After having lived through a plethora of summer months myself, I thought I had seen everything when it comes to staying cool in the heat. Brilliant mommy blogger and inventor Leisha over at Home Toast has created something so epic my inner child can't stop screaming for one.

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Here's a new way to have fun - a leak-proof water blob in your backyard! Not only is this way cooler that a normal swimming pool or inflatable swimming pool option, it is also much cheaper. Not to mention the bouncy, trampoline-like effect it has when you use it! 

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Apparently, these aquatic bags of joy are a recent trend among DIY parents who've been looking for a way to keep their kids busy before back-to-school sales. 

Most how-to guides will tell you that duct tape is the best way to go when making your own water enclosure for your children. However, Leisha has come up with a genius way to seal in that liquid fun with barely any duct tape at all. All you'll need is a few, cheap household items to make your water blob dreams a reality!

What you'll need:
- Painter's plastic/plastic sheeting, 4 mil at any size (preferably 10 x 20 ft)
- Ironing board
- Parchment paper
- Scissors
- Duct tape 
- Iron 

1. Crank up your iron to its highest setting and position your the ironing board flat on the floor. 

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2. Pull out your painter's plastic sheeting and flatten it out on the floor. You will need a lot of space for this. Once it's sprawled out, fold that in half  to the size you want your finished 'blob' to be.


3. Grab a 2 foot-long piece of parchment paper. Fold it in half length-wise and start to draw a thin line roughly 2 inches out from the fold. This will come in handy when it's ironing time!

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4. Start by grabbing the edge of the sheeting that is opposite its fold, located at the corner. Open your paper and gently put the sheeting within it - making sure to keep it aligned with the parchment's fold. Then, fold the paper back over.

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5. Ironing time! Use your hot iron to gradually and carefully melt the plastic from the sheeting together by ironing along the pre-made line on the paper. Do not allow the piping hot iron to make direct contact with the plastic.  It'll create holes and a massive mess that nobody will want to clean up. 

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6. Now it's time to have the blob cool down. Feel free to enjoy a glass of wine as you wait. Be sure to wait long enough as you don't want to damage the plastic by stretching it. 

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7. Keep sealing all those edges - make sure to overlap by at least a few inches just to be sure there aren't any holes. *Tip: after you've sealed the opposite end, if you work from the sealed edge toward the fold, everything will align perfectly!*


8. Snip a tiny slit in the corner of the folded end. 

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9. Slide a garden hose in at least 2-3 feet. Be sure to elevate the hose end to avoid the water gushing out while you fill it. Give yourself about 20-30 minutes to allow it to fill with about 8 inches of water. Feel free to add food coloring during the process to give your 'blob' a little something extra!

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10. Seal off that hose hole with some duct tape, sit back, relax and watch your kids (and you) have the time of their lives! Congratulations!  You've just built a leak-free swimming pool alternative for your backyard. 

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