Pinterest Bustin: Frozen Colored Water Balloons

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Pinterest Busters take full advantage of the temps plumetting in Minnesota. At  -15, it’s time to bust some cold weather pins. Like this one:

“In the winter, fill balloons with water and food coloring, freeze, cut the balloons off and use as decoration.”

Picture from Pinterest

 So first we had to get water and food coloring into a balloon. Some people have said it’s easier to fill the balloon with water and then put food coloring in. We suspected the color of the balloons would be better mixed and brighter if we did the food coloring first and then the water.

We were quite liberal with the food coloring. Just squeeze.

Because we don’t have a fancy water balloon filler attachment, we filled the balloon just a little bit with water through a funnel to start this. This was just because I thought it would help keep a lot of the food coloring that had dripped onto the mouth of the balloon off my faucet. Which really only mattered because I was having a fancy Christmas dinner the next day and didn’t want a tie-dyed faucet. I’m not sure if this step actually did anything…or just made me feel better about my shiny silver faucet.. πŸ™‚

Then we put the balloon on the faucet and filled it up more.

We chose not to make enormous balloons like the ones shown in the original pin. We decided our first attempt would be smaller balloons.

Our six balloons in a 9×13 pan.

Now came the sciency part. The Hmmmschoolers decided we should put three of the balloons outside in the snow filled bird bath (since it was so cold outside)…

Our dog considers stealing one of the balloons.

…and three of them should go in our freezer.

They thought maybe because the temps outside were way below freezing, the outside balloons would freeze faster. But what we found was that because it was sunny, and maybe because the balloons were in the snow and somehow insulated, they actually froze much slower. We let both sets of balloons freeze overnight.

The next day it was time to bust those babies open. And if you’re a Ten Year Old Hmmmschooler, the job apparently requires a pocket knife. πŸ˜‰

So did it work?

Yes.

It did.

But (and this is a big but), it’s pretty darn messy. Filling the balloons with food coloring/water is messy and taking the balloons off is messy because there is still food coloring inside the balloons and on the outside of the frozen water. The potential for hand stain-age is high; wear gloves.

Also, as Ten Year Old Hmmmschooler pointed out, the balloons that were frozen in the freezer were more jelly bean shaped than the ones that froze in the cushion of snow. We hypothesized that if we had filled the balloons more full, perhaps sitting on the shelf of the freezer would not have flattened them out as much. But Ten Year Old Hmmmschooler also pointed out that in the original pin’s picture, the balls are sitting in the snow so you can’t tell what the bottom side of them looks like.

So did we bust the pin?

Nope. But that’s okay, because now our bird bath is the most festive one around. πŸ™‚

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