The self-tying water balloons from Bunch O Balloons have been our go-to this spring for outdoor fun. We've had some pretty epic water balloon battles. Which means we also have a bunch of the plastic stems that are left behind once the water balloons are filled and dropped. We love the bright colors and design so much we just knew there were some ways we could upcycle them. Here's our top five ideas for reusing these stems you might otherwise throw away:
- Photo display -- Don't spend money for a cute photo branch holder. Use these water balloon stems to make fun photo displays. Weave larger photos through the individual stems to hold in place.
2. Hose attachment -- thread the stem back onto the hose to create a gentle stream of water for tender plants. This attachment also makes for fun water play for the kids.
3. Crafting -- there are a lot of fun crafts you could imagine with these. We created this flower bouquet using tissue paper squares and those teeny tiny rubber hair ties.
4. Recipe card holder -- similar to the photo display, keep one of the stems in your kitchen utensil drawer for an easy recipe card holder. No more lost recipes when creating your favorite meal.
5. Pool toys - the sweeping, flexible straws make for fun, floating pool toys in a toddler pool (best for little ones over age 3). Or as float sticks in a big pool to encourage new swimmers.
If you're unfamiliar with Bunch O Balloons, here's what they look like in their original form:
And if upcycling isn't your thing but you still love these water balloons as much as we do, please consider participating in their recycling program with Terracycle. Wishing you many epic water balloon battles this summer! #upcycle #reuse #recycle #summerfun