How to Make Bubble Prints on Paper With Food Coloring

Things You'll Need

  • Old newspaper or a plastic drop cloth (if you are working inside)
  • Pie tins (disposable is fine), one for each color you want to make
  • Straws (one for each child for each color of bubbles)
  • Straight pin
  • Bubble solution (store-bought or homemade)
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Spoon
  • Light-colored copy paper or construction paper

Kids love blowing bubbles, and kids love making art projects. Imagine how much fun they can have with an activity that combines these two loves! Making bubble prints on paper is a fun, easy, and inexpensive project you can do with your kids. All you need is a little time and a few supplies you probably already have sitting around your house. The resulting paper can be enjoyed as a beautiful art project or used to make cards or wrapping paper.

Making Easy Bubble Prints

Spread newspaper or a plastic drop cloth in your work area to catch any spills.

Use the straight pin to poke a small hole about halfway up each straw. This hole will prevent the bubble solution from traveling up the straw and into a child's mouth.

Place one cup of bubble solution into each pie tin.

Add five drops of food coloring to the bubble solution in each pan and stir it gently with the spoon. (You can add more food coloring if you want a more intense color.)

Insert the straw into the bubble solution and blow gently. A mound of bubbles will begin to grow in the pie tin.

When the mound of bubbles has grown higher than the edge of the pie tin, gently place a piece of paper on the bubbles and press down slightly.

Lift the piece of paper straight off the mound of bubbles. See all the beautiful bubble prints?

Repeat with additional colors if you wish.


  • You can make your own bubble solution by mixing one cup of water, two tablespoons of glycerin, and four tablespoons of dish-washing liquid.

    If possible, assign each child a different straw color. That way, they will always know which straw is theirs.


About the Author

Stacey Schifferdecker has worked as a professional writer since 1989. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Oklahoma State University. Schifferdecker has written and edited user guides, newsletters, brochures, curriculum, proposals, web copy, and ebooks.