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Self-Tying Water Balloons (…fill 40 at a time, in SECONDS!!!)

Last week, I drove solo with all 4 kids to Colorado (Steve had to work….not enough vacation built up at his new job yet) and you know, it wasn’t so awful.  I mean, there were a few rough patches where sweet baby Oliver (who is 11 months old now) was a little fussy and I knew his little bum was tired of sitting in one spot.  But we made it.  I joked on Instagram (@makeitandloveit) that traveling with little kids by yourself is like childbirth — you forget all the hard parts and somehow decide to try it again. Ha! ;)

 

 

 

Anyway, none of that is at all relevant to today’s post (haha, sorry!)…..except for the fact that while I was IN Colorado, my sister Jodi showed me a link to the COOLEST water balloons!  They are water balloons that fill up in seconds (40 balloons at a time) and then tie off – – – ALL. BY. THEMSELVES.  Yes, SO cool!!!!

 

So I bought some, because I had to try them.

 

 

 

I can’t tell you how many times I have passed on doing the whole “water balloon thing” because I HATE filling them up.  Stretching the balloon opening over my sink faucet is so frustrating.  There’s always lots of popped balloons, little pieces of rubber everywhere, a mess of water on the counter/floor…..ugggh.  And I know there are those little attachments for filling water balloons but of course, I can never find that thing when I need it.  And did I mention they take FOREVER to fill up?!!!

 

But these babies……YES, they won me over at hello!

 

 

 

 

Here’s a quick peek of how simple were for us to fill and how they actually tie themselves off…….

……..and then my kiddos having a blast with them at the end! (PRESS PLAY…on the VIDEO below!)

 

 

 

 

 

These are the exact balloons I purchased HERE.

 

But I looked around and found another brand HERE.

 

And another brand HERE.

 

EDITED TO ADD:  I was just told that the original brand for this style of balloons is called “Bunch O Balloons” and can be found HERE.  I guess the other brands worked their way around the original design patent, which is unfortunate.  So, I tilt my hat to you Bunch of Balloons, for a really great design idea…..and wish you well! :)

 

 

They all look pretty similar and I’m guessing they perform similarly too.  They all include FREE shipping (which I’m such a sucker for, because it means I don’t have to haul the kiddos with me).  Now just think of the family reunions, outdoor BBQs and pool parties you have planned for this summer.  You no longer have to shy away from bringing the water balloons……go on and volunteer! :)

 

***Also, I was reading online that some people were disappointed in the balloons.  The biggest complaint among the negative comments, was that the balloons didn’t fill up big enough.  HOWEVER, if you fill up a bucket with water and kind of rest the balloons in the water (or at least on a flat surface) as they are filling, they will fill up a little fuller before gravity pulls them off.  (The instructions actually mention that too.)  We still had a lot of fun with ours, even though they weren’t absolutely filled to the max….so they were still a huge success for us!  (Also, don’t fill them up the night before or even hours before using them.  Wait until they are going to be used, fill them up in a few seconds…….and they are ready to go!)

 

 

 

I still can’t get over how quickly I filled up 120 water balloons!  Best water balloon invention EVER!!!!!

 

Enjoy your summer sun……and your water balloon activities!

-Ashley

 

 

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
Self-tying water balloons (…fill 40 at a time, in seconds!!!)
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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    can you refill the tool with regular water balloons purchased from a store?

  2. Andrea says:

    power strips that to do?

  3. Kaitlin L says:

    Please purchase the bunch o balloons brand, as it is the original, kickstarted by a friend of a friend last summer. The other brands have worked around the patent infringement and are not as good.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh really?!! The brand I bought said As Seen On TV, so I thought they must have been the original brand. So sad that I was fooled. I will add the link to this original brand too. And darn it, it’s a shame his idea was so closely duplicated…..but I hope he’s still doing well! :)

      Thanks Kaitlin!

  4. Oluwafemi oluwasegun says:

    It is very impressive

  5. Pippa says:

    We bought some of these at Target. They were more expensive that plain old water balloons but worked really well

  6. Tracy K says:

    I followed the links and was concerned about how many terrible reviews all 3 brands received. In some cases, more than 50% of he users gave them a 1 out of 5 stars.

    1. Ashley says:

      Hey Tracy! I didn’t even notice the reviews until after I purchased and tried the brand I purchased….which is the brand with the worst reviews. But I’m glad I didn’t notice it because mine worked great and they were too cool to NOT share!!! But after I was putting the info together, I noticed the brand I purchased didn’t have the best reviews (which is the first link) and that’s why I went looking around for other brands, to see how they fared. The second link has pretty good reviews, over 70% gave it 5 stars. The 3rd link is another option that has a little better reviews than the first link (30% gave it a 1 out of 5)……but it’s just another option to compare.

      HOWEVER, I think the biggest complaint that people had (and the reason for most of the poor reviews) is what I mentioned up in my post…..that when you’re filling them up, make sure and set them on something as they’re filling (or in a bin of water) so that they don’t pull off before being filled to capacity. It was mentioned in our instructions but of course I missed it. :) However, ours weren’t completely full but we had a BLAST with them! (Also, fill them up right before using them, not the day or hours before.)

      And I’m even thinking that instead of buying more sets, I’m going to purchase more regular water balloons and tie them on with my own itty bitty elastics that I buy for my girls’ hair! I think that will still be faster than filling each balloon with the faucet and tying each balloon. :)

      Anyway, hope that was helpful…..and maybe I got lucky, but my mind is still blown by how quickly these things filled up!!!

      Ashley

    2. Juana says:

      I had the same problem with them not filling up all the way but then I read the instructions and it made a huge difference! All I did was put some water in a plastic tote and as they filled up I held them in the water just enough to support them and it worked great! Thanks for sharing Ashley, love this purchase, I will be getting some more!

    3. Ashley says:

      Oh good, I’m glad they worked well for you too! And yes, the plastic tote is a great idea…….they really are such an awesome time (and aggravation) saver!

      Thanks Juana! :)

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