One Halloween, my family used dry ice for fog by dumping boiling water on it. I thought "I have an old PC fan... I wonder if I could use it for a fog machine that doesn't use water!" so I built it. I haven't been able to test it yet, so if anyone builds it, please comment how it turns out!
P.S. This is my first Instructable. Please comment!
Step 1: Gather the Materials
Here is what you need:
Paper towel tube
9V battery clip/holder
Super Bright Colored LED OR Super Bright White LED and colored plastic film (I didn't have any bright colored LEDs at the time)
DUCT TAPE YAY!
Hot glue gun
Step 2: Cut the Holes
The first step is to cut the holes. Place the PC fan in the center of the lid and use the Sharpie to trace it. Then use the knife to cut it out. For the paper towel tube, trace it on the side of the cooler and cut it out. Last, trace the 9V battery next to the fan (not too close) and cut out a hole a little longer than the battery. For all of these holes CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH.
Step 3: Glue the Fan and Paper Towel Tube Into Place
Now, if your fan has a yellow wire, cut it off (you don't need it). Glue the fan into the hole you cut in the last step with a generous amount of hot glue (to seal it), making it flush with the top of the lid. Cut the paper towel tube any length you want (I just made mine as long as the styrofoam is thick) and glue it into place. You may have to use bits of extra styrofoam to close up big cracks.
Step 4: Make the Bottom of the Battery Holder and Thread the Clip
Use the DUCT TAPE (VERY IMPORTANT) (you don't have to use white) to make a bottom for the hole you cut for the battery back in Step 2. Make sure it's really strong, then cut a slit at the top for the battery clip and thread it through.
Step 5: Prepare the LED (skip This If You Have a Colored LED)
If you don't have any bright colored LEDs on hand, use the colored plastic film and make a pile of 3 or more layers (the more layers there are, the darker the color). (OPTIONAL: Use plastic/Saran wrap to make the layers easier to handle.) Put the plastic film sandwich on the LED and secure it with hot glue (if you're a perfectionist like me, use the tip of the hot glue gun to shrink the plastic). Then attach a couple of wires to the leads. You can use heat-shrink tubing to keep the LED from shorting out. Make sure you have a way of knowing which is the positive lead! I had to start this part all over because I wired it wrong!
Step 6: Wire It Up!
The wiring is super simple, just connect the positive end of the LED to the positive wire on the battery clip. Then, connect the negative end of the LED to the positive wire of the fan. Last, connect the negative wire of the fan to the negative wire on the battery clip. In case you don't know (you probably do) the black wire is usually negative and the red wire is usually positive.
Your waterless fog machine is complete! Just add dry ice and have fun!