DIY: Painting with Bubbles

I first saw this a few years ago at an art camp and have wanted to try it with the kids, after several failed attempts to substitute the ingredients for things I already had a trip to Hobby Lobby was in order. 

What you'll need:
Tempra paint
dish soap (I used original Dawn)
drinking straws
watercolor paper
(round containers work better than square and a 16 oz size worked the best)

*newspaper is optional but be warned it will get messy

Lay the paper gently over the bubbles and lift off, let them pop. Keep adding as many as you want, if the bubbles don't seem to have enough paint in them you'll need to add more paint to the mixture.

Also we found that medium sized bubbles work the best, the larger the bubble hold less paint the smaller the bubble more paint.

The kids said hands down it was one of the most fun art projects they have done ever!

Besides using this as artwork we plan on using this technique to make cards and maybe even some wrapping paper.


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  1. This is a great idea! All kids go crazy for bubbles, and colored bubbles are twice the fun. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a cool idea. My son loves bubbles and would have a blast doing this. I was thinking it would be a neat way to make handmade cards for the birthday parties he gets invited to!

  3. Love this idea - we have seen it around, but yet to get to it! Another addition to the Summer Bucket List :-)

  4. Your photos are stunning!! I am so glad that you shared your link on my KBN post. The images are inspiring. So well executed and unique. I'm pinning it so that I can come back and visit often.

  5. Ooooh, pretty!! Why weren't these fun activities around when I was a kid?!

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  6. Hello from CountryMommaCooks....pinin' ya via the handy andy party....It's good to meet another southern US blogger in fact we are practically neighbors....just up the coast line into MS.....have a wonderful weekend....your newest follower Deana @

  7. Cute result and very funny for children!!! I pinned it!
    ( from Tutu and Teaparty Linky ;) )

  8. This is awesome; I think I've clicked on it several times just to see your awesome photos! Great photography! Thanks for sharing on Saturday Show & Tell at Cheerios and Lattes this weekend!
    If you're interested, we would love to invite you to also link this up to the Summer Activities for Toddlers Collection! Here's a quick link: This would be a fun activity to do with young ones too!
    Have a great week and hope to see you again next weekend! :)

  9. Very cool - I might try this but I will have to really encourage my littles to not suck on the straws!!!

  10. You've been featured on Saturday Show and Tell on Cheerios and Lattes. Have a great weekend!

  11. Thank you for sharing! Love the bubble paint idea :)

  12. how fun and beautiful pics, marking to do :)

  13. Cool! This is the first time I've read anything about painting using bubbles. This gives me new idea on what to use for my upcoming painting party.

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