How to Make a Glitter Lamp


Glitter lamps are fun and easy to make. The popularity of glitter lava lamps first grew in the 1960s, during the psychedelic era. You can purchase a lava lamp at many stores, but it is simple to create your own. This way, you can customize your colors, container and amount of glitter that you use. You will need some simple household ingredients to create your glitter lamp. If you are a child, enlist the help of an adult before you attempt this project.

Things You'll Need

  • Transparent plastic or glass container with lid
  • Vegetable oil
  • Food coloring
  • Lamp-wiring kit
  • Lightbulb
  • Alka-Seltzer tab

Making the Glitter Lamp

  • Fill a clear plastic or glass bottle about 3/4 of the way up with vegetable oil, and fill the rest of the bottle with tap or bottled water.

  • Add 15 drops of any food coloring to your container. Shake a container of glitter, or as much glitter as you want, into the jar.

  • Divide an Alka-Seltzer tab into four sections, slowly dropping each section into the jar.

  • Replace the cap on your container when the fizzing stops. Your glitter lamp is complete.

  • Slowly rock the lamp from side to side to watch the colored oil and glitter float around.

Adding Electricity

  • Purchase a lamp-wiring kit at a hardware store. It comes with a lamp socket, plug and lamp cord.

  • Mount the lamp socket onto your glitter lamp and glue it down.

  • Thread the wire through the socket and attach the plug to it.

  • Attach a lampshade to your glitter lamp and insert a lightbulb.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try experimenting with different colors and containers.
  • Glue down the cap so that no fluid leaks out.

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