will bring that right up!

  2. I am just sitting down to make some small bead “little” girl bracelets to sell for Easter and this is perfect to match up with a bubble blower. I now have to make a trip to the dollar store for bubbles to give as a free gift with purchase.

  3. What an amazing idea! Any little girl would love these pretty wands over the ugly plastic ones that come with bubble!

  4. What a cool idea!! One of these and some bubbles would be a great addition to my $10 bin at the craft shows I attend.

  5. Mary Anne Enriquez says:

    OMGosh…these are AWESOME! What a clever and beautiful idea! Thank you so much!

  6. I love these!! Someone asked me not long ago to make some party favors for her wedding reception….I didn’t think about something
    like this!!!! Thanks.

  7. Patti Panuccio says:

    a gift for a princess

  8. I absolutely LOVE these – they are SO pretty! And everytime you dip them in the dishsoap, it cleans the copper. I’ll bet the wands sparkle as much as the bubbles in the sunshine – hard to know what to look at! :)

  9. Thanks so much for your lovely comments! Pam, great idea to have these at a street fair – and a cool addition would be if you know a young person who could spend the day demonstrating the bubble blowers at your booth.

    Cindi, what a lovely idea to pair these up with bracelets! I think that would be an irresistible combo.

    Nancy, I love your idea of making these for your $10 bin. You could easily net a nice extra amount of cash from sales of these!

    Tamara, you’re right, they do get beautifully shiny from dipping them in the bubble soap. I hadn’t thought of that when I came up with this idea, but during my extensive testing (playing) with them, I did notice how sparkling clean they became.

  10. Hi Rena

    What a great idea! I never would have thought to use wire to make these bubble wands :) The brass wands are gorgeous. I’ll have to try to make these sometime soon!

  11. I’ve been making bubble blowers for the past 8 years for my granddaughters. Every spring I make up a dozen or so, so they have plenty to share with their friends. If you want to make a double blower just add a second blower about an inch from the first. I make the blowers in all different shapes.

  12. Such a clearly written and beautifully photographed tutorial. Such a lovely project for children.
    Joy

  13. I love bubbles and your wands are beautiful! Such a fun idea:@)

  14. I love these! :-)

  15. LOVE this idea — can’t wait to make some of my own! Joining from Inspire Me Monday.

  16. What a great idea! My little girl would love these!

  17. These are really darling! They are so pretty with all of the beads and pretty wire, and would be a really pretty party favor!

  18. Rena,
    Thank you SO much for this lovely idea and such a clear tutorial. I think it would be a hit for summer craft fairs in the $5 or $10 bin and all the friends’ comments are so special too. See what all these heads can do… I am sure to add the recipe for the bubble maker. I’ll add a child’s picture blowing bubbles to draw customers and have one soap bowl to try out and also have some matching bracelets to go with them. Cool.

  19. Adorable! These would be a great favor for a fairy party!

  20. These are adorable!! Popping in from Sarah Dawn Designs pintastic party.

  21. Oh I just love this whimsical bubble wand. I adore things like this.

  22. These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  23. Jessica says:

    Wow! Those are so pretty! What a great idea to make as a party/wedding favor!

  24. What a lovely and unique idea! I love it :)

  25. I love this idea so much I share it with my jewelry making mother. My girls will be getting special bubble wands with their Easter surprises this year. Thanks for sharing.

  26. These are adorable. They would make an awesome party favor, easter basket stuffer, or kid gift.

  27. Awesome! The perfect addition to an Easter basket! Bubbles never go out of style and now you have made them more stylish! Great tutorial!

  28. WOW these are so cool!!!!

    xoxo
    A-

  29. I adore these and your wire wrapping is so elegant. Definitely inspiring, Rena!

  30. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

  31. I have never made jewelry before, but with your detailed tutorial I think I may be able to give it a try! I know our readers will love it, too!

  32. Genius! Thanks so much for this tut! I can’t wait to sell them at my next outdoor show. I plan to add a ribbon at the end. That way it keeps it from getting lost & I think they are too pretty not to wear.

  33. GORGEOUS! Everything that comes on this site is a step above. Just lovely. Pinned. Linda

  34. These are adorable!!! What little kid wouldn’t love to have one of these to blow bubbles with?! How fun!

  35. Wow they are so pretty! I have never seen bubble wands like those!

  36. Adorable! I am pinning these later! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  37. So Cute!

  38. Lovely wands! Very cute!

  39. Oh this is an adorable idea! I am going to have to make some this summer! Thanks for sharing with us at TTF!

  40. What a sweet idea. I can see them tied with ribbon to a bottle of bubbles. Thank you for sharing it at Share the Shelter!

  41. I love this idea! So cute. My problem is my grandchildren spill all of their bubbles before they can blow them. lol Everytime. Thank you for joining us at Transformed Tuesday this week.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

  42. Simply beautiful and unique. Thank you so much!

  43. What cute bubble wands!

  44. What a cute idea!

  45. These bubble blowers are stunning! So pretty!

  46. I’ll just add to the chorus of how awesome these look! I’ve shared on Reddit and Delicious!

  47. Oh these are gorgeous and would be awesome for so many occasions or just to make your girl feel like a princess while she is playing! Thanks for the inspiration!

  48. I think we all need more bubbles in our lives. These are beautiful and fun.

  49. I adore these grown-up bubble wands, Rena! Just came over from Carol’s features (that she mentioned right above me), to tell you how beautiful they are! I’ve pinned the tutorial and definitely will try this! Thanks!

  50. WOW! These are so beautiful and perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing at Michelle’s Tasty Creations. Have a great week!

  51. Wow! What an amazing idea! And what a wonderful gift these would make:)

  52. Hi Rena. I love—love—love these! I’ve made a lot—and will make more. I am having a little issue tho: I have tried several bubble recipes—and several different wands that I made-it seems the bubbles break when I try to blow them-not often getting a full bubble before it bursts—but if I wave the wands—the bubbles are fine. I have no sharp edges exposed at the wand end—any suggestions? Thanks! Blessings, Sharon

  53. These are absolutely gorgeous! I love this idea! Pinning! I can’t wait to make these for the summer.

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

  54. These are an adorable idea! I can’t wait to make them for when my nieces come to play!!

  55. Followed you from your post at Be Inspired by Elizabeth & Co. I LOVE these bubble wands…your work is whimsical, yet technically perfect. Thanks for sharing.
    Judy

  56. these are so pretty! What a great idea!!

  57. Wow, these are super cute! Where do you find glycerin?

  58. Thanks for all the lovely feedback on these bubble wands! :)

    Katie, you can find glycerin in most drugstore / pharmacy stores, such as Walgreens, CVS, etc. It’s a non-prescription product, often in the skin care or first aid area of the store. :)

  59. These are beautiful! Who knew glycerin was the secret to bubble soap.
    Kathy

  60. These are AWEsome!! I can totally see these for wedding favors!! Love them, great tutorial ~ thanks for sharing!

  61. Super cute!!! We totally have to make some of these!

  62. What a beautiful fun idea. Love it. You are my feature this week!

  63. I absolute adore that heart shaped one.

  64. What a clever original idea! Perfect for summer afternoons!

  65. I am rarely moved to want to invite a horde of giggling girls to my house, but I am SURE that my Pixie and all her friends would love these so much that I might actually host a bubble blowing party!
    I also really appreciate the tutorial. I’ve always wanted to try this sort of thing, but it has always seemed overwhelming. Not so much now!
    Thanks!
    ~ Christine

  66. Oh my gosh! I feel so fancy just looking at them! That is just too fun. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  67. These are stunning. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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