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DIY/Homemade Lava Lamps are great fun for families to do together. It
can be mesmerizing and calming to watch the lava lamp in action. This activity always keeps my kids busy for a good amount of time.

Step 1: Gather your Materials

To do it yourself at home, you will need:

  • Vegetable Oil
  • Water
  • Clear Bottle
  • Food Coloring
  • Alka Seltzer Tablets - broken into smaller pieces
<p>I know hou make a lava lamp like the original. You can know too if you see the science behind the original lava lamp.</p>
<p>that is pretty cool. I put a small light behind and it was awesome </p>
<p>Exactly how is this a lamp?</p>
<p>If you put your jar on an electric coffee cup/candle warmer, it might also work. </p>
<p>Don't pour it down your drain though. All the oil will eventually clog your septic. </p>
The oil won't clog a drain, it is always a liquid. Grease on the other hand returns to a semi - solid state when cooled and will cause a clog eventually if you don't keep your drains cleaned regularly.
<p>coooooool you can put a lamp under the lamp and put off the light and it's work perfectlly</p>
<p>i want to say a erectric light under the lava lamp</p>
Very interesting!
<p>Thanks for stopping by!</p>
<p>Awesome! Can you reuse the jar or just throw it away?</p>
<p>You can wash it out and reuse it for other things. Happy creating!</p>
<p>So cute! Love it in that little bottle :)</p>
<p>Thanks! I got the bottles on amazon.com. It's been great for lava lamps and calming jars...I think that might be my next instructable :-)</p>
<p>That'll be very cute :)</p>

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Bio: Janine Halloran, LMHC and Mom of 2 is the founder of Encourage Play. There you will find practical resources and simple & easy play ideas to ... More »
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