lava lamp ornaments

We know the holidays spur creativity, but they can also be delightfully sciency!

We know the holidays spur creativity, but they can also be delightfully sciency!

The bubbly, psychedelic and spontaneous world that exists inside of lava lamps have transfixed our imaginations since the 1960s. With this simple chemical reaction experiment, you can bring a little retro fun to your holiday home by making DIY lava lamp Christmas ornaments. Festive yet funky! Collect the materials listed below, set up your lab (i.e, your kitchen table) and get down with your groovy, nerdy, creative self!

Lava Lamp Ornaments

What You Need

  • Food coloring
  • Mineral oil
  • Mixing bowl
  • Nylon string
  • Plastic Christmas ornaments
  • Plastic funnel
  • Sodium bicarbonate tablets
  • Small cup
  • Water

What You Do

  • Remove the metal thread cap from your ornament.
  • Break sodium bicarbonate tablets into small chips and set aside.
  • With the opening facing up, secure the ornament placing it in a small cup, empty paper towel roll or anything that will hold it steady.
  • Use a funnel to carefully fill about 75 percent of the ornament with mineral oil.
  • In a separate cup or bowl, add food coloring to tap water and stir.
  • Add colored water to the ornament.
  • Drop a few of those sodium bicarbonate chips into the ornament.
  • Reattach the metal thread cap to your ornament.
  • Use nylon string to secure and your hang your ornament.
  • Watch the “lava” bubble up!