DIY Lava Lamps

This fun craft will entertain the kids for hours.

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Lava lamps are mesmerizing.There’s something about watching those globs of color bubbles gather at the bottom and float to the top. Real lava lamps are electrically operated and can cost a pretty penny.  For instant satisfaction, create you own with a few supplies you have in your home already! This project is simple to create and will provide hours of entertainment for kids (and adults too).

DIY Lava Lamps Cover

DIY Lava Lamps Cover

Make your own lava lamps with supplies you already have.

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Debbie Wolfe

Supplies

DIY Lava Lamps Supplies

DIY Lava Lamps Supplies

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Debbie Wolfe

  • tall glass bottles with tops
  • food coloring
  • baby oil
  • water
  • effervescent tablets
  • funnel (optional)
DIY Lava Lamps Step1

DIY Lava Lamps Step1

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Debbie Wolfe


Fill the bottles about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way with water.

DIY Lava Lamps Step2

DIY Lava Lamps Step2

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Debbie Wolfe

Put several drops of food coloring into the water.

DIY Lava Lamps Step3

DIY Lava Lamps Step3

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Debbie Wolfe

Fill the rest of the way up the bottle with the oil. Leave at least 1-2 inches of spaces at the top. You can use vegetable oil if you want, but the overall color will have a yellow haze. The oil and water will mix briefly, but will eventually separate.

DIY Lava Lamps Step4

DIY Lava Lamps Step4

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Debbie Wolfe

Break the effervescent tables in four pieces. Drop a quarter at a time into the bottle and watch the magic happen.

DIY Lava Lamps Cover2

DIY Lava Lamps Cover2

Making your own lava lamps with supplies you already have.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Only put in a quarter piece of tablet at a time. Adding too many pieces at once can cause the mixture to bubble up and flow over the top of the bottle. Plus, the goal is to have slower moving bubbles for a calming effect. 

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