How to Make a Volcano with a Film Canister for a Science Fair Project

So you want to make the clich├ęd Science Fair volcano. Whether it's just for fun or for a project, these are not that hard to make-when you know how. Otherwise, it's a complete disaster.

Steps

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    Using the scissors, cut off the top of the 1 liter (0.3 US gal) bottle.
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    Duct tape the bottle to the cardboard.
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    Take the chicken wire, and wrap it in the desired volcano shape around the bottle.
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    Mix the water and glue together until it is a runny, sticky, mess.
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    Rip the newspaper into 1" by 5" pieces.
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    Coat each newspaper strip with the glue-water mixture.
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    Lay the strips of newspaper on the chicken wire, overlapping them until they completely cover the entire structure.
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    Repeat the above step until there are 5 or 6 layers.
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    Wait for about 24 hours to make sure this is dry.
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    Paint the paper-mache volcano with your brown paint.
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    Wait 24 hours for this to dry.
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    Place the film canister into the plastic bottle in the center of the volcano.
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    If the plastic bottle is too big, stuff the extra space with leftover newspapers.
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    Mix the soap and baking soda in the film canister, and add the red food coloring.
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    Add a cup of vinegar and take cover!

Things You'll Need

  • 35mm Film Canister
  • Newspaper
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Chicken Wire
  • Plastic 1 liter (0.3 US gal) Bottle
  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Brown Paint
  • Red Food Coloring
  • 1 Tablespoon of Soap
  • 2 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup of Vinegar

Article Info

Categories: Science for Kids