Fun Fire Projects

Quick, Easy or Spectacular Fire Projects

This is a collection of my favorite fun fire projects. These fire projects are my favorites because they are quick, easy, or produce spectacular or unusual flames.

Spinning Steel Wool Sparkler
Spinning Steel Wool Sparkler. Lexi Freeman, Flickr Creative Commons

Here's a nice example of burning metal creating a spectacular sparkler effect. Got steel wool? You can make a spinning sparkler! It's a terrific example of an oxidation chemical reaction. More »

Green fire is easy to make and doesn't require any hard-to-find chemicals.
Green fire is easy to make and doesn't require any hard-to-find chemicals. Anne Helmenstine

Of all the fire projects, this is my favorite, or at least the one I do the most often at home. It only requires a couple of easy-to-find ingredients and it just looks very cool. More »

Fireball
Fireball. Anne Helmenstine

These are fireballs that are cool enough to hold in your hand. I am not coordinated enough to juggle them without setting myself and others on fire, but if I could juggle, I would likely use these. More »

Most smoke bombs produce white smoke.
Most smoke bombs produce white smoke. Anne Helmenstine

Technically, this is a smoke project, but it produces a purple flame. This is a popular project because it makes colored fire and lots of smoke. This version is also very safe to make and use. More »

Fire
Fire. Victor Jesus, stock.xchng

You don't need matches or a lighter to start a fire, providing you know which chemicals to mix. Here are four methods of producing fire from chemical reactions. More »

Sparklers are a type of firework that produces a shower of glittery sparks, but does not explode.
Sparklers are a type of firework that produces a shower of glittery sparks, but does not explode. Simon Battensby, Getty Images

Making a sparkler is very easy, but you may need to order the chemicals. As far as pyrotechnic and firework projects go, this is one of the safest. You can make colored sparklers as easily as the usual kind. More »

Eric is breathing a fireball, the most common shape formed during firebreathing.
Eric is breathing a fireball, the most common shape formed during firebreathing. Anne Helmenstine

Firebreathing involves breathing a fine mist of fuel over an open flame to form a fireball. It's the most stunning fire trick and potentially the riskiest since most fire-breathing involves using a flammable, toxic fuel. Here are instructions for a safer form of fire-breathing, using a non-flammable, non-toxic fuel that you have in your kitchen. More »

In the burning money demonstration, paper currency is on fire yet is not consumed by the flames.
In the burning money demonstration, paper currency is on fire yet is not consumed by the flames. ICHIRO, Getty Images

This project is fun. You take someone's money and set it on fire. The flames won't consume the bills. If you're lucky, you will get to keep the money as a reward for the cool trick. More »

Flaming ice cube.
Flaming ice cube. Diamond Sky Images, Getty Images

Do you think it's possible to make ice burn? It is, but there is a trick to it! More »

Black snakes or glow worms are a basic non-explosive type of firework.
Black snakes or glow worms are a basic non-explosive type of firework. Anne Helmenstine

Black snakes or glow worms are commonly sold with fireworks. You light them on fire and they grow into long snakes of black ash. This is another project that you can do yourself easily and safely. More »

Firework Fountain. Phil Dolby/Flickr

You can make a (non-exploding) fountain firework using two non-toxic ingredients. The fountain shoots purple flames and releases a lot of smoke. More »

It's easy to make colored fire pinecones.
It's easy to make colored fire pinecones. Anne Helmenstine

It only takes a few seconds to prepare a pinecone so that it will burn with a multicolored flame. The best part? All that's required is an easy-to-find, inexpensive chemical. More »

Squeeze citrus oil onto a flame for a bright flash of fire.
Squeeze citrus oil onto a flame for a bright flash of fire. Anne Helmenstine

All you need is an orange or other citrus fruit and a candle. I like this project because you get to play with your food and fire at the same time. I consider this one safe enough for most kids to try. More »

Sprinkling boric acid onto gel fuel produces a rainbow-colored flame.
Sprinkling boric acid onto gel fuel produces a rainbow-colored flame. Anne Helmenstine

Create a long-lasting rainbow flame using a household chemical and commercial gel fuel used for candles and fire pots. This project works with scented insect repellent gel fuel, too. More »

This is an example of fire writing.
Use an invisible ink to leave a message. Reveal the message by touching a flame to the edge of the writing, causing it to burn away in smoldering flame. The paper is left untouched, except for the fire writing. Anne Helmenstine

Reveal a hidden message by causing it to burst into flame. This is a simple fire project that is easy to perform and yields reliable results. More »

A Fire Tornado in a Santa Ana Wildfire in 2008. David McNew/Getty Images News

Examine how tornadoes form and play with fire at the same time! ​This fire tornado is a tabletop version of the natural phenomenon, which can be over a kilometer high. More »

It's easy to make your own fire tornado or fire whirl.
It's easy to make your own fire tornado or fire whirl. Add a bit of boric acid, borax or copper sulfate to turn the flames vivid green. Anne Helmenstine

This twister is like the regular tabletop fire tornado or whirlwind, except the flames are green! The green fire whirlwind is a simple and memorable project and demonstration. More »

This simple fire bottle has the light and sound of the Barking Dog reaction.
This simple fire bottle has the light and sound of the Barking Dog reaction, without requiring expensive glassware or chemicals. Anne Helmenstine

Expect the flash of light and barking sound of the Barking Dog reaction, except this project uses safe and easy-to-find household chemicals! Plus, you can color the reaction to suit your needs and preferences. More »

You can use a crayon as a candle. The paper acts as a wick for the crayon wax.
You can use a crayon as a candle. The paper acts as a wick for the crayon wax. Anne Helmenstine
If you run out of candles during a power outage or zombie apocalypse, you can always burn crayons as emergency candles. The paper acts as a wick for the wax. Each crayon burns for a half an hour or longer, depending on the brand of crayon and air circulation. More »
This natural candle consists of a clementine rind with olive oil.
This natural candle consists of a clementine rind with olive oil. Anne Helmenstine

If you have an orange or any other citrus fruit, you can use it to make a candle. Save the peel and find some vegetable oil. More »

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