Fire and Flames Projects

Do you want to play with fire? This is a collection of science projects involving fire, including how to color fire, fire magic tricks, and interesting chemistry demonstrations involving fire and flames.



Instant Fire Chemical Reaction (deradrian)
Make instant fire using sugar, potassium chlorate, and sulfuric acid. No matches or flame is needed for this exciting chemistry demonstration! Instant Fire Materials You only need three chemicals for this reaction: Potassium chlorate Granulated table sugar – sucrose Sulfuric acid Perform the Instant Fire Demonstration You can do this […]

Instant Fire Demonstration


Rainbow Fire Pumpkin
Looking for an over-the-top science-y Halloween jack o’ lantern? Here’s my favorite… a carved pumpkin that’s both covered in colored flames and shoots fire from every orifice. The colors work much like the analytical chemistry flame test in which heated ions release a characteristic spectrum of light. Materials Real Pumpkin […]

Rainbow Flames Halloween Jack o’ Lantern




Burning Dandelions (Anne Helmenstine)
I continued my experimentation into the colors of flames produced by dandelions with a bouquet of ‘wishes’ or seed heads. In Nebraska, dandelions are used for dandelion wine, but mainly are a weed. No one objected to getting the flowers cleared out their yard. Actually, I suspect they were glad […]

Burning Bouquet of Dandelions




Green Fire Tornado
Make a green fire tornado using common household materials. It’s easy to do and looks amazing! Green Fire Tornado Materials lazy susan turntable (found this one at Bed Bath & Beyond) – [Non-Skid Cabinet Turntable, 9-Inch at Amazon] mesh waste basket that fits on the turntable (also found at Bed Bath […]

How to Make a Green Fire Tornado



Black Snake Firework (Anne Helmenstine)
Black snake fireworks are small, non-exploding fireworks that you ignite to push out a growing column of black ash. While you can buy these fireworks, they are easy to make using kitchen ingredients and a fuel. Materials You only need a few common household chemical for making black snake fireworks: […]

Homemade Black Snake Fireworks