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$5 DIY Fog Machine Adds Dirt-Cheap Ambiance to Your Halloween Party

Fog machines add a nice spooky-vibe to a Halloween celebration but they aren’t exactly cheap. This $5 hack will help you send fog spilling across your table without breaking the bank.

For the hack you’ll need a candle, a stand of some sort (they use a chemist’s ring stand), a foil tin, some water and glycerin from your local drugstore, and a pop bottle. Watch the video above to see the surprisingly simple build and the cool fog-like effect you get out of it.

5 Dollar Fog Machine [via Boing Boing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/28/11

Comments (5)

  1. Rebecca

    Is the aluminum a necessary part of the reaction? or is it simply the steaming glycerin water?

  2. Ryon

    can this be done with a crockpot? I’ve got a small one that looks like a cauldron and this would be a perfect accent to it!

  3. Andrew

    The reaction is caused by the glycerin (therefore aluminium not necessary but is a good cheap alternative to trying to clean up afterwards).

    Not sure about the crock pot – but if you just want smoke in the crockpot I would say yes should be ok (funnel/pop bottle is good on video as it lets the smoke get some height)

  4. Gulshan

    Are there any health risks with this?

  5. Andrew

    Gulshan – main hazards are setting fire to your house! or serious burns (glycerin and water are the main ingerdients in professional fog fluid so there arent any significnt ones but I do not recomend sitting and inhaling it as the glycerin can affect mucous membranes)

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