You’ve probably been seeing those huge water pillows or water blobs on Pinterest and thought, gee, those could never work! That’s what I thought, too. So, of course, I had to put it to the test. Yup, I made one of my own. It worked great and it only cost around $6 to make. Here’s how I did it.
What You Need
- Clear plastic painter’s tarp (I used a 6×10 feet tarp, but any size will work)
- Wax paper
- Duct tap
- Blue food coloring
- Tarp (optional)
- Water hose
- Unfold the painter’s tarp and then fold it in half.
- Fold the edges over 4 inches to create a “hem” for the edge of the water pillow. You can hold the hem in place with little pieces of duct tape here and there. Folding over the plastic first instead of just melting the edges together will make the water pillow sturdier.
- Cover a small section of the hem with wax paper.
- Turn your iron to medium heat or the “rayon” setting and let the iron warm up.
- Hold the iron down on the wax paper for 10 seconds.
- Lift off the wax paper and make sure that the edges of the plastic are melted together.
- Use the iron to seal all of the edges together. Leave a two inch opening in the hem. This will be where the water hose is inserted.
- Tape around the hole to make it a little more durable.
- Take the water pillow outside and gather some little helpers. I covered the ground with a tarp to insure that no little rocks or anything would poke the water pillow. You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to.
- Pour blue food coloring into the water pillow. I used the whole bottle. (Wouldn’t this be a cool Halloween decoration if you used red food coloring? It would look like a giant organ!)
- Push the end of your hose into the water pillow so that there is about 1 foot of hose inside the plastic.
- Turn on the hose and fill the water pillow halfway with water. Too much water will put too much stress on the plastic.
- Pull the hose out of the pillow and tape the hole shut with duct tape.
- Cover the top of the water pillow with water and get to playing!
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