Burning Man How-Tos, Costumes, Bikes, and Tips & Tricks

Burning Man, the famous weeklong festival of music, art, free expression, and much more in the Nevada desert, is just around the corner. Whether you're a Burning Man veteran, a first-timer, or someone who is interested from afar, here's a list of some Instructables that will help you prepare and make your unique Burning Man experience even better.

General Advice

TimAnderson's Tips by TimAnderson
Learn all about Burning Man and easy, creative ways to keep yourself prepared and safe from TimAnderson's documentation of his trip to the festival last year.

HalcyonPink's Tips by HalcyonPink
In this video and the follow-up, Burning Man veteran HalcyonPink gives you his advice.

Find Your Fashion

Fire Skirt by la
The popular fire skirt uses EL wire to give your clothes some personality.

Angel Wings by fairywingsandthings
If your attire of choice requires wings, you're well covered: you could try these angel wings or a different version .

Color-Changing Scarf by enlighted
You can't go wrong with clothes that light up.

Electric Umbrella by sockmaster
You can't go wrong with accessories that light up, either.

Bikes and the Like

Wobble Bike by dan
For a fun twist on a regular bike, convert it into a wobble bike that you have to steer from both the back and the front.

Kite-Powered Land Proa by aerohydro
Derived from a water proa Instructable, this vehicle transplants the idea to land--ideal for flat, dry terrain like the playa.

Tall Bike by TimAnderson
Get an aerial view of all the action while you bike along with this tall bike that anyone can build. .

Chopper Bicycle by KoolKat
Few bike designs are as functional and attention-grabbing as the chopper, and you can follow these directions to upgrade your old bike, chopper style.

Furry Pink Bike by HalcyonPink
Burning Man is all about being creative and expressing yourself--and your bike is a perfect item to deck out in your own personal style.

LED Bike Wheel Images by ladyada
Transform your bike wheels with LEDs that you can program to glow to form various patterns, images, and designs .

Shelter and Shade

Parachute Shade Structure by benjcarson
This Burning Man-tested structure will help protect you from the raw elements of the playa.

Rebar Tent Stakes by tk1314
Normal tent stakes won't be too effective at Burning Man, but these made from rebar prevent impaling and will hold your tent firmly.

Portable Yurt by TimAnderson
This version of a yurt, a Mongolian tent-like structure, is portable and can be assembled and disassembled easily.

Fire, Flying Things, and Other Fun

Firebreathing by Tetranitrate
A combination of fire, art, and fun, you can light up the desert night with firebreathing tricks.

Cincinnati Fire Kite by stasterisk
Kiting is a very popular activity at Burning Man, and you can join in with a this kite that combines flying and fire together into a night-time spectacle.

Fire Staff by Stone
Light both ends of the staff and spin to create your own patterns.

Candle-Powered Hot Air Balloon by ewilhelm
A simple combination of birthday candles, painter's plastic, and balsa wood can turn into a functional hot air balloon.

Homemade Poi by Hydra
Learn to make homemade practice poi that can be used anywhere--and check out other Instructables on how to spin poi and other DIY poi designs.

If you're going to Burning Man this year, we hope this helps and have a fun, safe, and exciting experience!

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JellyWoo7 years ago
what exactly is burning man?
Oh, you're missing out! It's only the awesomest thing EVER!!!

Start here and here.
oh, cool, too bad i live too far away. :-(
me too
me three
mee fourth
Me Eleventh... Have we got that far yet?
Me after this person.
Plasmana mbudde7 years ago
Me fortingth.
nabzaf Plasmana7 years ago
well it won't be a run'n joke if you weren't carrying scissors. I forgot what number are we on?!?!?!?!?!
Plasmana nabzaf7 years ago
You are "Me fifthtingth"
Me sixtingth.
omg, how long is this list going to be? 1 year later... me googolplex. lol!
me 19th
me 20th
Im going to reply to a comment before the numbers just so they'll be wrong.
me -4th
me 18
me 21st
mee 512
Did you mean 512th?
nabzaf JellyWoo7 years ago
Line Cutter Me First lol ha ha ha
highvoltage7 years ago
Aren't there several, like one in each area? I live in Utah, is there one there? It looks like an awesome event and I'd love to go!
Synergy is outside SaltLake.

burns are EVERYWHERE! From South Africa to NZ to Ohio to
Nowhere is Spain.

go here to find your regional burn:
Plasmana7 years ago
Aww, I am too far away... (other side of the world).
there are burns all over the world.Smaller attendance so less of everything including travel time. go here to find your regional burn:
Drove there from chicago last year, first time there. Can't go this or next year cuz of the timetable for classes, very sad. :( However the year after that I'll be a massage therapist, very popular there. If you go to the hotel, don't forget to raid the minibar. They never check it. lol
Labot20017 years ago
How old do you have to be to go to BM?
I would think your parents wouldn't let either of us go at our current age, as there are a few nudists running around, but I have seen a few pictures with whole families there..
Well, my parents wouldn't want me to go no matter how old I was ;-) I was just wondering, say you wanted to go by yourself, how old do you have to be? I'd figure probably 18 or 21 or something like that...
I believe it's 18, probably give out stamps or wrist bands for those who are going to be getting drinks.
what? wrist bands? This is not the default reality! The drinks are free and everyone is a walking piece of art. anyone who walks up to the "Bar" in a camp gets a drink. the median age is probably 30 but If you're young and even slightly in shape there'll be men and women aplenty to befriend. Plus there is are other treats on the playa that are far more interesting than a bottle of warm beer.
Said probably. I was taking a guess at how it MAY work.
It's not like BM sells alcohol. You either bring your own, or get it from other people. But attendees aren't allowed to sell things.
Didn't know that much.
there are no age limits but I think under a certain age you have to be accompanied by an adult. Sometimes people bring their babys but IMO that's a risky idea becuase the environment is pretty harsh.
AS far as wristbands/stamps...there is NO type of that going around...on a given day/night there might 500+ camps openly serving alcohol and they may not serve you if they think you are not of age but they certainly wouldn't "card" you...it's a pretty anarchic culture...in a great way.
(check the pics)
That sounds about right..
Most likely... I want to go.. :D
JellyWoo bumpus7 years ago
yeah, my parents wouldn't let me go if there were a bunch of nude people running around.
yep even one my parents would flip
I was wanting to go to one of these some time. When reading about it I laughed the way it said that clothes are optional.
There's no minimum age.
You have to get there...

I think they're on an "if you have to ask...." rule.
downgrade7 years ago
BAH! Let this creep up on me, no way of getting any time off now, oh well, next year I will be prepared.
I still really want to go to this. Maybe I could talk some people into going next year.
You could probably talk me into it...
Instructables and then Burning Man? weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Thats a summer vacation if I ever heard one! :D
EnigmaMax7 years ago
lots of nudity I've heard...
mcnewby7 years ago
TICKETS: Violation of these rules, or violent anti-social behavior, can result in revocation of your ticket and ejection from the event without refund. Our admission Gate will be open at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, August 25th. No one under 18 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. IMPORTANT FOR 2008: NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE BOX OFFICE OF THE EVENT. Participants must purchase tickets ahead of time, prior to arriving at the event site. Will Call closes on Saturday, August 30, at 12:00 noon.
I plan on trying to go between high school and college...if timing permits.
been there twice! It is a bit expensive if you want to be comfy. Got my ticket and an RV for this year. Can't wait to go home!!!!!
seem's a little troublesome to get comftorble. isn't there a hotel anywhere close by?
Hah! No, there's no hotel. Everything you want to have out there you need to bring it yourself in the beginning. You can buy ice and coffee,but that's it. As for doing your business there are portapotties. After that, you're on your own, but if you really need help almost anyone there will be willing to lend a hand.
seems kind of like a burden to take everything you need.
.... here's my desktop, tv, and grand piano! lol, jk.
no lol its in the middle of nowhere
Doveman7 years ago
I wish I could go too.. =[
tiihaytch7 years ago
Don't let being on the wrong side of the world stop you :) I went in '06 and I still can't wait to go again (wait til I have money again). go to www.burningman.com
lol, that pretty much sums it up
peguiono7 years ago
heh... I live in Reno which usually serves as the stop point before everyone goes to burning man, so I get to see all the cool busses and vans. Also the week of and before burning man, walmart has absolutely nothing in it at all. The bikes and food are all gone its like the whole entire store is empty. well except for crowds of people.
I would love to go to this, but i don't know much about it :'(
bumpus7 years ago
Awesome! I would love to make it to one of the festivals..