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Making Geometric Bubble Wands


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July 27, 2019

Making Geometric Bubble Wands bubble wands against a dark blue towelThis is a fun all-ages craft for the summertime! Using just pipe cleaners and equal-sized bits of drinking straws you can create standard and advanced geometric shapes. Dip into your favourite bubble solution and have a great time! This is a fantastic craft for learning about shapes and dimensions.

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Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 wands

Supplies:

  • scissors
  • drinking straws
  • long pipe cleaners
Making Geometric Bubble Wands - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. To make a standard triangle bubble wand, you will need one pipe cleaner and 3 pieces of straw.
  2. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - for a triangle use one pipe cleaner and three short lengths of a straw
     
  3. Place the 3 pieces of straw on one end of the pipe cleaner and leave some overhang so you can twist it into place in the next step.
  4. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - slide the straw pieces onto the pipe cleaner leaving ends free
     
  5. Form a triangle with the straws, then twist the overhanging end of the pipe cleaner onto itself right under the triangle.
  6. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - shape the straw pieces into a triangle and twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together
     
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  7. To make a 3D triangle bubble wand, you will need 2 pipe cleaners and 6 pieces of straw.
  8. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - for the 3D version you need two pipe cleaners and 6 pieces of straw
     
  9. Make the same base as the last triangle wand with the little overhang.
  10. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - make the same configuration as for the single triangle wand
     
  11. Twist a second pipe cleaner onto the first one to make it longer.
  12. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - twist a second pipe cleaner onto the first one to make it longer
     
  13. Slide two pieces of straw onto the pipe cleaner.
  14. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - slide two pieces of straw onto the pipe cleaner extension
     
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  15. Thread the end of the pipe cleaner into the top of the triangle.
  16. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - thread the end of the pipe cleaner into the top of the triangle
     
  17. Pull taut and you will have 2 triangles side by side.
  18. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - pull taut and you have two triangles side by side
     
  19. Add on another straw.
  20. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - add on another straw
     
  21. Now fold up the second triangle towards the first triangle.
  22. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - fold the second triangle up towards the first one
     
  23. Now slide the end of the pipe cleaner into the straw so it meets with the little overhang bit.
  24. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - push the end of the pipe cleaner through the straw so it meets with the overhanging bit
     
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  25. Pull taut. Twist the overhang onto the long pipe cleaner.
  26. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - pull taut and twist the overhang onto the long pipe cleaner
     
  27. To make a standard square bubble wand, you will need 1 pipe cleaner and 4 pieces of straw.
  28. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - to make a square you will need one pipe cleaner and four pieces of straw
     
  29. Place the 4 pieces of straw onto the pipe cleaner, leaving a bit of overhang.
  30. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - place all four pieces of straw onto the pipe cleaner leaving a bit of overhang
     
  31. Form into a square shape, then twist the overhang bit onto the long pipe cleaner.
  32. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - form a square and twist the overhanging bit onto the pipe cleaner
     
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  33. To make the 3D cube bubble wand, you will need 4 pipe cleaners and 12 pieces of straw.
  34. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - for a 3D cube you will need four pipe cleaners and 12 pieces of straw
     
  35. Make the standard square bubble wand base with the little overhang.
  36. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - make the standard square base with a bit of overhang
     
  37. Attach a second pipe cleaner onto the end of the first one.
  38. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - attach a second pipe cleaner onto the end of the first one
     
  39. Slide on 3 pieces of straw.
  40. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - slide on 3 pieces of straw
     
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  41. Push the end of the pipe cleaner into the top of the first square.
  42. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - push the end of the pipe cleaner into the top of the first square
     
  43. Pull taut. Now you have 2 squares side by side.
  44. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - pull taut for 2 squares side by side
     
  45. Slide 2 more straws onto the pipe cleaner.
  46. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - slide 2 more pieces of straw onto the pipe cleaner
     
  47. Twist on a 3rd pipe cleaner to make it longer.
  48. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - twist on a third pipe cleaner to make it longer
     
  49. Now bend the first square up towards the second one.
  50. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - bend the first square upwards towards the second
     
  51. Pull the end of the pipe cleaner through the top straw of the first square.
  52. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - pull the pipe cleaner through the top straw of the first square
     
  53. Pull taut. Now you have 3 squares.
  54. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - pull taut to form 3 squares
     
  55. Add 2 more straws.
  56. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - add 2 more straws
     
  57. Bring the pipe cleaner under the corner of the 3rd square. Loop it over then thread it through the straw.
  58. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - bring the pipe cleaner under the corner of the 3rd square and loop it over and thread through the straw
     
  59. Add another pipe cleaner if you need more length. Add another straw piece.
  60. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - add another pipe cleaner if you need more length and add another straw
     
  61. Push the pipe cleaner through the straw so it meets with the little overhang piece.
  62. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - push the pipe cleaner through the straw so that it meets the overhanging piece
     
  63. Make some strong bubble solution by using 4 parts water, 1 part dish soap, and 2 parts fine granulated sugar. Dip and play!
  64. Making Geometric Bubble Wands - ready to dip and play
     
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