Bubble Painting Recipe

Bubble Painting Art Ideas

Would you like to introduce your child to bubble painting? Yes? Awesome — I’ve got just the recipe for you.

The bubble recipe I used in yesterday’s post didn’t live up to my expectations, so I went back to the drawing board (paint and soap laboratory?) and came up with something that creates big, rewarding bubbles that are easy to pull prints off of. While this worked for me, feel free to experiment with your own ratios and solutions. And if you come up with something good, please share it here. Thanks to Amy for suggesting Dawn soap and glycerin in yesterday’s comments. I love getting feedback 🙂

Bubble Painting with Kids

Bubble Painting

Bubble Painting Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons tempera paint (liquid, not powdered)
  • 2 tablespoons dish soap. Palmolive, Dawn, and Joy all work well, but you could also try all-natural dish soap, although my results with these soaps have been less than stellar.
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Straw/s
  • Paper. I cut mine into pieces that matched the size of the bowl’s opening.

bubble painting recipe

Directions for Bubble Painting

  • Pour ingredients into a small bowl. (If you decide you want more bubbles, stick to the same 2:2:1 ratio and size up).
  • Insert straw into bowl and blow.
  • Place paper on top of bubbles and you have a print!! Voila!

Bubble Painting

Other Bubble Painting Ideas

Make Straw Bundles. Tape or rubber band three or more straws together to create a massive bubble blower. Dip the bubble blower in a 2:2:1 ratio or liquid watercolors, soap, and water. Blow! This works a lot like a bubble blower. Very fun!

Use Bubble Toys. Dip a bubble-making toy directly into the liquid watercolor mixture (See Straw Bundles, above) and blow it onto the page.

Make Cards. Once dry, cut up your beautiful bubble creations to make gift tags, greeting cards, or bookmarks.

Make Multiple Colors. Overlap colors to create depth and layering in your work.

Homemade Art Recipes

If you like homemade art recipes like this one, don’t miss our famous homemade playdough, easy contact solution glitter slime, 4-ingredient fluffy slime, and how to make your own egg tempera paint.


  1. (Whoops! I meant to leave this comment on this post instead of the other…)

    This is so interesting. I had the idea last month that I haven’t done yet, to blow the colored bubbles (using food coloring) onto paper using a regular bubble wand. Maybe I’ll try that sometime and post about it

  2. I’m planning to try that as well, once our weather gets a little better. Let me know if you do it, and I’ll learn from you 🙂

  3. For larger paper, you can use a cookie sheet or baking tray!
    I think I’ll do this with my kindergarten students soon!

  4. I’ve done this using some store bought bubbles someone gave us and a few drops of liquid watercolors, turned out exactly the same, no measuring needed.

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