$1 Homemade Signal Flare

About: We bring no store of ingots, of spice or precious stones, but what we have gathered with sweat and aching bones" -Rudyard Kipling.

I am going to show you an incredibly easy to build and extremely cheap signal flare that could save your life one day (or really impress your friends).

Warning! The flare gets very hot once lit. Make sure you wear gloves when holding it. In a survival situation where you don't have gloves you could stake it on a hill or attach it to a long stick. Never point this at anyone or anything flammable!

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Step 1: Materials

All you need to make the flare is some small eight inch sparklers (the kind used on cakes) and some electrical tape. I used a package of twenty from the dollar store for this flare. You can use more for a more powerful effect, but keep in mind the more sparklers the more heat and therefore you will need thicker gloves to hold it.

Step 2: Making the Fuse

Bunch all of the sparklers together into a tight bundle. Locate the centre sparkler and pull it out about a half inch further from the others. This will be the fuse for the flare. The other sparklers should all be flush with each other.

Step 3: Wrapping the Sparklers

Now for the actual construction of the flare. Start at the bottom of the sparklers (the handles) and tightly wrap them all around with electrical tape. When you get to the top, cover the sparkler heads but leave the fuse exposed so you have something to light. Then double layer the whole thing by wrapping it again from top to bottom. In the last picture you can see how the fuse is exposed.

Step 4: Finished!

Here is the finished product. You can use a bunch of these in a survival situation as easy signal flares or just as a way to impress your friends. Make sure you follow safety when using this flare. Thanks for reading!

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    5 Discussions


    3 years ago

    great idea.where did you get this design?


    4 years ago

    ! I had made a sparkler shower/fountain ( basicly what this ible is) in attempt at making a sparkler bomb. Did not think of the survival aspect though. Nice share.


    4 years ago

    you're braver than I seeing as how this is how you make a sparkler bomb... love the concept though!


    4 years ago

    I would put matches in the bundle and use a striker to ignite them because like iron said they are only about 5 sec you need to be quick.


    4 years ago

    Not that long probably 5 seconds or so. For the price you could easily make a few of them to have on you and shoot in succession. Or you can make a larger one with more sparklers that will last longer.