How to Convert a Pipe Into a Bubble Pipe

By Casandra Maier
Bubble pipes made from real tobacco pipes may not be appropriate for children.

Bubble pipes are plastic toys used for blowing soap bubbles. However, for a more unique and attractive toy or costume piece, you can convert a regular tobacco pipe into a bubble pipe. In fact, in the 17th, 18th and 19th century, clay tobacco pipes were commonly used by children for blowing bubbles. In the 1950s, clay pipes dwindled in popularity and were replaced with plastic bubble pipes and bubble wands. While clay pipes are relatively difficult to find today, you easily convert a corncob pipe into a bubble blowing device.

Go to your local tobacco shop and purchase a clay or corncob pipe. Clay pipes will be difficult to find and also expensive; however, corncob pipes are relatively cheap.

Go to your local toy store and purchase bubble solution. If you prefer, you can also make your own bubble solution at home using soap and water. Combine 15 parts water with one part dish detergent to make your own solution.

Carefully fill the bowl of the pipe with the bubble solution. Do not overfill the pipe or allow the bowl to overflow.

Place your mouth on the mouthpiece of the pipe and gently blow. Watch as bubbles rise from the bowl of the pipe. Never suck in through the mouthpiece, as you will end up with a mouth full of soapy bubble solution. Add more bubble solution to the pipe as needed.

Clean out the pipe when you are finished blowing bubbles. Thoroughly rinse the pipe, flushing it out with warm water. Set the pipe aside and allow it to fully dry between uses.

Tip

Always use a clean, new pipe for blowing bubbles. Never use a pipe that was previously used for smoking tobacco.

Warning

Bubble pipes made from real pipes may send the wrong message to children about smoking tobacco. For this reason, reserve converted bubble pipes for practical jokes and adult themed costumes.