Affordable Family Fun: DIY Lava Lamp Craft

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If you’re looking for something to do with the family on a rainy Spring day, look around your house because you might have all the materials for DIY Lava Lamps! It’s a great craft activity that also gives the entire family a chance to explore some science!

Source: via Mariah on Pinterest

DIY Lava Lamp Craft

What you need:

Empty plastic water bottle with label removed
Vegetable oil
Food coloring
Antacid tablets

What you do:

  1. Fill a water bottle 3/4 full with vegetable oil and water (1/2 vegetable oil and 1/4 water). Be sure to leave a few inches empty!
  2. Add 10 drops of food coloring (the darker the color the better).
  3. Divide the antacid tablet into quarters.
  4. Drop a piece of antacid table into the bottle and watch it bubble!
  5. Repeat with additional pieces of antacid tablet.
  6. Place cap on the bottle and tip bottle back and forth to create a wave!
  7. You can also shine a flashlight on the bottle and turn out the lights to make it even more like a lava lamp!

This lava lamp craft is fun for the entire family and is a great way to spend an evening in! Throw a frozen pizza in the oven and have a family science night!

Have you ever created a homemade lava lamp? Have you ever created another science craft project?

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About Mariah Moon

Mariah is a former teacher and mother of a rambunctious little boy living in The Woodlands, Texas. She recently welcomed a little girl into the family and is learning how to balance a toddler and an infant! She works every day to figure out how to balance all of her roles and figure out her formula for being mom! She can also be found at Mommy Mindset Media, Disney DIY and Noise Girls.


  1. that’s funny my kids just learned about this yesterday in our science homeschool class! :)
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  2. I want to do this! I will say my son would like it, but lets be honest… Mama thinks t would be fun!
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  3. this would be fun to make :)
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  4. This is genius! I’m definitely going to be trying it with the kids on the next rainy day. Thanks for sharing!
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