Saturday, May 17, 2014

DIY Summer Water Blob

I've been wanting to make one of these water blobs ever since I saw it on Pinterest a couple of years ago. Well, I finally made one.

Let me start by saying that I did not come up with this idea (obviously), and I made this water blob based on the tutorial I found over at Homemade Toast. So feel free to use my tutorial or her's as they are pretty much identical.

What you'll need:
  • 4 mil plastic sheeting. I used some my husband had at his shop, but you can also get it at most hardware/paint stores or HERE.  (I used a 10x25' roll and cut a piece that was 10x20')
  • iron and ironing board (although I mostly just put the iron over my carpet)
  • parchment paper (and something to mark it with like a marker and straight edge)
  • Duct tape (to seal the hole for the hose)
  • light blue food coloring (optional)
 Fold your piece of plastic in half and line up the cut edges. This made my 10x20' piece, 10x10'.
Make sure you have a large area to work with, as this covers a huge space.

Take about a 2' piece of parchment paper and fold it in half. 
Then make a mark, 2" in, along the folded side. This will be a guide for sealing the plastic.
Begin with the plastic opposite of its fold and open your parchment paper and fold it over the plastic (as shown above).
Next run a hot iron slowly over your parchment paper to create a 2" seal. 
Don't let the iron sit on any one spot for too long or it will melt the plastic and cause holes.
DO NOT LET THE IRON TOUCH THE PLASTIC or you'll have quite a mess. Make sure to use the parchment paper to seal the plastic edges. 

Let the parchment paper cool before removing it. Your plastic should be sealed, but if you see it's not quite sealed all the way, repeat the iron process over any unsealed areas. 
Iron all around the cut edges until everything is sealed except for the last few inches before the fold on one side. 
Leave this open, as this is where the hose will go.

Make sure to pick a flat area of the yard to lay out your plastic, and begin filling it with water.
I propped up the one corner a bit so water wouldn't come rushing back out when it was about to be full.

About half way through, I put some food coloring inside to give the blob it's pretty blue color.
It took about 30 minutes or so to completely fill. 

When full, turn off the water and seal the last corner shut with Duct tape. Make sure it's well sealed.

Then let the fun begin!

*Now I did have a few tiny leaks, so you really have to make sure you sealed all of the edges properly. I put some Duct tape over any leaks and that seemed to do the trick.

The whole project took about an hour from start to finish (blob filled and ready to go). For not a lot of money and not a ton of time, you can create hours of fun for your babies (or even yourself lol)

Now go have some fun!

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