I had the idea to make a hand-held device to 'squirt' Holi powder. After a little experimenting the Rainbow Blaster was born!
The device consists of 5 plastic squeeze dispenser bottles that have siphon tubes (straws) added inside them to pick up the powder from the bottom of the bottles. They are all pneumatically connected together back to a can of duster spray. When the duster spray trigger is squeezed the spray pressurizes the bottles and up and away goes the powder!
It's fun to go around puffing out little rainbows! Never mind the 'damage' it could do to an unsuspecting person. (Evil laugh!)
Step 1: Materials & Tools
Step 2: Install Tee Onto Bottle Cap
Install the tee into the cap of the dispenser bottle.
Drill a 9/32" hole between the base of the nozzle and the bottle wall that you can see through the cap. Align the hole so that it is opposite the cap lanyard.
This hole is somewhat smaller than the tee, but the tee can be forced into place and seals well.
Step 3: Add Syphon Tubes
The syphon tube pulls the powder up from the bottom of the bottle and ejects it from the nozzle.
Unscrew the cap and insert a straw (syphon tube) into the nozzle. To get it to fit into the nozzle the straw can be creased. The straw is pushed up into the nozzle until it is snug. In my case that was to within about a half-inch of the tip.
I bent the bottom flexible end of the straw so it would pick up the powder from the perimeter of the bottle since I knew I would have the device tilted in operation. Trim the straw so that the opening almost hits the wall of the bottle.
Orient the pick-up bend so that the opening is opposite the tee as the bottle will be tilted with the tee high and the straw opening low.
Install straws as syphon tubes for each color dispenser.
Step 4: Add Powder
Carefully add Holi powder to the dispenser bottles. I only filled the bottles about 3/4" full as that is all I could spare. You should be able to nearly fill them up if you want to.
The powder is very fine and can get everywhere so you might want to do this outside.
[You might want to take note to only use the Rainbow Blaster outside as I can only imagine what a mess it would make if discharged inside. You have been warned!]
Step 5: Connect to the Duster
The connection to the duster can output is press fit. I was very lucky that the inside diameter of the tee was the same size as the outside diameter of the duster spray tube.
I cut the spray tube to about 1" in length and then pressed the spray tube onto the valve of the duster and then pressed the tee onto the spray tube. Ta-da, a connection for tubing on a can of duster spray!
Step 6: Create Support System
My support system is a cardboard box. I took an 11 x 9 x 4 inch cardboard box and taped all gaps closed. I then cut a 2-3/4" wide slot down the long side for the dispenser bottles. The bottles just fit. (I wish the box was 11-1/4" as it was really just a bit too tight. But it did work.)
Behind the bottles I traced the outline of the duster can and cut an opening for it. I taped the can to the box so it would not come out. I added cardboard and newsprint inside the box as needed to get the can into the position I wanted.
Step 7: Connect the Duster to the Dispensers
I used silicone aquarium tubing to make the connections from the duster tee to the dispenser bottles. The silicone tubing was more flexible than vinyl tubing which made it easier to get it over the barbs on the tees.
The bottles are fed from both sides -- just for good measure (and I could use just tees to make all the connections ;-).
Step 8: Blast Rainbows to Your Heart's Content
You are done! Now take this Rainbow Blaster contraption outside and start blasting some rainbows!
(Rainbows come out in puffs - so you have to give a little shake between each blast to get the powder into position for the next puff)
Runner Up in the
Colors of the Rainbow Contest