DIY Lava Lamp

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March 2, 2017

DIY Lava Lamp - lamp appearing green with bubbles inside bottleI was amazed about how lava lamps are made. I tried making one at home. Alka Seltzer is what makes the fizzing and floating effect, but I don't have it, so I tried an experiment using the chewable aspirin. It doesn't really fizz the way Alka Seltzer does, but still it's beautiful.



  • empty bottle
  • vegetable oil
  • food color
  • water
  • battery operated candle light/lamp
  • aspirin or any fizzing tablet (substitute for Alka Seltzer)
  • funnel
  • Note: if you don't have fizzing tablets salt or baking soda will work as well.
DIY Lava Lamp - supplies


  1. Pour water filling 1/4 of the bottle. Use a funnel to avoid spilling.
  2. DIY Lava Lamp - fill bottle 1/4 up with water
  3. Add cooking oil. Leave a little space so it does not overflow when tablet is added.
  4. DIY Lava Lamp - add oil
  5. Add a few drops of your desired food coloring.
  6. DIY Lava Lamp - add food coloring

  7. In my case I put 10 tiny aspirin tablets. But if you use Alka Seltzer 1 tablet will be fine.
  8. DIY Lava Lamp - add aspirin or Alka Seltzer
  9. If you're not satisfied with the fizzing effect of aspirin add baking soda or salt.
  10. Place the battery operated light behind the bottle or find a glow stick and place it inside the bottle.
  11. DIY Lava Lamp - place battery operated light behind the bottle
  12. Display it in your room. You can turn off the lights as it can be used as dimlight.
  13. DIY Lava Lamp - blue lamp in darkened room

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I get these wonderful glitter containers at Walmart for 97 cents. They have a neat screw on top and a handy handle. I keep mini sewing kits, first aid kits, camping matches, make up and more in them.

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