Water Bottle Popper





Introduction: Water Bottle Popper

About: Jack-of-all trades, master of some. I would probably be much more modest if it wasn't for these delusions of granduer that I suffer from.

I like to keep a case of bottled water in my vehicle. It is nice to have a supply of drinking water on hand when the offspring start singing the "I'm thirsty" blues whenever we get anywhere that sells fizzy drinks.

Now that their thirst has been satisfied, do you just toss the empties into a recycle bin and move on?


you make the bottles into noise makers before sending them to their next incarnation.

Step 1: Making It Work

This works on the simple concept of compressed air being released very quickly.

Take one empty water bottle and make sure the lid is on completely.

twist the bottle at the mid point several times. I usually give it three or four twists.

As quickly as you can spin the top off the bottle to release the air.


Go find the lid.

blow the bottle back up and do it again.

you can usually get three or four pops out of a bottle before it fails to hold air anymore.

Step 2: Video

It was raining pretty hard so I had to shoot this video inside, so you don't get to see how far the lid travels.

On a good pop you can get the lid to go 20 feet or more.



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6 Discussions

Half a dozen comments and no alarmist warnings? You'll put your eye out kid!


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Thank you for wrapping us all in bubble wrap to protect us from ourselves. LOL

I always knew how to do this. But I didn't know how to make it further. Thanks to you, it flew atleast 15 ft! Thanks!

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I love doing this :) I do it ALL the time.

Now more people will find out about the joy of exploding water bottles :D

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we like to try to see who can get closest to a "target" when playing with these. Since the flight path is rather erratic it is mostly luck and very little skill. :)