Science, Tech, Math › Science How To Make Giant Unpoppable Bubbles Giant bubbles so strong you can pick them up! Share Flipboard Email Print Robert Daly / Getty Images Science Chemistry Projects & Experiments Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated September 22, 2019 Ordinary soap bubbles are beautiful but fragile. You can make stronger bubbles by using a homemade bubble recipe. These bubbles are thicker and sturdier than regular soap bubbles. They're so sturdy in fact, you can pick them up and examine them. Of course, they're not indestructible like plastic bubbles. Here's how to make giant bubbles that won't easily burst: Unpoppable Giant Bubble Recipe 1 cup regular dishwashing liquid1/2 cup light corn syrup Mix the ingredients together to make the solution. For more solution, simply double the recipe. Another option is to mix corn syrup into your regular bubble solution. This thickens the liquid so it sticks better to a bubble wand and forms thicker bubbles that are better for blowing into large shapes. It's easier to pick up smaller bubbles than larger ones, so choose regular-sized bubbles to pick up and handle. Another trick for picking a bubble up without popping it is to dampen your finger or the back of a plastic spoon in the bubble solution so you won't be as likely to burst the bubble when you catch it. How It Works Ordinary soap bubbles trap a thin layer of water between soap molecules. Glycerin is often added to bubble solution to slow down the rate of water evaporation so the bubbles will last longer. Corn syrup also helps prevent bubbles from popping as they dry out. When you combine detergent and corn syrup, you get a strong bubble that's a cross between a regular soap bubble and a sugar polymer bubble.