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It’s summer! The temps are hitting the high 90s and above, and I’m starting to feel like I’m in the tropics. It’s time to cool off with the sprinklers and maybe a few water balloons. We’ve been doing this routine for a few weeks now, but now I think it’s time to do something a little different with the water balloons. What if we fill them with paint and do a few art projects! I mean, I might as well bring the beautiful colors of the tropics to my own backyard to match the temperatures, right?
I’ll walk you through our process because while it’s simple, it wasn’t first instinct for us to figure out. I’ll explain what we did, what worked and what didn’t work with the paint filled balloons to hopefully help you have a smoother, yet still messy, fun backyard creating session.
First thing you’ll need is some empty water bottles with a sports top. We tried some other methods, but they didn’t work well. The sports top bottles worked the best. You’ll need as many as the colors of paint you’ll be using. For us, it was six. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
Speaking of paint colors, we used tempera paint. It’s not too expensive, it’s easy to find, and it comes in a lot of colors. Perfect for this project.
To prepare the bottles for filling the balloons I wanted to thin the paint a bit. This makes the paint splatter better when the balloons are popped and the paint stretches further too for the price you pay. I first filled the water bottles about halfway with paint. Do this over a sink or outdoors just in case of spills. Also, don’t forget to wear clothes you’re not worried about getting paint on.
Next, fill those bottles the rest of the way with water and give them a good shake. With the lid on tight of course. My daughter rearranged the bottles so they were in the proper order according to her.
When I was out shopping I also picked up some all® Fresh Tropical Mist™. I’m getting the scent and the colors of the tropics, mixed with the heat. Yes. Now I really think it’s starting to feel like the tropics in my backyard! Sights and smells. I could get used to this.
When you’re ready to fill your balloons just place one over the spout of your water bottle.
Then hold it over the sink or take it outside and squeeze the paint into the water balloon.
You don’t have to fill them too full. The fuller you fill them the easier they break before you want them too and the more you increase your chance for spraying paint all over yourself and anyone or anything surrounding you. You can see the orange in the sink from a balloon explosion in the photo above, but even without a lot of explosions, just filling them can be messy. Check out my hands on my Instagram post!
Keep all of your filled balloons in a container of some kind until you’re ready to use them, though I suggest using them sooner than later. I noticed the balloons started to get some discolored spots on them and I’m not sure if that was just a timer to when the balloon would burst or what, but I didn’t want to find out after all of that hard work.
For our first attempt at paint water balloon creations we set a table up in the backyard, then tipped it on its side to act as a backboard for the flat canvases we used.
Sadly this didn’t work. I’m not sure what was up with our water balloons but they just bounced off the table then popped when they hit the grass. We tested our balloons filled with water only, no paint, and had the same issue, so I know it was the balloons and not the paint.
Our family is not one to get discouraged. We get creative and make things happen. Making things happen didn’t take long. And by things, I mean messy painting with balloons.
We placed the canvases on the ground and the girls started squeezing the balloons with their hands. Squeals of delight erupted from them each time the color burst through their hands onto the canvas. It was a wonderful sight.
The kids had no idea what color was in each balloon, so the paintings were a complete surprise. They just kept popping them over and over again.
Don’t mind the white shirts. They didn’t cost much and I put them in them to have a good documentation of the mess they were making. Although it appears most of it ended up on their hands.
As a final experiment we tried bringing out some stick pins and let the girls pop their balloons that way. They loved it! It created a brand new painting effect for them to play with.
Finally they finished. Between my lawn and the canvases I was rewarded with those tropical colors I was looking for to complete the tropics in my own backyard. In this case, I enjoyed sitting outside with a cold drink in my hand watching the paint dry. Thanks to all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ I could even close my eyes and catch the scent from my clothes giving me another layer of backyard tropics to enjoy.
I think I’ll be hanging these paintings up in my laundry room. It’s my sanctuary since I’m the oddball who actually loves to do laundry. This will only brighten my space and transform my laundry room into the tropics too!
You can transform your backyard to the tropics too, complete with all of the sights and scents you would expect to find there. The color is the easy part. Plant bright colored flowers, decorate your backyard space with brightly colored accessories, or do what I did and set the kids up with some paint filled balloons to bring those bright colors to the space you want.
The scents are easy too!
Pick up all® Fresh Tropical Mist™, use it to do laundry and you’ll carry the scent of the tropics with you wherever you go. As an added bonus you can use it to help clean up after the water balloon paint project thanks to the in-wash pre-treaters it contains for great stain removal.
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How do you bring the tropics to the backyard? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below. Check out this collection of backyard tropics ideas to help inspire you. We can all benefit from a tropical sanctuary in our own backyard.