Retro Lava Lamp

Take a trip back in time and create this Retro Lava Lamp craft! Remember those funky lamps from the 60s and 70s? Now you can make your own to add a touch of nostalgia to your space. It’s a fun craft that’s sure to bring some groovy charm to any room.

Retro Lava Lamp

Skill Level


Time to Make

20 minutes. Adult supervision needed.

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Firstly, trim 2 paper cups to approximately 6cm in height, you may need to adapt this depending on the width of your bottle.
  2. Then using the template, draw and cut out cup coverings and lava lamp lid from gold glitter card. Draw and cut out the circles from cardboard.
  3. Stick the coverings to the cups, then stick the edges of the lava lamp lid together.
  4. Stick the cardboard on the bottom of the cups and then stick the cups on top of each other.
  5. Set aside to dry.
  6. Fill the bottle halfway with baby oil.
  7. Add water until the bottle is approximately ¾ full. Remember to not fill the bottle right to the top as the liquid may spill when activated.
  8. Add your choice of coloured food colouring.
  9. Then, sprinkle iridescent glitter into the bottle. You can make a funnel using paper to help direct the glitter into the bottle.
  10. Place the bottle onto the lava lamp stand.
  11. Next, break an Alka-Seltzer tablet into smaller pieces and drop them into the bottle.
  12. Lastly, place your glitter card lid on top.
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Top Tip

Alternatively, to baby oil you can use vegetable oil.



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