How to Make Bubble Prints on Paper With Food Coloring

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.

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 travelling up the straw and into a child's mouth.

Place one cup of bubble solution into each pie tin.

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

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 colours if you wish.


You can make your own bubble solution by mixing one cup of water, two tablespoons of glycerine, and four tablespoons of dish-washing liquid. If possible, assign each child a different straw colour. That way, they will always know which straw is theirs.

Things You'll Need

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