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Fun with bubbles isn't just for long, lazy summer days. Frosty cold winter weather with temperatures dipping below 20 degrees F and 3 simple ingredients are what we used to make beautiful frozen bubbles. Our thermometer dipped to -12 degrees F when I took all of these photos.

Important Camera Note: Going from a warm building to the cold outdoors is hard on a camera (I used a point & click camera for photos in this instructable). To make it easier on your camera and for better photos, wait a few minutes before taking those first shots to give the camera time to acclimate to the drastic change in temperature. You can gather the other things you'll need to start the bubble happiness while you wait.

Step 1: Supplies Checklist

Only 3 ingredients are needed to make the frozen bubble solution. Summer-fun 'regular' bubble solution didn't work for me - these bubbles broke immediately or as soon as they landed on a surface.

Stir together thoroughly:

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup dish soap

Pour about half of this mixed solution into a small pan. Since I didn't have a regular bubble wand, I improvised by making one out of a wire egg-holder used to dye Easter eggs and it worked well.

Helpful Hint: In addition to giving the camera time to acclimate to the temperature drop, I had better results if I also set the bubble solution outside for a few minutes before starting to make bubbles. Not to worry - it won't freeze.


<p>this is sssssssssoooooooo cool</p>
<p>GREAT instructions, and your camera work is amazing, pi526! I've been a Bubbler for many years, and have wondered about cold bubbles, but have just not got around to trying it. You've inspired me!</p><p>The Weather Channel says we're supposed to have sub-zero nights for at least another night or two this week. I need another project like I need another hole in my head, but I'm going to get myself together enough to give this recipe a go in the nose-hair-freezing cold. Do you think if I stand up high - like on our retaining wall - and the bubble has to travel further through the cold air, it might sit atop a surface as a complete sphere? A &quot;handle-able&quot; sphere? Anyone have suggestions for me to try? Predictions?</p>
<p>The complete sphere idea is intriguing, Barb37. My guess is, though, that the portion of the bubble that lands on a surface will flatten, but please post photos if you give it a try. I'm also hoping for super-cold temps because I want to add food color to the solution and also try making giant bubbles. I'll post additional photos if I can get these 2 new ideas to work. I have a giant bubble maker someone made for me years ago, so I'll need to make much more solution that I did before. Happy bubbling!</p>
<p>This is so cool</p>
<p>It really is a fun and easy thing to do on a cold winter day, KimberlyH47. </p>
<p>They are gorgeous! I'm currently bracing for Winter Storm Kayla and hoping to try this with my kids once the storm passes!</p>
<p>Best of luck with the winter storm, but I hope you and your kids do get the chance to have fun with this. </p>
That's so cool :)
<p>No, no. It's frosty!</p>
<p>Thanks, John. This was really fun.</p>
<p>I would imagine that a frozen bubble would fall &quot;like a stone&quot; since it looks like an ice ball. But that's probably not true. Winter has been here only for a week or so. So no chance to try that myself (and I don't have access to an industrial fridge).</p>
<p>These bubbles float &amp; fall gently even though they're heavier than 'regular' bubbles, ThomasK19. After they freeze, you can touch them gently; most of the time they don't break. Next time I make them, I'm going to bring one of them into the warm house to see what happens; I expect it'll shrink &amp; crumple quickly and that'd be fun to see. Science experiment just waiting to happen!</p>
<p>They are probably not heavier than regular bubbles (the material did not change). So it's just the imagination which seems to make them heavier. Also I would not expect them to shrink when brought into the warm house, rather then expanding due to the warmth and then pop. I'm very curious of the outcome (we now have sunshine and more than 10 Celsius).</p>
<p>The 1/2 cup of corn syrup actually made the solution thicker than just water and liquid soap. Unfortunately, we're in the mid-40s F here today, otherwise I'd be trying this again since we've raised so many interesting thoughts. After I make them and share a video. Thanks again for your interest, ThomasK19. </p>
<p>Thank you for sharing this. Maybe winter will come back in March (like so often the last years) and I can try that too :-)</p>
<p>Wow. Do you have any video of the bubbles freezing over. </p>
<p>Sorry, no videos of this first attempt, but the video is a great suggestion for the next time I make them. I'll be sure to share it. </p>

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