Science, Tech, Math › Science Fun Fire Projects Quick, Easy or Spectacular Fire Projects Share Flipboard Email Print Science Chemistry Activities for Kids Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated July 03, 2019 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. Green Fire 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. Handheld Fireballs 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. Safe Smoke Bomb 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. Chemical 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. Homemade Sparklers 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. Breathe Fire 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. Burning Money 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, which is great because burning money is illegal. If you're lucky, you will get to keep the money as a reward for the cool trick. Burning Ice 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! Black Snakes 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. Fountain Firework 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. 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. Citrus 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. Rainbow Flames 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. 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. Fire Tornado 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! The natural phenomenon can be over a kilometer high. Green Fire Whirlwind 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. Safe Barking Dog Reaction - Fire Bottle 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. Use a Crayon as a Candle 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. Make a Candle from an Orange 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. Disclaimer Please be advised that the content provided by our website is for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. Fireworks and the chemicals contained within them are dangerous and should always be handled with care and used with common sense. By using this website you acknowledge that ThoughtCo., its parent About, Inc. (a/k/a Dotdash), and IAC/InterActive Corp. shall have no liability for any damages, injuries, or other legal matters caused by your use of fireworks or the knowledge or application of the information on this website. The providers of this content specifically do not condone using fireworks for disruptive, unsafe, illegal, or destructive purposes. 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