How to Make a Mist Maker

Written by elizabeth hannigan
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How to Make a Mist Maker
You can create your own creepy mist. (Richard Newstead/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Whether you are building a haunted house of your own or throwing a heavy metal concert in your backyard, you can create your own spooky and mysterious mist at home. You don't need any special skills as a chemist or engineer. You can probably make your mist maker with a few things you already own and some dry ice. Your mist is completely safe to breathe and can last for a couple hours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Dry ice
  • Gloves
  • Plastic tub
  • Space heater
  • Fan

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  1. 1

    Buy some dry ice from a dry ice supplier (online or in person), or from a grocery store, butcher, ice cream shop, home improvement store or fishing shop. You'll have to ask an employee for help; it's not the type of product you'll see in the aisles. You must be 18 years old to buy dry ice.

  2. 2

    Dump the dry ice into the plastic tub after putting on gloves. Do not touch dry ice with your bare hands. The dry ice can burn if you get it on your skin, so be careful.

  3. 3

    Place the tub on the ground near the area you want to fill with mist, off to the side a bit. You will notice that the dry ice is already creating a bit of mist when it comes into contact with the air.

  4. 4

    Place a small space heater on low setting next to the dry ice tub. This will provide some warm air to create a thick mist.

  5. 5

    Place a fan behind the space heater, pointed over the dry ice in the direction you want the mist to spread. Turn the fan on the lowest setting--otherwise, it will blow too hard and your mist will get blown away instead of settling.

Tips and warnings

  • Move the heater further away from the dry ice if you are getting too much mist. If you're getting too little, turn the heater up a bit. If the mist is blowing right past the area you want to fill instead of settling, move the fan further back from the heater.
  • Don't touch the dry ice.

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