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Directions: How to make your own lava lamp at home

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Adam McCosham from Great Parks of Hamilton County stopped FOX19 Tuesday morning to teach us how to make a lava lamp at home.


  • Water
  • Bottle of vegetable oil
  • Food coloring
  • Alka-Seltzer (or other fizzing tablets)
  • Flashlight


  • Pour out vegetable oil until it is about ¾ full.  Add water until it is almost full. 
  • Let the bottle stand until the water separates from the oil. 
  • Add about 12 drops of food coloring.  You can watch it slowly sink through the oil and mix with the water. 
  • Break up an Alka-Seltzer tablet into the water. 
  • Place flashlight above or below for the lamp-like effect.

Watch the video above to learn more.

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