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Always wanted to have a fog machine for your next halloween party without paying a lot of money? Here you can learn about making a fog machine on your own and how to combine it with a pumpkin.

Perfect decoration for Halloween :)


Du wolltest schon immer eine Nebelmaschine für Halloween oder Parties haben, willst aber kein Geld für eine teure Anlage ausgeben? Hier erfährst du wie du eine Nebelmaschine mit einfachen Mitteln selbst basteln und sie in einen Kürbis passend zu Halloween integrieren kannst! 

Die perfekte Deko für deine Halloween Party :) 

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Step 1: Get the stuff

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You need:

- a pumpkin
- glycerine
- distilled water
- an aluminium ashtray or bowl
- some toothpicks
- air-drying clay
- transparent paper
- florist's wire
- tealights (at least three)
- some drawing pins (with flat heads)


Man braucht:

- einen Kürbis
- Glycerin (in der Drogerie erhältlich)
- destilliertes Wasser
- einen Aluminium-Aschebecher aus dem Ein-Euro-Shop oder eine ähnliche Schale aus dünnwandigem Metall
- Zahnstocher
- lufttrocknender Ton
- transparentes Papier
- Blumendraht
- Teelichter
- Reißzwecken

Step 2: Prepare the pumpkin

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First hollow the pumpkin out and carve a nice scary face. Important: The mouth has to be in a trapezium shape, cause we want to give him real clay theeth later on.


Zunächst muss man den Kürbis wie gewohnt aushöhlen und ein Gesicht schnitzen.
Wichtig: Damit man die Ton-Zähne später besser einsetzen kann, sollte der Mund die Form eines umgedrehten Trapez aufweisen.

Step 3: Shape the theeth

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Take the air-drying clay and shape some sharp teeth (as sharp as clay can be :D) and put in each tooth a toothpick. Now you place them somewhere, where they can dry for at least 24 hours. If you like, colour your pumpkin's teeth the next day.


Aus dem Ton formt man gleichmäßige, spitze Zähne und steckt sie mit dem flachen Ende an einen Zahnstocher. Nun lässt man sie einen Tag lang trocknen. Wenn man will, kann man sie danach in einer beliebigen Farbe anmalen.
nic nak10 months ago
man this thing smokes! *cough cough* ;-)
mybubbles10 months ago
Excellent idea!! Congratulations & thank you for sharing ;)
lilperegrine10 months ago
I haven't seen a clear answer here, so I'm just going to ask...
Is this safe INSIDE? Isn't Glycerine toxic?
(Cool effect, though!)
lwvtutor10 months ago
agapietx10 months ago
adacashjez10 months ago
Well done!
marazorx10 months ago
Lol, gonna do one today, thx! :D
flurng11 months ago
Excellent work -very spooky! Can't wait to try this! One final touch you might consider, though - perhaps a bit of gooey "blood" dripping from the fangs, the chin, etc... Fantastic work!
Pazzerz11 months ago
I really like the glycerin approach. Dry ice and Propylene Glycol are either expensive or hard to come by.
Domoreto11 months ago
Great pumpkin !!!
pondwater11 months ago
I love make it much easier however and safer..I think I will use a bowl with water and dry ice and just set those inside my spooky little fire eating guy. Good idea with this! Happy Halloween!
MB-DK11 months ago
After reading comments, it sounds like the distilled water ensures that no dangerous toxins are omitted in to the air? Can anyone confirm that this isn't dangerous to be around and inhale? If it's 100% safe, then this is too cool! Hope someone comes with an answer soon...we are having our annual H'ween party tomorrow and this would definitely impress! :)
MB-DK MB-DK11 months ago
Btw...if u don't have clay, make a salt dough and bake your teeth at 90-100C for about an hour. Easy! :)
i zimbra MB-DK11 months ago
This is really helpful. Just out of curiosity, is it because any pumpkin carved teeth would get too hot and look, well, non-tooth-like after a while?
MB-DK i zimbra11 months ago
Not necessarily...clay teeth are just another way to spruce up a pumpkin I guess. Something unique and different - and looks cool! If u haven't already, check out the incredible little pumpkins with vampire teeth - search for pumpkin teeth. They are genius! :)
fastrat200011 months ago
Very cool I love the teeth.
paulbsa11 months ago
Could you just use premade fog machine fluid? Would it react with the heat the same?
Yes it should, premade fog fluid is just glycerin and water, I think premade is around 1/8 to 1/4 glycerin rate, I have mixing my own some, seem like 1/4 to 1/3 best for making thick fog.
Noise Maker (author)  paulbsa11 months ago
I'm sorry but I don't know that, maybe somebody who has fog machine fluid can try it for us :D I think in fog machines you also need presure...
TheAZAndyman11 months ago
How long does the smoking mixture last before you have to refill?
i zimbra11 months ago
This is really cool. Do the teeth have to be made out of clay?
ronanry11 months ago
What should be great would have been to explain what happens when you put the fire under the aluminium foil ?
Does the glycerin react with the warm ? with the foil ? with the water ? why necessary distilled water? etc....
ronanry ronanry11 months ago
after some "google act", i found that, only the glycerol (contains in the glycerin) make the deal.
When you warm it, (+60°C) it vapors itself, when it "reach" the lower temperature of the outside air, it condenses and make the fog
(see more here : in french...)
Noise Maker (author)  ronanry11 months ago
Right! And if there is no water the glycerin could react to a toxic substance. Distilled water just does not leave residues :D
cmk55511 months ago
Love this. Having a Halloween party. Do you have any info on how long this will fog?
Noise Maker (author)  cmk55511 months ago
As long as there is solution in the bowl and the tealights are burning ;) Our pumpkin was smoking for over an hour :D
OrenLederman11 months ago
love it!
astrofolk11 months ago
jessyratfink11 months ago
This is excellent! :D
Noise Maker (author)  jessyratfink11 months ago
Thanks :)