Step by Step Instructions for making Gelatin Bubbles

List of Materials


Gelatin mixture: 2 parts cold water to 1 part unflavored gelatin (like Knox). Start by putting your cold water into a microwave safe bowl. Add a little luster dust, the amount will depend on how translucent you want your bubble,
I normally did about 1/8 tsp or less. Food color can also be used, but remember the gelatin is a little yellow so will change your color slightly. I used super pearl but have used many others.


Stir and then sprinkle your gelatin over the water so it will all get absorbed. Let sit for 5 minutes to ‘sponge’.


During this time, blow up your water balloon, I only blow mine up half way or less to get the size bubble I want. If there is a nipple on the end of your balloon you will need to pull the nipple to where the knot is. Twist the two together and tape with duct tape. See the series of photos below.


You should have a nice round balloon shape now. Coat your balloon thinly with shortening, and then wipe off the excess. If you have too much, the gelatin won’t stay on.
Note ** You can also add a toothpick to the knot of your balloon as a sort of handle to hold and use later to stick into Styrofoam for drying


Put your gelatin mixture into the microwave for about 10 seconds (depending on your microwave). You want the gelatin to heat up but not boil. Stir gently when it comes out, to make sure the gelatin is dissolved; remove any foam or un-dissolved gelatin. Be careful not to incorporate any air bubbles when you stir. Let
cool for a minute or two so it is only lukewarm.


Stir the mixture again gently as the luster dust will settle, and using tweezers or clamps grab the balloon by the duct taped knot and dip into the gelatin; rotating the balloon around to coat the entire surface except around the knot.


Hold upright (knot on the bottom, round balloon on top) and tap to remove excess gelatin. You can also use a flat brush to paint the balloon and remove excess gelatin. The balloon will need to sit a few minutes to set before dipping again.

The balloon will need 3 or 4 layers of gelatin to be thick enough once dry so repeat the previous two steps, two or three more times. If the gelatin mixture cools too much you can pop the bowl back into the microwave for 4 seconds to re-heat.
Note ** Gelatin shrinks as it dries so we need a fairly thick layer so the gelatin won’t collapse when the balloon is popped.


Place the balloon onto a holder with the knot side down to dry completely. I have a plastic plate with a slit in it. The gelatin won’t stick to the plastic when dry. If a toothpick was used as a holder, it can be placed into Styrofoam to dry.

The balloon can be placed in front of a fan to speed up drying time, or let the dry on its own. Without the fan it could take a full 24 hours to dry, possibly more, with the fan, only a few hours or overnight.


Once dry, place your thumb or finger into the opening by the knot and press the balloon to help it separate from the gelatin.


Then place scissors next to the knot and poke the balloon and it will deflate and release from the gelatin. If some balloon does stick, usually you can get a finger inside to rub the excess away.


At this point you can cut the opening of the bubble with scissors to smooth it out, but this is the underside and the bubble will sit on your cake on this part so it won’t show.



mkeith1978 Says... 8 May 2012 , 2:56am

loved it :)

Claire138 Says... 8 May 2012 , 8:43am

This is amazing, thank you.

merry Says... 8 May 2012 , 9:19am

Thank you very much for the step by step.

cakelady1958 Says... 8 May 2012 , 9:27am

Wow! Nice...I would have never figured this out on my own....thanks for sharing your time, talent and technique...

cmeventcoordinator Says... 8 May 2012 , 9:34am

Going to have to try this, thank you so much for the awesome tutorial.

Empress2002 Says... 8 May 2012 , 9:51am

This looks so awesome. I can't wait to try it. Thank you for the tutorial!

madeitwithlove Says... 8 May 2012 , 9:53am

Oh WOW!!! How clever are you!! thank you so much for this tutorial, I'm going to try this out for a fish shape cake I'm baking this month. Could you please say how many bubbles does one quantity of the mixture of gelatine and lustre make. Thank you again for sharing, you're awesome!

cakewitch85 Says... 8 May 2012 , 9:59am

thanks, for taking the time tp show us. what to you use to put them on the cake.

toniajw Says... 8 May 2012 , 10:01am

I think I've got an idea for a Mother's Day topper! Thanks so much. Gonna try it out tonight.

auntginn Says... 8 May 2012 , 10:02am

I have seen these and wanted to know how. Thank you for sharing. Will be doing some soon. :))

Kiwi777 Says... 8 May 2012 , 10:05am

Wonderful tutorial...thank you! How far in advance can you make these bubbles, and how do you recomment storing them? Do they need those packets of silica gel that you use for storing blown sugar bubbles?

therealmrsriley Says... 8 May 2012 , 10:09am

I always thought this was pretty but I never thought I'd be able to do this! This tutorial has proven me wrong! :) Thank you so much!

LUCY_MR72 Says... 8 May 2012 , 10:18am

estan hermosas!!!!! gracias por compartir la tecnica

gertieneke Says... 8 May 2012 , 10:21am

Thanks for this great tutorial , it looks so much fun to make these baubles

Kitchennanny Says... 8 May 2012 , 10:40am

Thanks for a great tutorial will be giving this one a go Thank You

nattyd Says... 8 May 2012 , 10:51am

Love it! Love it! Love it! I can see me doing this for an appreciation day cake I have to do in June. Yeesss.... Thanks very very much

Rosie2 Says... 8 May 2012 , 10:53am

Thank you soooo very much!!! and I also like to know how to store these bubbles and for how long can you save them.

BlueP Says... 8 May 2012 , 11:01am

this is so wonderful! Ii have a question though...how do you stick gelatin bubles to cake, with royal icing or?

Heidmaris Says... 8 May 2012 , 11:07am

Tank you for sharing, I got to try this, I love it!

tigachu Says... 8 May 2012 , 11:16am

Awesome tutorial and beautiful work!! Thank you so much!!

aprilmcdonald Says... 8 May 2012 , 11:20am

That is very cool looking but you need to be really careful with using balloons due to the latex that they are made out of. So if you have somebody that is allergic to latex this could be enough for them to have a serious reaction.

theresaf Says... 8 May 2012 , 11:22am

Thank you so much for sharing!

LoneF Says... 8 May 2012 , 11:28am

Thank you for sharing. I love it. :)

mwwmsg Says... 8 May 2012 , 11:34am

What do you use to stick them onto the cake?

JB55 Says... 8 May 2012 , 12:31pm

Fabulous! Fabulous! Fabulous!! Thank you so much for posting this. Can't wait to use it!!

Olgagonzo Says... 8 May 2012 , 12:39pm

Can't wait to try this out? Thank you!!

yummiemummie Says... 8 May 2012 , 12:49pm

Wow oh Wow this is amazing, thank you for showing and sharing your beautiful gelatin bubbles with us, definitely going to give it a try I love it xxx

carriefree Says... 8 May 2012 , 4:11pm

Geez. I have been trying to do this with blown sugar. I see everyone trying this out! Great tutorial. Thank you.

Suhadshi Says... 8 May 2012 , 4:23pm

OMG this is so amazing! Definitely will try it out. Awesome tutorial thank you so much for sharing!

cakelady247 Says... 8 May 2012 , 4:42pm

thank you for sharing

angiecares Says... 8 May 2012 , 5:24pm

thanks 4 sharing...........amazing invention

CakesbyMaddy Says... 8 May 2012 , 7:17pm

Wow awesome idea, I cant wait to try it.

iris1517 Says... 8 May 2012 , 8:03pm

I love it,thank you 4 sharing this recipe!!

capsaz Says... 8 May 2012 , 9:40pm

Are the gelatin bubbles edible? What do they taste like?

Nanthivy Says... 8 May 2012 , 9:52pm

Lovely. Great job. I must try this. but needs a lot of patience. :)

Nanthivy Says... 8 May 2012 , 9:55pm

Please tell me what the life span of these bubbles. Can this be made ahead of time and keep?

eneitsirk Says... 8 May 2012 , 10:13pm

wow...great art work..wanna try this too!

LLLBTS Says... 9 May 2012 , 5:22am

Great tutorial; thank you! Can't wait to try it...

katherine185 Says... 9 May 2012 , 6:56am

trying this for son gradution cake . How many can you make per box? Please tell me what the life span of these bubbles. Can this be made ahead of time and keep? Can I use basic butter cream to stick to cake or royal icing? Thanks for sharing! This is so GREAT!!! :) please email me at kburke2006@att.net

Dianaehart Says... 9 May 2012 , 7:18am

Wow thankyou I will have to try this.....

momshoes Says... 9 May 2012 , 7:48am

Thank you for sharing this! I have been trying to find someone who will teach me how to blow sugar to make bubbles and other things like it. I'm so happy to know I can use this technique and get the same effect. AWESOME!

sweetflowers Says... 9 May 2012 , 9:16pm

These bubbles last for years, literally. Just don't get water on them. I attach them to cakes with icing or piping gel. Thanks everyone.

tine65 Says... 10 May 2012 , 12:10am

Hi Sweetflowers. Thank you soo very much for the HowTo. You write that the balloon will need 3 or 4 layers of gelatin and you write that the balloon can dry overnigth. For how long shall the balloon dry between the layers? shall the balloon dry overnigth for every layer? (if you don’t have a fan). If that i right, it will take 3-4 days to make a balloon ;-& Best regards Tine, Denmark

The-Icingfairy Says... 10 May 2012 , 1:51am

Omg thats such a great idea.... Will have to try that tonight. Thanks a lot for the blog!

tonyap Says... 11 May 2012 , 2:38am

thank you for sharing, cant wait to try this out. :)

pumpkinpie1958 Says... 14 May 2012 , 11:24am

Thank you, I'm going to check it out.

Marielijah Says... 15 May 2012 , 12:34pm

Hi All... I tried this recipe for making the balloons. It took me three different tries to get it right but it finally worked. The first couple times the balloons were just too messy or they didn't dry evenly. I waited about 10-20 minutes between coats because I was in the middle of doing other stuff as well. Don't give up too soon. My third time worked so much better and they look great.

KittyKat1955 Says... 16 May 2012 , 4:28am

what is Prosecco? Thank U

amisnan Says... 16 May 2012 , 2:09pm

what a great tutoriol cant wait to try these thanks

sweetflowers Says... 16 May 2012 , 3:42pm

tine65, if you read carefully, you only need to wait a few minutes for the gelatin to set up between coats. After the last coast (3 is usually good), then wait overnight for it to dry completely. This tutorial was modified by CC for space issues I'm sure, the full tutorial is on my site found in my signature line.

thatgirl38 Says... 19 May 2012 , 9:14am

do they have to be water balloons,can you use regular balloons?

ljdaa Says... 23 May 2012 , 12:38pm

I bought the 4 packet (1 oz) box of Knox gelatin. It does not simply list the basic mixing recipe, what amount of water for just 1 packet of gelatin? (2 parts cold water to 1 part unflavored gelatin (like Knox)


xistinme Says... 26 May 2012 , 12:34am

Thank you for your time and knowledge. God bless you. Amen.

tesso Says... 29 May 2012 , 11:40pm

absolutely brilliant. thank you

ILoveMy6Boys Says... 30 May 2012 , 7:13am

What an amazing tutorial! Thank you sooo much for sharing this with us!

Tabuz12 Says... 30 May 2012 , 8:17pm

Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial :))

MagicLady316 Says... 6 Jun 2012 , 2:14am

This is going STRAIGHT into my favourites - I've gotta have a go at this.

Thanks for sharing x

Nayna1 Says... 9 Jun 2012 , 5:46pm

Love this. I will be trying this out. Thanks for sharing.

shimmering Says... 27 Jun 2012 , 6:45pm

wow these are so beautiful....and so much more easier than the sugar ones.....

auntginn Says... 29 Jul 2012 , 11:10am

Hello everyone. I finally had a reason (like a cake) to use this technique and started working on the balloons. I do had to try a few times to make it work for me. I allowed my gelating mixture to cool to the set up stage, It is thick enough at this point to really coat the balloons well. But when it got clumpy I popped it the microwave for a few seconds. Not more than 5. I allowed each coat to dry thoroughly. But now just love it, love it.

tasterschoice1 Says... 8 Aug 2012 , 7:30pm

I love this technique. It is very easy:) I also found another way to use the gelatin bubble. I used one to make the helmet for my Sandy Cheeks fondant figure. Turned out Great. Thanks bunches.

cakechic87 Says... 3 Sep 2012 , 6:28am

This is SO cool, gonna have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

zenomi Says... 16 Sep 2012 , 8:32am

thank you will definitely be trying this will post cake...thanks

strawberry-shortcake Says... 28 Oct 2012 , 2:39am

yay! i found this great tut back. I had seen it once, but didn't save it. I will try this one soon!

barbara k Says... 25 May 2015 , 7:43pm

Can you flavor the gelatin. Also can you add any sugar to make it taste better


sweetflowers Says... 26 May 2015 , 9:25pm

You sure can.  I use artificial sweetener and candy oil to flavor.  These are pretty hard though so I wouldn't recommend eating them.

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