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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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JellyWoo8 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
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Me Eleventh... Have we got that far yet?
Me after this person.
Plasmana mbudde8 years ago
Me fortingth.
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