Smoke Bomb Recipes

How to Make Smoke Bombs

Smoke bombs are easy to make with household ingredients.
Smoke bombs are easy to make with household ingredients. kayla varley / Getty Images

Smoke bombs are easy and fun to make and light. There are several types of smoke bombs you can make, plus you can use the smoke bomb recipe as a starting point for other types of pyrotechnic devices. Try these recipes for making your own smoke bombs.

A simple homemade smoke bomb only requires two ingredients to make.
A simple homemade smoke bomb only requires two ingredients to make. Matt Carr / Getty Images

The classic smoke bomb uses two simple ingredients. A nitrate produces the smoke, while sugar serves as fuel.

Sometimes it's easier to print off instructions and follow those, much like reading a recipe while cooking. Here are some step-by-step instructions for making the classic smoke bomb. You can vary the ratio of the ingredients to get more smoke or more flame, as you prefer. The flames from this smoke bomb are purple! More »

Colored smoke bombs work by dispersing dye into the air.
Colored smoke bombs work by dispersing dye into the air. Paolo Cipriani / Getty Images

Colored smoke is easy to make and requires few ingredients. Basically, all you do is add a special dye to any other smoke bomb recipe. The dye doesn't burn to produce the smoke. Instead, it's vaporized to produce the color. It's not a difficult effect, but only certain chemicals work. Here's a list of some colored smoke formulations to try. More »

You can make a fountain firework using the homemade smoke bomb recipe.
You can make a fountain firework using the homemade smoke bomb recipe. Srividya Vanamamalai / EyeEm / Getty Images

Kick the traditional smoke bomb recipe up a notch to make a firework fountain that shoots purple flames with lots of smoke. The fountain effect comes from controlling the ratio of ingredients and slightly pressurizing the mixture by enclosing it in a cardboard or paper tube or cone. This is a fun and easy homemade firework project. More »

You only need sugar and potassium nitrate to make a simple smoke bomb.
You only need sugar and potassium nitrate to make a simple smoke bomb. Anne Helmenstine

A classic smoke bomb is easy to make and safe to use, but you can make the project even safer if you don't heat the ingredients. Instead, they are mixed by dissolving them together in a small amount of water. This type of smoke bomb requires time to dry before you can light it. Here's what you do. More »

Ping Pong Ball Smoke Bomb
Ping Pong Ball Smoke Bomb. kayla varley, Getty Images

You don't need chemicals to make a homemade smoke bomb. If you have a ping pong ball and a lighter, that's all you need! A ping pong ball burns to produce smoke because it's made of nitrocellulose. The flame pattern as the ball burns may be even more fascinating than the smoke that is produced. More »

This homemade smoke bomb is easy to make and only requires two ingredients.
This homemade smoke bomb is easy to make and only requires two ingredients. Anne Helmenstine
Smoke bombs are the easiest and safest do-it-yourself firework project. You only need two inexpensive, non-toxic ingredients and it only takes minutes to make up a batch of smoke bombs. Watch and learn how you can cook up a smoke bomb at home. More »
Metal salts can produce colored sparks or flames.
Metal salts can produce colored sparks or flames. Olaf Broders / Getty Images

Adding common metal salts to your smoke bomb recipe will produce colored fire. You can even produce sparks or stars. These recipes still produce white smoke. If you want colored smoke with colored flames, combine the two sets of techniques. More »

Lighting a smoke bomb from a store is easy.
Lighting a smoke bomb from a store is easy. Don Nichols / Getty Images

Once you have a smoke bomb, you need to know how to light it safely. If you add a fuse, which you can get from a fireworks store or sporting supply store, you can use a lighter. However, you can make a smoke bomb without a fuse. It's still easy to light. Here's what you do. More »

There are different ways to produce smoke.
There are different ways to produce smoke. Grove Pashley / Getty Images

There's more than one way to make a smoke bomb. Here's a collection of recipes, so you can make a device using the materials you have on hand. More »