Introduction: Make a Smoke Bomb Out of Ping Pong Balls

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Have any ping pong balls lying around? I have an idea... how about making a few easy and effective smoke bombs out of them? Everyday household materials is all you will need. Very useful for paint ball or air soft matches, or just to have fun.


1.) Ping Pong Balls (4 or 5 is enough for one well done smoke bomb)
2.) Scissors
3.) A Straw
4.) Aluminum Foil
5.) A Lighter or Matches

- A Drill

Preparing Time: About 3-5 Minutes

Take a Look At the Video First, and then follow the steps!!

Be Sure to check out our other instructable on how to make money that doesn't burn! Enjoy!!

Step 1: Making a Hole

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So first, go ahead and Grab a ping pong ball. Grab the scissors and anywhere you'd like poke and make a whole about the width of an average pen. If you have a drill, just go ahead and drill a hole as well.

IMPORTANT, Make sure you only make 1 hole!!!

Step 2: Cutting the Other Balls Into Pieces

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After you've made a hole in the ball, set it aside. Now grab the rest of the balls and poke them with the scissors, but this time cutting the whole balls into pieces. It doesn't matter what size, but not too big.

Step 3: Combining the Balls

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After you finish cutting the ping pong balls, go back and grab the first ball which you made a hole into. Grab the pieces of the other balls and slowly (Don't cut yourself) insert them through the hole. After you're done with that, grab a straw and cut about a 3-inch piece. Grab that piece, and insert it through the whole and push it down.

Step 4: Aluminum Foil

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Now pull out the Aluminum foil, and cut a small piece (enough to wrap half a sandwich). Cover the ball with the foil, don't cover the straw, just where it meets with the ball. Make sure to cut off excess aluminum foil.

Step 5: Final Step

Now Grab your creation because its ready to light. BUT!!! Make sure you light up the bottom of the smoke bomb because if you're just going to place it on the floor, it'll direct the smoke out through the straw. Now if you throw it, it'll direct the smoke through both holes (The one you cut, and the one you burned through) The point I'm trying to make is, that if you want to direct the smoke in a certain direction, place it rather than throw it, therefore burn the bottom.

Enjoy!! Watch our Video for a better idea, we'd appreciate it!!! Chemical Pranks Productions
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Logan302 (author)2016-04-27

Sorry bit of a dumb question but how do you light it. do you have to hold it over a flame or light the little bits inside or do it another way.

Logan302 (author)2016-04-26

the more balls you put in the more smoke you get I guess

Logan302 (author)2016-04-26

I always love doing these at home. They are great but isn't the smoke quite toxic.

leviosterday (author)2015-11-27


killerman975 (author)2012-03-20

if you want to throw just leave the straw out and ceal off the whole by sticking in a large peice of pingpong ball into the whol so that the outer shell covers that whol wrap it in tinfoil burn and throw

Yeah nice idea

Destroyer122333 (author)2015-11-05

That is awe some! thanks for a working smoke bomb! So gonna try this at home.

rhys25690811234 (author)2013-04-25

what would happen if u didn't cover the pingpong ball with foil??

AWESOME creation

Johnnykid12 (author)2013-04-18

Awesome if not for the dumb fire ban In Colorado i'd do it!

teknohawk (author)2012-08-03

Do you know how to make a gun for this bomb?
Take a 2'' by 2' PVC pipe, attach a 2'' PVC end cap, drill a hole in the end cap, and hot glue a BBQ lighter in the hole (barrel first) . Then simply drop the bomb down the barrel the right way, and press the trigger of the lighter. :0

teknohawk (author)2012-08-03

Do you know how to make a gun for this bomb?
Take a 2'' by 2' PVC pipe, attach a 2'' PVC end cap, drill a hole in the end cap, and hot glue a BBQ lighter in the hole (barrel first) . Then simply drop the bomb down the barrel the right way, and press the trigger of the lighter. :0

teknohawk (author)2012-08-03

Do you know how to make a gun for this bomb?
Take a 2'' by 2' PVC pipe, attach a 2'' PVC end cap, drill a hole in the end cap, and hot glue a BBQ lighter in the hole (barrel first) . Then simply drop the bomb down the barrel the right way, and press the trigger of the lighter. :0

teknohawk (author)2012-08-01

I love it! when will it stop producing smoke though?

MegaNerd (author)2012-07-06

Do you know if food coloring will change the color of the smoke?

sniper_lover (author)2011-11-18

HELZZ YEEAHHH, we must make a movie for school, and we used this smokebomb for special effect, f*king cool, thx mannn!!

urtlesquirt (author)2011-04-30

Im pretty sure the smoke is toxic.

aazeez-1 (author)2011-03-10

Hey!!! such a funny guys, good comments and its interesting to read. All of u r so brainy buddy
Keep it up

Alexxm1129 (author)2010-07-18

Can you stick a fuse down the "chimney" of the bomb to light it instead of heating the bottom?

kve23 (author)Alexxm11292011-03-09

if i was going to do that i would add something flammable that burns kinda slow like paper

chamster (author)2011-01-20

can u put pine needles instead of ping pong balls?

Everett_McKinley (author)2011-01-12

i understand the smoke could posibly kill you, but thats if they would actualy smoke instead of bursting into flames!
''dont try it''

happybuilder (author)2011-01-06

WOW! that was an awesome instructable 8)

pokerstud001 (author)2011-01-03

Maybe just put the pingpong pieces into something else that won't catch on fire?

Goalie1 (author)2010-03-26

um mine acted like a flame thrower.  What did I do wrong??

duh-man (author)Goalie12010-11-14

mine did 2 but i stomped it out and smoke went everywhere! fun fun fun!

Pyrosimon (author)Goalie12010-10-16

Because it says burn a hole in the bottom when really you should just heat up the hottom with a lighter

Goalie1 (author)Pyrosimon2010-10-17

Okay, thanks. I was holding it near my face, which was stupid when it exploded!!

ToddisI (author)Goalie12010-08-13

mine did to

kaz_1994 (author)2010-09-15

Why not throw the ping pong balls into a blender?

OXI2vasyl (author)kaz_19942010-10-28

another episode of WILL IT BLEND?

RoseWished (author)2010-09-08

YAAAY TOXIC SMOKE! Don't breathe this

pizzadox747 (author)2010-08-26

agred to Goalie 1, it got fired insted of creating smoke. what did we do wrong???

yuckzee (author)2008-09-01

yea if you light these and they happen to drift to a livestock feild it could cause alot of problems.

mrelement (author)yuckzee2010-08-10

thats funny

bannana1 (author)2010-07-23

cut up 5 balls use NO fuse just heat the botton of the foil until you get smoke, WARNING: smoke is poisonous

Drinkliquidmetal (author)2010-05-06

Why is this necasarry to cut them up? They aren't used in any other steps.

you cut up the other ping pong balls and then stuff them inside the one with the hole you drilled. and that is what is making all the smoke.......

teslafan100 (author)2010-04-12

you added the smoke in the video but not all of it

Trogman (author)2008-06-18

Okay someone help me out. I think I did everything right, but it took like ten minutes to light, and after it was lit it smoked for three seconds, and then it burst into flames. Does anyone know what I did wrong?

dungeon runner (author)Trogman2010-04-10

The reason everybody is asking "what did I do wrong?" is that the formula is too inconsistent. Wrong brand of balls, not enough tinfoil, too many balls, to little, too long under a flame, etc. When making an instructable I suggest the author be a little more scientific.


Logo110 (author)2008-09-25

This didn't work just busrt into flames. What kind of Ping Pong Balls did you use? And guys don't breathe if your going to do this, it's very toxic

dungeon runner (author)Logo1102010-04-10

I really wouldn't suggest doing it at all, really. There are much safer and way more effective ways of making smoke bombs, like sugar + salt peter. Look it up on Youtube.

Fuzzcuzz (author)2008-06-24

Me and my mate wanted to know any ideas for making this stronger (We're having trouble getting hold of potassium nitrate), we've tried just using the pingpong ball and it worked, we then tried using bits inside but it burst into flames so any ideas? btw thnx to vic for coming up with the base idea.

dungeon runner (author)Fuzzcuzz2010-04-10

You can find potassium nitrate being sold in garden shops as "salt peter". Easy, cheap, awesome.

PyroManiac96 (author)Fuzzcuzz2008-10-04

if your having trouble getting KNO3 (potassium nitrate), i believe potassium chlorate will also work as an oxidizer.(found in the shelves of a pharmacy, forgot what it's for, i'll look into that.

FoamCrazy (author)2008-10-07

don't do this it is absolutely stupid, when you do it you are burning PVC plastic and iit of course generates toxic fumes that give you HORRIBLE brain damage, ping pong balls are not for smoke bombs

ok listen i get that ur worried but dont act like your our mothers or fathers or whoever the bloody hell it is you ppl on here live with

i am not i am just saying how stupid it is to burn ping pong balls, i am just saying and warning people

so your acting like our bloody parents

Not wanting people to die of toxic inhalation while normal parents obviously aren't keeping an eye out for their kid's safety == Back off jack? Seriously, quit acting like we're just "the man" trying to surpress your freedom of killing yourself because you wanted to see some pretty smoke.


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