Q:

How do you make a homemade volcano?

A:

Quick Answer

Creating a homemade volcano is a simple yet rewarding science project and a great way to demonstrate the structure and function of volcanoes to kids. All you need is an empty plastic bottle, newspaper, a small funnel, white craft glue, baking soda, orange or red food coloring, black or brown paint, and white vinegar.

Know More
How do you make a homemade volcano?
Credit: Jamie Grill Photography Getty Images

Full Answer

  1. Cut the newspaper

    Cut the newspaper into strips. The amount you need depends on the size of the volcano.

  2. Mix the paper mache solution

    In a bowl or plastic container, mix the glue and water at a one-to-one ratio. It should form a slightly watery mixture.

  3. Build the volcano

    Stand the empty water bottle up on a flat and washable surface such as a baking sheet. Dip strips of newspaper in the glue mixture and wrap them around the water bottle. You want to completely cover the water bottle and allow the bottom to be wider than the top. This process can be sped up by adding thick layers of painter's or duct tape around the bottom of the bottle.

  4. Paint the volcano

    After the paper mache has dried, paint it so it resembles a volcano. All shades of brown, grey and black work well.

  5. Create the lava

    Once the paint is dry, you can finally make the volcano erupt. Place the small funnel into the opening at the top of the volcano. Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of baking soda into the bottle. Next, mix red or orange food coloring into 1 cup of vinegar to create the color of the lava. Pour the vinegar into the volcano and watch it explode! The volcano erupts very quickly, so as you pour the vinegar you must quickly pull the funnel away.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    How do you make a working model of a volcano?

    A:

    One of the simplest working models of a volcano involves the use of baking soda and vinegar. The biggest benefit of the volcano is that simulates a volcanic eruption and it uses materials that aren't toxic.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you make homemade slime?

    A:

    Homemade slime is typically made of craft glue, food coloring, water and Borax powder. It's also possible to make slime from different ingredients, such as liquid starch, powdered fiber or cornstarch. The following instructions are for traditional slime.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you make homemade instruments?

    A:

    Gather materials from your kitchen, bathroom and craft cupboard, and add some imagination to make homemade musical instruments. Turn an oatmeal box or coffee can into a drum, a comb covered with tissue paper into a kazoo, paper plates and jingle bells into tambourines and paper tower rolls, waxed paper and rubber bands into horns.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you make a structure out of toothpicks?

    A:

    Making a structure out of toothpicks can be an entertaining way to practice some basic architecture and design your own models. To build toothpick structures you need toothpicks and some kind of glue or other material to affix them. Depending on how complicated your structure is, the process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore