How to Make Glue Bubbles With a Straw

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Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup student gel glue
  • 1/2 cup starch
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic drinking straw
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors

Bubbles dazzle children and adults alike and are great fun for performances and simple science projects. You can inexpensively make longer lasting bubbles that will float to surprising heights, and remain intact whether blow by fans or pushed by hand, similar to the kinds used for magicians’ tricks.

Measure and pour a half cup of starch into a mixing bowl.

Measure a half cup of student glue gel and pour it into a mixing bowl.

Mix the combination for a minute at which point it should have thickened.

Knead the contents for four minutes.

Take a straw and measure a four inch length, marking the section with a permanent marker.

Cut the straw at the marked point.

Dip the tip of the four-inch straw into the mixture so that a 1/5 in tear-shaped globule covers the end.

Blow on the other end of the straw. A sturdy glue bubble will form which can be pushed about, bounced in the air, or used for magic tricks.


  • Do not use toxic products to create glue bubbles. Many forms of glue cause damage to brain cells when inhaled and should never be used for this activity. Stick to child-safe products that are made of non-toxic materials.


  • 100 Amazing Magic Tricks; Arthur Good
  • The Unbelievable Bubble Book; Klutz Press

About the Author

Marcel Dedalus has been a freelance writer of articles, essays and modernist fictions for more than four years. He studied Japanese and European history at the University of Iowa while participating in various writing workshops. Dedalus holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and has worked in bookshops on the East and West Coast.

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