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How to make a Volcano - Easy Erupting Volcano for Science project

Updated on August 15, 2012
Making  an Erupting Volcano
Making an Erupting Volcano | Source

Here is a way to make a erupting volcano model for your school science project . The method used in this article is the simplest of all , low cost and less time consuming.

You'd be guided step by step along with a relevant picture. I've also made a video of the whole process which you can find at the end of the article.

Do drop a comment if you try this method. Let me know if it helped you.

Lets get to work .

To make the volcano you'll need

  • 1 Strong Card board, 60" x 60"
  • 1 Roll of medical bandage
  • 1 Empty plastic bottle
  • 1 Paint brush, of any size
  • Some glue
  • Few drops of soap solution
  • 2 table spoons of vinegar
  • 1/2 glass of water
  • 1 roll of tape
  • Brown water color
  • 1 table spoon of baking soda
  • A pinch of orange food color, diluted in water
  • 1 thermocol sheet, 15" x 15"
  • 1 bunch of old newspaper

Instructions for making the Volcano

  • Use the cardboard as the base of the volcano. Place it on the table or floor.
  • Cut the thermocol sheet into a circle.
  • Place the bottle over the thermocol sheet and draw the outline of the bottle on it.

Step 1 to make a volcano
Step 1 to make a volcano | Source
  • Cut along the drawn outline .
  • Insert the bottle into the so formed hole.

Step 2 of making a volcano
Step 2 of making a volcano | Source
  • Crush the newspapers .
  • Tape them to the cardboard one over the other to form half of a pyramid shape.

Step 3  of making a volcano
Step 3 of making a volcano | Source
  • Place the thermocol sheet (with the bottle inserted) on the half constructed pyramid.
  • Cover the whole bottle with paper to form the rest of the pyramid shape .

Step 4 in making the volcano
Step 4 in making the volcano | Source
Step 5 in making the volcano
Step 5 in making the volcano | Source
  • Apply glue throughout the volcano.
  • Stick the medical bandage all over the volcano to hide the paper.

Step 6 to make volcano
Step 6 to make volcano | Source
  • Paint the volcano with brown water color.

Step 7 to make a volcano
Step 7 to make a volcano | Source
  • To make the volcano erupt , take half a glass of water.
  • Add diluted food color , 2 tbsp of baking soda and few drops of soap solution.
  • Stir this mixture well.
  • Pour this solution into the bottle i.e ., inside the volcano.

Step 8 to make a volcano
Step 8 to make a volcano | Source
  • For erupting the volcano pour about 2 tbsp of vinegar into the bottle containing the pre-prepared solution.

Step 9 to make a volcano
Step 9 to make a volcano | Source

Tadan !! We'r done .

See the volcano erupt like real.

Here is the final erupting volcano
Here is the final erupting volcano | Source

A Short Video Showing How to Make a Volcano

Is this not easy and economical ?

All the best for your project .

Comment below with your views and ideas . Good day !


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    • Preethi Anusha profile imageAUTHOR

      Preethi Anusha 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad , India


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      5 years ago

      coke cola plus mentos , you will see the incredible eruption !! have fun

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      5 years ago

      thanks for your help hope I get a A and if I don't u gonna regret it never mind cuz I found something better or I might just use it I really don't know

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      sonam dangi 

      5 years ago

      This is very easy to make thanks

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      6 years ago

      so nice i liked it very much

      its very useful for me

      i was searching for this thing only

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      6 years ago

      The article is found to be quite informative and thought provoking. I hope that you can provide more such articles in future also

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      6 years ago

      very nice.awesome. you are so beautiful

    • Preethi Anusha profile imageAUTHOR

      Preethi Anusha 

      7 years ago from Hyderabad , India

      Thank you Twinkle . You can make a larger one with the same procedure .. you just have to replace the small bottle with a larger one and you are done

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      7 years ago

      hi it so supperrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr but so small

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      7 years ago

      wowwwwwww .. well thought and captured .. gr8 job .. thanks so much ..

    • Preethi Anusha profile imageAUTHOR

      Preethi Anusha 

      7 years ago from Hyderabad , India

      Glad that this helped you Csheeshey :-)

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      7 years ago

      This was perfect! It was so helpful when making my 8-year-old son's volcano science project with very short notice. Very informative & excellent use of pictures & video for visual guides. Low-cost, easy, & quick!!! Can't thank u enough for the help!!!

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      Preethi Anusha 

      8 years ago from Hyderabad , India

      Thank you so much .

      Glad you all found it useful .

    • Jasnav profile image


      8 years ago

      Interesting hub!

      Good for making kids projects - I especially like the actual erupting part.

      Keep posting!

    • naeemebrahimjee profile image


      8 years ago from London

      This is a great hub! Good to keep in mind when it's the kids turn to make this for science class......

    • Lady_E profile image


      8 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting. The Instructions are very clear and the photo's help. So useful for this long summer holiday that kids have.

      Thanks for sharing.


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