Friday, February 10, 2012

How to Make Bubble Tea for your Doll

Rebecca enjoying a Fruity Tooty Bubble Tea after ballet.

My husband is half Chinese and always likes to get a Bubble tea whenever we are somewhere that sells them.  Bubble tea originated in Asia in the mid eighties and was made the traditional way by shaking the tea and flavoring together to create the bubbles.  When Bubble tea came to America, it was changed slightly by adding tapioca pearls  for the bubbles and cream.
My daughters like learning about their Asian heritage so I thought this would be a fun way to include some of the things they know about into their doll play.  It is also a pretty easy craft that only takes about 5-10 minutes.  It would be great for a cold or rainy day or even to make as a party favor.
How to Make Bubble Tea For Your Doll

Items Needed: 
-Shot glass size plastic cup.  (Mine our from the grocery store and came in a pack of 8.)
-Bubble shaped beads (small and round with small hole)
-Bendy straw cut to fit cup
-Craft glue
-Regular clear glue

Getting to Work:
Step 1:  Pour the tacky/craft glue into the bottom of the cup---only to create a bottom layer of visible "cream" in the drink.
Step 2: Put alternating layers of the bubble beads and the regular clear glue into the cup.  This is to create the look of the tapioca bubbles that are in real Bubble Tea.  Continue the layers until the top layer is about 1/4 -1/2 of an inch from the top of the cup.  
Step 3:  Put a final layer of the clear glue on top of the bubble beads to seal.
Step 4:  Cut the bending straw (making sure to cut from bottom) to fit the size of your cup.  
Step 5:  Insert the bending straw into the middle of the bubble bead before the glue is dry.
Step 6:  Allow the glue to dry completely before play.
Close up view of the doll bubble tea.

In this view, you can clearly see the beads I used to create the bubbles.


  1. What a fun idea! How long does it take for the glue to dry completely? I am guessing it takes 2-3 days.

  2. It took about 2 days to completely dry. Thanks for reading!