Lava Lamp Ornaments.
Are you ready for a far out Christmas? It's time to get funky with these lava lamp Christmas ornaments. I don't know about you, but I was obsessed with lava lamps in the 90's. I personally had a neon green one. I could watch that thing for hours. I remember getting so upset when my mom would turn it off when I was gone at school. Ya ya, she wanted to save electricity, but you know, I hated waiting for it to heat up. It took forever!
Well thankfully, there is a way to make your own and holy guacamoly is it cool. It's so easy too! You only need a few items to get your lava lamp on.
Doing projects with Violet is literally my favorite thing to do and now that she is getting older the more fun we have. We get messy, we experiment and we use a LOT of glitter. As she ages, she has become so fascinated with science. She even did an after school science class where they made volcanos and learned about solar energy. I love that she's interested in always exploring the how and the why. This project was right up her alley.
My favorite part of this project was just how kid friendly it was. Violet and I had fun for over an hour making these. And if we're being honest Violet made way more than I did. The look on her face the whole time was amazing! She was wildly amused and boy was it fun to watch her ooohhh and aaahhh over her lave lamp creations. She said she felt like a scientist making potions.
Obviously we had to make a rainbow in colors for out lava lamps. We went one by one, each time adding mulitple pieces of Alka Seltzer and watching in awe as it worked its magic before sealing it up and adding it to the tree.
I bought larger bulbs to make these without thinking of their end weight with the oil and water in them. Next time I will definitely go small if we use them on the tree. They get pretty heavy so please keep that in mind. Be sure to use plastic bulbs because you don't want these to shatter and spill all over the place. Believe me you are going to want to shake these bad boys.
When the Alka Seltzer finishes doing its thing, the ornaments will stop fizzing and bubbling the colored water leaving the water on bottom and oil on top making a really cool two toned look. When you want to get things moving again just shake.
These DIY ornaments are a perfect project for kids and the sensory seeker in your life. The process is hands on and soothing to watch. Being plastic, they are also safe for the kids to just take off the tree and shake when they need. Violet's favorite is the blue one.
Well, now it's your turn! Grab a couple supplies, spin the disco ball and put on some groovy tunes. Hope you have as much fun as we did making these!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Clear plastic ornaments
- Vegetable oil
- Food Coloring
- Alka Seltzer
- Industrial strength glue
HOW TO DO IT:
1. Remove top from ornament.
2. Fill 3/4 of the ornament with vegetable oil.
3. Mix food coloring into water of desired lava color.
4. Add colored water to the ornament leaving some room at the top.
5. Break your Alka Seltzer into pieces and bombs away! Drop a few pieces into the ornament and watch the magic! Be sure not to put the top on while the Alka Seltzer is bubbling as it can build too much pressure.
6. When you are done adding Alka Seltzer and watching the mesmerizing bubbles glue your top onto the ornament. My top had little holes so I filled them with the glue and allowed them to close. This way you can shake shake shake your lava lamp.