How to Make a Giant Bubble Wand

A DIY ‘Tri-String’ Giant Bubble Wand

Making a giant bubble wand is the easiest thing in the world, and all you really need are a few sticks and some string!

These kid-made tri-string wands make the biggest bubbles I’ve ever seen – the kids won’t be able to resist playing with these all day long…

Read on to find out how they can make their very own giant bubble wands, with our totally home-made and plastic-free tutorial!

child making giant bubbles with tri-string giant bubble wand
Making giant bubbles is child’s play with our diy giant bubble wands!

Not got much time or just want the bullet points on how to make these?  Download a single-sided instruction sheet from my printables page.

We first discovered tri-string bubble wands when my brother bought the kids a posh set for Christmas. We had such fun with these that I thought they’d be great to take on our upcoming camping trip.

But sharing two wands between the dozen kids on the trip? That sounded like the recipe for a ‘Battle Royale’-type showdown. Everyone would want a go!

Child making bubbles with home-made giant bubble wand
Making giant bubbles is serious work…

Luckily, tri-string wands are so simple that it’s a cinch to whip up your own – and home-made work every bit as well as our ‘posh’ shop-bought ones.

It’s so easy that it makes the perfect summer holiday kid-craft. And this is how you do it!

Tri-String Giant Bubble Wand Instructions

A tri-string giant bubble wand is just a triangle of string or cord dangled between two stick-handles.

You dip the string into your bubble mixture, and lift out with the sticks held together. Spread them out and either the wind or just a gentle wave of the sticks will create absolutely HUGE bubbles!

I mean really, really, big. Ginormous.

Can you feel the kids getting excited already? I bet they won’t be the only ones!

child making bubbles with diy giant bubble wand
Make a bubble bigger than me? Yes please!

Kids of any age can make these bubbles, just use slightly shorter sticks and string for very little ones.

We found these much easier to use than the two-straw home-made bubble wands you may have seen around. Unlike those ones, only the string of ours gets dipped into the mix.

These wands would also make great presents, or a fabulous summer party activity.

Materials for making a giant bubble wand out of stick and string
All you need to make a giant bubble wand.

Tri-String Giant Bubble Wand Materials

To make a tri-string giant bubble wand, you will need to gather the following supplies (any links in this list are Amazon affiliate links for your convenience):

• Sticks!

Anything from 45 – 60 centimetres long is great, or you could say roughly the length of an arm. This is an easy way to measure if you’re out and about gathering them from the woods or park, and means that kids get custom size that’s easy for them to handle.

If you want to be fancy or are in a tree-free zone, you could use dowel rods instead. These also look pretty slick and professional if you’re making the bubble wand as a gift, though personally I prefer the natural look of a nice, weathered, stick.

Whatever you use, you’ll need two of them for each giant bubble wand, and they should be roughly the same length. They also need to be fairly thick as you’ll be putting screws into them – mine were roughly a centimetre/half an inch thick.

• Rope!

I used braided cotton cord that was 5mm in diameter. You could use any wool/yarn, string or cord, but if it’s thicker, it will be less likely to get irrevocably tangled. Because I can tell you that untangling wet, soapy wool is not so much fun as you might think.

String for a giant bubble wand or tri-string wand
One long length, and one shorter length of cord that’s about half the length.

As you can make this any size, the length of rope/cord required is up to you. Just remember you’ll need one long piece, and a shorter piece roughly half the length. Ours were 150cm and 75cm long.

Eyelet screws

You’ll need two eyelet screws for each giant bubble wand (one for each stick)


A large metal washer to act as a weight (one for each giant bubble wand).

Materials needed to make a giant bubble wand out of stick and string
Gather these simple supplies for giant bubble greatness!

• Paint

An optional extra for if you want to decorate your tri-string giant bubble wand. We used bog-standard kiddie poster paint and these cute little aluminium paint palettes.

Rainbow shades of paint for decorating a DIY giant bubble wand
You don’t need paint, but it never hurts to add a bit of rainbow colour!


1. If you are using sticks rather than dowelling, then start by cutting off any jagged or pointy bits from your sticks. I used a small saw to do this. Remove any flaky bark while you’re at it, as you don’t want that falling off later in your bubble mixture. I know, I know… I should have removed the moss. But it looks so cool, I couldn’t bring myself to peel it off!

2. Insert an eyelet screw near the top of each stick. These are normally self tapping (meaning they will create their own hole when you twist them against the wood) so you shouldn’t need to drill first.

diy giant bubble wand - sticks with eyelet screws inserted
Make sure the sticks you use are thick and strong enough to hold the eyelet screws securely.

3. Tie your long piece of cord to one eyelet. Leave a tail on the knot of a few centimetres/an inch, so that you can make another knot with that shortly.

Making a tri-string giant bubble wand
Leave that little tail of cord long enough to make a second knot

4. Thread your washer onto the long cord, and then tie the other end to the eyelet in the remaining stick. This will connect both sticks together.

threading a washer onto string to make a tri-string giant bubble wand
The washer acts as a weight on the long cord, pulling it down to make the classic ‘tri-string’ shape.

5. Take your short piece of cord and tie it onto the longer cord (NOT the eyelet this time). This knot should sit just beneath where that long cord is knotted onto an eyelet.

Do the same with the other end of the short cord, again tying it just below where the long cord is tied onto the other eyelet screwed into the second stick. Leave a tail on these knots too.

Home made tri-string giant bubble wand
Once you’ve tied your short string to your long one, knotting the ends together will stop it sliding down.

6. You will now have two ‘tails’ of cord at each eyelet. On each stick, tie the two tails together to make another knot right next to the first one. This ‘tail knot’ will keep your your short cord in place, and stop it sliding down the long cord later on.

When you hold the two sticks, the long cord with the washer-weight should hang down, while the shorter piece therefore stretches across the middle. Both strings together forming a triangle shape.

Homemade DIY tri-stick giant bubble wand
All ready for giant bubble making!

And that’s it! You’ve made a tri-string giant bubble wand. Unless you want to decorate your sticks like we did, with a bit of paint, then you are ready to start making some giant bubbles…. And for that you will need bubble mixture.

Head on over to our Giant Bubble Mix Recipe page, where we’ve got two recipes for home-made bubble solution. One that’s ridiculously simple, with only two ingredients that I guarantee you already have.

The other one is the best bubble mix I’ve ever made – it beats store-bought mixture hands down and makes awesomely huge and strong bubbles.

home-made painted DIY tri-string giant bubble wand
These bubble wands look great painted, but you might want to wait until the kids have had a go first!

Giant Bubble Wand Variation – The Garland Wand

If you fancy trying something different, you can make a few simple changes to your tri-string wand, creating a garland bubble wand instead.

Rather than one big bubble, this garland bubble wand will make a whole load of bubbles all in one go.

A garland wand is basically the same as the tri-wand but instead of just one big loop making one big bubble, you’ll have a whole row of smaller loops that’ll produce lots of bubbles at once. The more loops, the more bubbles…

Children making giant bubbles with home-made wands
One giant bubble not enough for you? Make a garland wand and you can have a whole cloud of them at once!

Garland Bubble Wand Materials

To make a Garland bubble wand, you will need pretty much the same stuff as for a tri-string wand (again, any links in this list are Amazon affiliate links for your convenience):

• Sticks

Two sticks or dowel rods, around 45 – 60 centimetres long / a centimetre in diameter, as before.

• Rope

The same braided cotton cord, string or wool. Use about three metres in total (one metre short piece and a two metre long piece). With this length you’ll get either four medium size loops or eight little ones. Any longer, and the garland becomes hard for the kids to handle by themselves.

Eyelet screws

As before, you’ll need two eyelet screws – one for each stick.

• Thin string

Kitchen string, baker’s twine or ordinary, strong sewing thread… anything like that is fine.

sticks and string for making a garland giant bubble wand
All you need for an amazing garland bubble wand – sticks and string!

Garland Bubble Wand Instrustions

1. To make a garland wand, add eyelets to two sticks, as per the instructions for the tri-string giant bubble wand.

2. Attach your long and short cords to the eyelets in exactly the same way, but this time WITHOUT the washer – you won’t need it for a garland wand because the loops are much smaller.

3. Spread out your wand so that you have the whole inverted triangle of cord laid out before you. Find the centre of the long piece (the bottom of the triangle) and bring it up to the short cord, so that you now have two small loops instead of one big one.

DIY garland giant bubble wand
Bringing the point of the triangle to the top line creates two smaller loops.

4. Use a piece of your thinner string or thread to tie the centre point in place.

DIY garland bubble wand
Any type of string will do to make a tight knot on your cord – trim down the ends afterwards though.

5. Repeat this process with the two new loops, turning them into a total of four loops. You can stop there, or repeat again to make eight small loops, which is about the maximum you’ll fit on this length of cord.

Home-made garland bubble wand
This garland wand will make four football sized bubbles at the same time!

For this wand, the loops don’t need to be the same size, so you can experiment with a combination of big and small loops if you like.

And that’s it! Your garland wand is ready to go… bubbles here we come!

Co-operative Games

This bubble wand is a really fun one to do as a co-operative task – two kids working together can dip a really long garland and spread it out between them to create loads and loads of bubbles. It’s not as easy as it sounds so takes a little practice to get right!

I have found, however, that eventually the kids gravitate back to the tri-string wand. Everyone LOVES making the looooooonng tubular bubbles that you can produce with the tri-string, and it’s also a little easier to handle than the garland wand.

So we usually now make one of these garland wands as an extra to play around with, but make sure that kids all have a tri-string wand each!

Child making giant bubbles with a diy giant bubble wand
Our all-time favourite – the tri-string wand!

I love activities for the kids that use natural, found things, and so we’ve done a fair amount of stick painting and forest school-style crafting before.

But these bubble wands have to be the best make yet – SO easy and quick to do, and yet leading to hours of fabulous, bubbly, outdoors fun. Kid nirvana!

More from Rhubarb and Wren

Looking for more bubbly fun things to do with your kids? Get our unbeatable recipe for giant bubble mix, and take a look at this baby bubble play activity for really little ones.

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Sticks + String (plus a little bubble mix) = GIANT bubble fun!
Giant bubbles made with diy tri-string giant bubble wand
GIANT bubbles made with our home-made bubble wand!


  1. Oh my this is going straight on my to make list! My kids love making bubbles but we’ve only got the small type – how awesome as those bubbles. I think I’ll make one for me too! Great idea – I’m off to read about the bubble mix now!

  2. God I used to be OBSESSED with these giant bubbles as a kid. Good to see they are just as popular as ever!

  3. Thanks for sharing this! Forget the kids I’m going to make these for our Mad Hatters Party later this month!

  4. This is such a brilliant idea. My girls adore bubbles so I’ll definitely be trying this out in the summer xxx

  5. Oh my goodness! Those bubbles are huge! My kids would have LOVED these when they were little. Your instructions are so easy to read and understand – I am sure many kids are going to have a whale of a time making them!

  6. Love your article on how to make a giant bubble, my little cousin would love it. Upcoming weekend we have to try it. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Oh my goodness, my kids would LOVE to make one of these! I have to show them this tutorial when they get home from school today!

  8. Thanks for the tutorial! Why do you need the eyelets? Can you not just tie the rope directly onto the sticks?

    • Hi Angela!

      That’s a great question – and the answer is, yes you can! The reason I use eyelets, though, is because just tying the rope on to the end of the stick isn’t as secure – the wands get waved around a lot to create the bubbles and there is a chance that the rope could slide off the end (or down towards your hands) if tied directly on. Especially given how forcefully my kids wave them around… 😉

      But these should still work with the string tied straight on to the sticks, and would be even easier for the kids to make these themselves that way, so absolutely you could do it that way if you don’t have/don’t want to use eyelets. Maybe try wrapping strong rubber bands around where you knot the rope on for added security? If you’re planning to keep these to use again, I do highly recommend the eyelets as I think they’re worth the extra trouble in that instance, and are really easy to screw in.

      Have fun – and do let me know how you get on!

  9. I can’t wait to try this! Thank you for such brilliant instructions and beautiful photographs. My question is – what do you find it best to hold the bubble mixture in for dipping? A bucket, or something wide and shallow? Thank you!

    • Thank you, Harriet! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      I tend to use tub trugs for dipping, though a bucket would be fine as long as it’s deep enough to get the whole string in. If I have a lot of kids doing this at the same time, a wide, shallow container (I use this) gives them space to all get round it, but it doesn’t really make a difference to the ease of dipping. If you are doing this in the garden, you could just use a washing up bowl or similar container.

      I use a sealable paint bucket to store and transport the mixture when I make a big batch, too. I have these ones, but the are available singly – try your local DIY store, where they are bound to have them.

      Hope that helps – good luck with the bubbles, and have fun!

  10. Thank you for such an amazing tutorial! I love that the wands are plastic free. I can’t wait to make both of these wands and your giant bubble solution for a play date with my grandson! You are seriously the best!

  11. Love this and will make a few to take camping with us. What do you put the bubble mixture in? Will a saucepan work?

    • Hi Jenna, I’ve taken this camping myself, and I’ve found that a big container with a really secure lid is best if taking on a car journey 😉 But I’m guessing you mean for using to dip into for bubble making on site? Absolutely any container is fine as long as it’s deep enough to dip the whole string into it in one go.

      I use a paint bucket with a sealable lid for transportation, and the same bucket works then for dipping into when making bubbles. – they’re available at any DIY store, usually very cheaply. If you need to order online, it’s often cheaper to get a few than one on its own. Personally, I would use something like this over a saucepan, just because you might want use the bubble mix over several days. With the bucket you can just stick the lid on in between.

  12. These look great. Wondering whether instead of going out and buying big metal washers I might be able to use old wooden curtain rings (of which I have a heap) as a weight? Or would that be too heavy/too big? Already thinking of repurposing the eyelet screws from the curtain rings instead of buying new…

    • Hi Heather, The curtain rings would probably work – or any odd bit that you could thread on. Really it’s just something to pull the cord down into the V shape, and so you could probably get away with not having anything as a weight if the cord is thick/heavy enough.
      Let me know if you try it – would be great to know if it does work with that!

  13. This is a great idea for a bubble wand! I love rhubarb and wren together, so this will be fun to make!

  14. Would colored cotton rope work or will the colors bleed in the soapy bubble mixture?

    • Hey Maggie,

      I would think it would work – you could always give the rope a soak in warm, soapy liquid first, to see I how colourfast it is. And a little bit of dye in the mix probably wouldn’t make much difference – by the end of my sessions, my mix tends to be polluted with mud, leaves, and all sorts of gunk! I don’t usually keep it when it’s like that, but it doesn’t seem to affect the bubbles.

      Good luck with it!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing and for clear instructions, it works a treat! My daughter is over the moon:)

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