Summer is here and that means hot weather! Enter the fun way to cool off on a hot day — water balloons! Make our easy DIY water balloon filler station and our easy way to tie balloons so the kids can fill them, themselves! #MomWin
Bring on the fun summer activities! Water is always a go-to when it's hot outside, especially if you need to get some energy out of those crazy kids! Water balloons are always a win, but it's not always so fun when they're using them quicker than you can fill them. Not anymore, mama!
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Enter the gals from Find It Make It Love It to share their super cheap, easy, and clever DIY water balloon filler station idea using…wait for it…empty shampoo and soap bottles! Seriously, this will change your life this summer. You're welcome. 😉
Summer is here: Fun, busy, and HOT. One of our kids' favorite summer activities is playing with water balloons. Typically, playing with water balloons means TONS of time for mom filling and tying…then the kids show up and it's over in about three minutes flat. We had to find a better way! That's why we came up with our water balloon filler station that works like a champ.
HOW TO MAKE WATER BALLOON FILLER PUMPS
We took empty pump dispensers, rinsed them, and filled them with water. They work perfectly as water balloon pumps! You can use anything from shampoo and conditioner bottles to hand sanitizer and bubble bath bottles. Anything works, as long as it has a pump!
The kids can easily fill the balloons themselves and they love it! Plus, when you make your own water balloon filler station, they can tie the balloons by themselves as well. Talk about a major parenting win!
HOW TO MAKE THE WATER BALLOON FILLER STATION
This is a simple project, but does require using a couple of power tools. Nothing you can't handle!
- 2 boards (about 6″ by 12″-ours were scraps from the garage.)
- 3/4 PVC pipe
- Wood glue
- 2 screws
- Paint (optional)
First, use a jigsaw to cut about two inches into the PVC pipe, right down the middle.
Next, turn the pipe and cut halfway into it, just to the existing cut.
Then, cut the PVC piece to about four inches long, total. It will look like this:
If it's pretty rough-looking, like ours, then use some sand paper to smooth it down a bit.
Next, use a 3/4-inch drill bit to drill two holes for the PVC piece to fit in. You'll have to wiggle the drill around a little to get the hole big enough to fit the PVC.
Use wood glue to attach the PVC pieces into the holes. Then, use wood glue in addition to screws to attach the wood pieces together. (We used an extra piece of wood here to help stabilize while we drilled in the screws.)
The two pieces will end up like this:
Last, give it a quick coat of paint (if you'd like), and let the fun begin!
Now let's see how this thing works!
HOW TO USE THE WATER BALLOON FILLER STATION
First, use the water balloon filler bottles to fill the balloon.
Second, wrap the end of the balloon around the PVC.
Third, tuck the end under and pull through.
Voila! Easy as pie.
WATCH THE WATER BALLOON FILLER STATION IN ACTION
Because it can be confusing explaining this kind of thing, we made a 20-second video to demonstrate how to use the tying jig!
You're going to love how easy the water balloon filler station is to use! Gone are the days of cold, sore fingers and 3-minute water fights! We will be using this thing all summer long: at home, at a friends' house, and even camping. It's a perfect addition to a killer summer party! Make sure you share your summer water balloon fights with us on Instagram and Facebook! We love to see all the fun, family activities.
Looking for more summer fun?
- Use our summer life hacks to make your long days go smoother!
- Print out our summer bucket list printable and get to making the most of your summer together as a family!
- We've rounded up 24 awesome summer hacks that you definitely don't want to miss out on!
Now go show your kids who's boss in the water balloon fight! 😉