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EPISODE 12 - Square Bubbles

Learn how to make Square Bubbles.


  • 6 pipe cleaners
  • 6 straws
  • Scissors
  • Bubble wand
  • A bowl of water
  • ½ cup of dishwashing liquid
  • And 2 tablespoons of sugar


  1. First, use the scissors to cut each of the six pipe cleaners and straws in half. You’ll have twelve pieces of each.
  2. Next, twist three of the fuzzy sticks together at an end to make triangular, pyramid-shaped parts. You’ll end up with four, three-legged pieces.
  3. Now, slide a piece of straw onto each fuzzy wire leg. Some of the fuzzy wire should stick out of the straw on each leg.
  4. Build the cube by twisting the fuzzy wire ends on one component to the ends on another component. Connect the legs until the cube is complete. Make it as even a shape as you can.
  5. Now it’s time to make the bubble mix by adding the dishwashing liquid and sugar to the bowl of water - your bubble mix is now good to go. 
  6. When you and your bubble solution are ready, dip the cube shape into the solution. Let it sit in the solution a few seconds and lift it out by holding on to two corners. Giving the cube a gentle shake helps the soap film even out itself and causes excess solution to drip back into the bucket. Set the “square” bubble on a flat surface to keep the bubble film stable.
  7. Next use a bubble wand to drop a bubble into the centre
  8. And there you have it a square bubble!