Ocean Waves in a Bottle (Video)




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Introduction: Ocean Waves in a Bottle (Video)

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In this project I'm going to show you how to make your own ocean in a bottle using some household supplies.

If you don't prefer to read, you can skip it and watch the video instead where I have explained all the steps in detail. If you do, then continue reading the written steps along with pictures in the following steps. Find out more similar projects and gadget reviews on my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/miibooth

This is what you'll need

1. A clear glass or plastic bottle

2. A measuring cup + Water

3. Clear baby oil or hair oil.

4. Blue food coloring

5. Funnel (Optional)

6. Dropper (Optional)

Step 1: Get Started

1. Fill you bottle with half or a little more than half of water.(This is a 500ml bottle so I decided to pour in 275ml water)

2. Add a couple drops of blue food coloring. You can do more or less depending on your bottle.

3. Mix it well.

Step 2: Final Step

1. Place your funnel on the bottle opening.

2. Tilt the bottle slightly and pour in the oil.

3. Fill the bottle completely to the top with oil so there are no air bubbles remaining.

4. Let it sit for a while so the little oil bubbles in the center dissapear.

Step 3: Your Ocean Is Ready

Your ocean in the bottle is now ready.

Just tilt it horizontally and rock it from side to side like a sea saw. You will be able to see the waves move from side to side like watching a real wave in slow motion.

It makes for a really great desktop stress reliever or you can throw in some plastic aquatic figurines to make it a kids toy. ( I would use a plastic bottle in that case.)

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    here's a fun fact: baby oil is not made from actual babies.

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    NOW you tell me? I have been scouring the internet for a recipe.

    Me too this is ridiculous

    yeah it is - you take one large ripe baby...

    It is made of minerals, go figure.

    Nor is Hair oil ;)

    The only problem with this project is that if it's on my desk, I will hardly get any actual work done. On second thought, I never actually get any work done. SMH.

    Cool project; will try and recreate!

    can you use vegetable oil instead of baby oil?

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    You definitely can, it works the same. But vegetable oil is usually yellow tinted. I think clear oil like baby or hair oil just looks better.


    When in US with my wife and kids (2000), I bought a small aquarium made of acrylic, with two tiny dolphins. It is at home till today but it got some air which, I think, made some kind of dirt floating on the blue layer. Now, the grandsons are arriving and I´d like to fix it in order to keep them here at home. The main problem was: I did not have have any idea of the what were the liquid inside the box. Now, I know. Thank you very much for sharing this small gift.

    By the way, the dolphins have a small weight (1 and 2, each) which allow them to float stand at the surface and the other, a bit submerged.

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    You're welcome. I did regret not adding some aquatic figurines in there later. Will be more fun to play with.

    Try to find small dolphins, attach some weight and test them with these fluids in an open jar in order to adjust their floatation in the intermediate zone of the both layers. It could be an improvement to this Instructable. Once more, congratulations. With some time, I will send you some photos of my little aquarium.

    That looks really cool! I wonder if a little glitter added to the water would enhance the effect?

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    "All that glitters is not Gold". Sometimes it's a glittery, interactive ocean wave simulator.

    You are a wise-man.


    I made one of these back in high school as an oceanography project. I think it was called a picnocline if I remember correctly. One word of caution: if using glass, especially square bottles like Jack Daniels, DO leave an air space for expansion as the temperature changes. Otherwise it WILL burst if warmed enough. I had used a lighter fluid or paint thinner with rubbing alcohol, and it made quite a mess when it burst!

    Nice one. I been liking these and wanting to make one for years :)

    Thanks for this :)

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    Glad I could help :)