How to Make a Lava Lamp Project

How to Make a Lava Lamp Project

DIY Lava Lamp

Happy Summer everyone! This summer for me is all about keeping my little girl occupied, energized, and curious. Summer is such a crucial time during the year to make sure that our kids aren’t sitting in front of a TV for 3 months with a bag of chips and a headset on. We want to make sure they continue to learn while on a break from school, so the transition back to school is easier. Now I’m not saying that kids shouldn’t be allowed to sleep in and have some fun, just that I think it’s important to get some learning in at least once a day.

Science is one of my daughters favorite subjects in school, so I thought it would be fun to bring some some science home. So I set out to find a fun project and I learned How to make a Lava Lamp Project! Its such an easy, fun, and interesting project that anyone can do and love. Let’s check it out shall we?

Here is How to make a Lava Lamp Project:

DIY lava lamp

You Will Need:

  • Mason Jars
  • Water
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Food Coloring
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Antacid tabs

DIY Lava Lamps StepsFirst, You will grab a mason jar (as many as you want each one will be their own lamp) and fill them 1/3 of the way with water. You will fill the rest of the jar up with oil. (Leave a little space at the top so it won’t “boil” over).

How to make a lava lamp

Next, You will be adding in your food color. You can stick with one color, or mix it up with a few. I went with about 10 drops. I mixed blue and red in mine! (Note- if you wait to long to do the rest of the steps after you add the food coloring, the blobs will sink to the water and the colors will mix. Ask me how I know LOL)


Then, It’s time to add some glitter! You don’t have to do this step, but it does make it look really cool under a flashlight!


Then, it’s time for the fun part! Break open your antacid tabs and drop them in 1 at a time. You will then see your lava lamp come to life! I’ve included a video below so you can see it in action, check it out:

That’s it! With just a few items you probably already have at home and a little time and you have a fun science project to do at home! How cool is that!?

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