How to make the best DIY water blob using the Cricut EasyPress and be the coolest and the most fun mom on the block this summer.
Summer fun is all about water, and what’s more fun than a water blob?
I mean, they are literally cool. And they are fun to lay on.
Plus you can bounce other people. That’s always funny.
I knew that I wanted to make a water blob so I went to Home Depot to hunt down some plastic sheeting.
I collected and purchased my items. Then I took it home and got to work.
Cricut EasyPress Mat
Parchment Paper (I like these ones)
Food Coloring (optional)
You want a thicker plastic sheeting. Above I have linked to a 6 millimeter and I wouldn’t go thinner than that.
How to make a homemade water blob
You are going to need some space, because you want to open up the whole thing. The sheeting I used was 10′ by 25′.
Then you want to fold it in half. I folded the 25′ sides together so that the 10′ sides met. This makes my empty blob 10′ by 12.5′.
Plug in your Cricut EasyPress2 and set it to 285º and 15 seconds.
Don’t have an EasyPress2? No worries, you can definitely use an iron just adjust your heat accordingly .
I like how simple it is with the EasyPress2 because it maintains temperature, times it for me, and it creates a straight line.
Now, please note, in order to create the seal we are melting the two layers of plastic together. You definitely need parchment paper.
You are going to take your piece of parchment paper and fold it in half. Then, starting at a corner, you are going to sandwich the two layers of plastic between the parchment.
You want parchment paper on the top and the bottom. You do not want melted plastic on your EasyPress2 or your EasyPress Mat.
When you are ready to press, lay the parchment with the sandwiched plastic sheeting on your mat place your EasyPress2 on top. Press the Cricut button.
I aimed to make my seal about 3″-4″ wide. You can do less or more if you would like.
After the 15 seconds are up and it beeps place your EasyPress2 back into its base. Wait a few seconds for the plastic to cool.
It will harden back up as it cools. If you try to peel the parchment off while it is still too hot you will pull the plastic thinner.
Once you are able to peel off the parchment paper you can move it over and do the next section of plastic sheeting.
This does take a while to make it around the three open sides, but I just turned on a show and worked my way around.
Don’t seal all of the edges. Be sure to leave an opening a couple inches wide somewhere. This is where you will fill it with water.
How to fill a water blob
When you are ready to fill your DIY water blob you want to take it outside and find a nice flat spot in your yard.
As flat as possible. Trust me. I thought I had it in a good, mostly flat spot. But I did not.
It started sliding over into the fence as it filled. And once it has a good amount of water in it, good luck moving it.
When you have it in a good flat spot, lay it all the way out.
If you are using food coloring to color the water inside your blob now is the time.
It can hold a LOT of water so you are going to need a lot of coloring. I did a big squirt into the water blob. Then I put the end of the hose in and turned on the water.
Again, this holds a lot of water. So you are going to be filling it for quite a while.
You will also want to monitor the air bubble situation and try to send them over to the opening to be released if possible. Some bubbles are fine. We just didn’t want a bunch of big bubbles in our water blob.
Once it was filled to my liking, we turned off the water and used the duct tape to seal it shut. If it has a small leak you can add more tape or just let it be. There’s so much water inside it would take forever for a few drops to drain it.
How to use a water blob
We sprayed ours down with water so that it would get all wet and we would be sticking to it.
The kids were running and jumping on it, but I wouldn’t really recommend that as they were making bubbles in the plastic where it would pull thinner as they landed.
We ended up putting some duct tape over some of the weaker spots after the kids had jumped all over it.
It’s more for just laying on and “floating”.
It was nice and cool to lay on in the sun. And as the sun went down it was nice and warm from being heated up during the day.
The kids had a great time playing on it. We left it up for a few days, but we emptied it because we needed to mow the yard and we didn’t want the grass underneath to die.
To empty your water blob just take some scissors and cut the edge of the duct tape until the opening is accessed and water starts spilling out. This is going to take a long time to empty it this way.
If you aren’t going to refill it you could always just cut a big opening to let more water out faster.
Have you made a DIY water blob? Did you and the kids love it?
Check out my other post for more ideas on how to use the Cricut EasyPress.
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