The first time
I spotted the Water Blob on Pinterest I nearly squealed with excitement! A water blob, also known as a redneck waterbed, is a plastic bubble filled with water that kids can run and play all over. This do it yourself project is so great for summer outdoor fun.
Make Your Own Water Blob
What You Need
- Plastic Sheeting (we used a 10′ x 25′ sheet that was .4ml thick)
- Duct Tape
- Water hose
What You Do
First, find the flattest piece of ground you have in your yard. I mean it! Don’t take our warning lightly. If your water blob is lying on uneven ground it will roll and it won’t fill evenly.
Once you have found level ground you can lay out your plastic sheeting and fold in half.
Now you will use the Duct Tape to seal the edges closed. I suggest using high quality duct tape and using a lot of it! You are trying to create a seal. Any area that is not completely closed will leak water right away.
Before you completely seal up the end of the third side you will want to insert your water hose. Duct tape around the hose to create a seal.
Double check all of your seams and that the plastic sheeting is where you want it in your yard (level ground). If all is good then begin filling it up with water!
This part takes a long time. We spent about an hour taping up the plastic and another hour filling it up!
As the water blob begins to fill you will want to check the seams once in a while for leaks. Understand that leaks will and are going to happen. So, if it is only trickling out then I suggest just letting it be.
Once the blob was filled we let the kids pile on top. There were 8 kids playing on the water blob!
This is where Cassie and I began wondering how long the Water Blob would hold up. Other bloggers said their kids played on their redneck waterbed for hours. We, Cassie more than I, were skeptics. We weren’t so sure this would really hold up that long. We had a lot of leaks very early on. We also noticed the plastic was weak! The kids were leaving knee marks in the plastic sheeting.
We used plastic sheeting that was 4ml thick. If I were to do this again, I would have paid a little more to have had thicker plastic. After maybe 20 minutes of eight kids playing on the water blob we had our first major leak. It wasn’t from the tape like we had expected, it was from a knee weakening the plastic. But in all honesty. It seemed as though that was when the real fun began. The kids were soaking wet and loving it!
Remember it took an hour to fill up, so there is plenty of water inside!!
The kids played for another hour before the water was drained out enough that there really wasn’t much left of the water blob.
Is the Water Blob Worth It?
Although I had hoped for longer play time and I also did not expect the prep time to take nearly as long. This was still so very worth it!!!
Also, you can add things like glitter and/or food coloring to the inside of the plastic before sealing up for even more fun.
I will be doing this again this summer! This time I will be using thicker plastic though.
My cost was fair. The plastic was on sale for $6.99 and the Duct Tape was $5 (and I only used half the roll).
I think browsing through these photos of our kids making lasting child-hood memories will show you why this Water blob was worth it!
You should never leave your children unattended while doing the Water blob.
Also, Once the holes were in the plastic a few of the kids tried to rip them bigger. So take extra care to make sure your children do not get into any of the knee holes.