• A clean, empty, transparent water bottle or mason jar
  • Cooking oil
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Alka-Seltzer™ antacid tablet​
  • Flash light



  1. Fill ¾ of your bottle or jar with vegetable oil and the rest of the bottle or jar with water. Do not mix.
  2. Add several drops of food coloring until the water becomes a dark shade of the color. Cut an Alka-Seltzer™ tablet into small pieces (about 8).
  3. Drop one of the small pieces of Alka-Seltzer™ into your bottle or jar. In a moment, you'll see the mixture start bubbling and moving.
  4. Shine your flashlight through the bottle from behind and watch the magic.
  5. When the bubbling stops, just drop in another piece of Alka-Seltzer™and the show will begin again.

Remember the Lava Lamp?

Create Your Own!

Lava Lamp Recipe

​​Lava lamps have been around for decades, but they first became popular during the “psychedelic” ‘60s. Although known as a “mood light,” a lava lamp doesn’t actually cast much light at all. That doesn't matter much though, because they sure are mesmerizing and entrancing to watch. It doesn't take long at all to become hypnotized by a lava lamp's colors and shapes as they fragment, quiver, and move around.

You can still buy lava lamps today, but you don't have to go out and find one. You can make your own! The magic behind the lava lamp is simple to reproduce. The secret is based on the fact that oil and water do not mix. It’s really as simple as that. All you need are a few ingredients you may already have on hand.

To create the magic of a lava lamp yourself, follow the recipe below. 



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