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Earlier this year, I saw the coolest thing on Pinterest. I wanted so badly to try it out. I was so curious and I knew my kids would love it. Because who in the world wouldn’t want to try their hand at DIY crochet reusable water balloons?!
Only thing was, it was the very beginning of January, and was probably the coldest day of the year. We were doing everything possible to stay warm.
Flash forward six or seven months to the summer. One of the absolute worst Italy has seen in a long time. Months straight of heat and humidity with virtually no rain. So, we were doing the exact opposite, doing everything possible to stay cool.
At this point, crochet water balloons were sounding even more amazing.
Because everyone loves a good water balloon fight, right? But nobody likes having to go around picking up all the bits of rubber from the broken balloons. And think of all that non-recyclable waste! It drives me nuts!
That’s the genius in this crochet water balloon design by Left in Knots! They avoid all that! You don’t actually fill them up as you would with a classic balloon. You just put them all in a bucket of water and the yarn fibers soak up the water. Throw them at your opponents, then pop them back in the water when they need another soak, and throw them again!
You use the same balloons over and over again, so no waste and no broken pieces of latex to clean up!
When you’re done, just give the balloons a rinse off and air dry them. You can also machine wash and dry them! They flatten out nicely so they don’t take up too much storage space, either.
Let me tell you a little more about my experience making these crochet reusable water balloons.
Making the balloons
These crochet water balloons are made with a super bulky weight polyester yarn. Normally I avoid using synthetic fibers, but in this case it was important for making balloons that could soak up but not retain the water in the fibers, all the while staying relatively lightweight.
I stuck with the designer’s suggestions and used Bernat Blanket Brights yarn and the Clover Amour 9 mm hook*. I used the following yarn colors:
- Bernat Blanket Brights Racecar Red*
- Bernat Blanket Brights Carrot Orange*
- Bernat Blanket Brights Royal Blue*
- Bernat Blanket Stripes in Fruit Punch* (this last one I wound up into balls of the four different colors as Megan suggested doing here)
This way I was able to get each main color of the rainbow, plus pink. Each of the single color skeins made 6-7 balloons and each color of the Blanket Stripes roll made 3-4 balloons. I ended up with a LOT of balloons, but I gave a way a bunch as gifts and will be using them as party favors for my daughter’s birthday pool party tomorrow, too.
They are really fast to work up, too (about 15-20 minutes per balloon), so I mass produced them while watching movies with my kids.
The original instructions started with a magic circle, but I decided to use the updated instructions that start with chain 3. I agree with Megan that the yarn will snap if pulled too much, so I avoided the magic circle.
Whichever method you use, you start at the very top of the balloon and work your way down to the bottom.
At the bottom is the flared part that looks like the opening in a real balloon. At first it doesn’t look that similar to a balloon (on the left above), but after you tie off and make a knot around it (on the right above) it looks a LOT like a balloon!
Pretty realistic, right?
I loved making a whole rainbow of balloons!
Plus some striped balloons with the leftover yarn. My kids loved those!
Using the crochet reusable water balloons
Fill up a bucket or other container with water and drop the balloons into it. I suggest having one bucket per water balloon fight participant. The balloons soak up the water, at which point you just grab one out and throw it!
(As Megan said in her tutorials, you should take the same precautions that you would in a normal water balloon fight, and not throw them in people’s faces.)
Even if you aren’t filling the inside of the balloon, the fibers soak up a lot of water, making for a very satisfying splash!
Even just dropping them on the ground makes the most satisfying plop sound and splash!
Aren’t those awesome?! Seriously, I love these things and everyone who has seen them has been totally amazed and anxious to try them out! They are such a great gift that is quick and easy to work up, but I promise that you’ll want a bunch of them for yourself, too!
Want more great summer ideas to keep cool? Then check out the other posts in the Cucicucicoo Guide to Beating the Summer Heat!
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