Intro: Soccer Ball Sprinkler
In my garage, I had many old soccer balls that I rarely use, so my team and I decided to do something about that. Then I also noticed that a popular product, called Bunch O' Balloons, had exactly what we needed, and instead of throwing the stems away after the water balloons were filled, we used them to our advantage.
- An old (or new) soccer ball
- Bunch o’ Balloons. Make sure the balloons are taken off
- Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- A small screwdriver
- Water Hose
Step 1: Cut a Hole in Your Ball
Grab your soccer ball and decide where you want to attach your hose. First, make a circular indication with a sharpie to match the shape of the bottom of the Bunch O’ Balloon tubes (where the hose attaches). To start making the hole, I suggest using a tiny screwdriver to poke the first hole and then use scissors to cut along your sharpie lines.
One tip to make things much easier for you. Cut out the entire hexagon that the original hole is on, this way you have more room to do all the steps to come. I would suggest that you make an outline first and then cut. Also, it’s better to cut a bigger hole than a hole that is too small and that you will enlarge. If you don’t widen the hole, the final step will be much easier, less time consuming and the final product will look much better.
Step 2: Taking Out the Rubber
To make poking holes easier, the next step is to reach into the ball and rip out the black, rubbery inner “skin” out of the soccer ball. In the picture, you can see that it has no black rubber inside.
Step 3: Poking Holes in the Top
The next is to poke tiny holes it the top of the ball for the plastic tubes from the Bunch O' Balloons to go through. I used the tiny screwdriver to make them. Make as many holes as you want, but there are only 35 tubes.
If you don't use all the tubes you can either cut and plug them, or you can leave them as they are. The last step will explain further if you do not do anything with them.
Step 4: Inserting the Tubes Into the Poked Holes
The fourth step is to insert the plastic tubes into the holes from the inside of the soccer ball. Once you have done this with one tube, push the tube through the hole about one-quarter of an inch and hot glue around the tube on the outside of the ball. Once the glue cools and hardens, you can insert another tube doing the same thing until all of the holes you made are filled and the red tubes are sticking out.
Step 5: Glue the Hexagon Back On
Grab hexagon shaped hole you made and prepare a glue gun. In the hole, center the part of the Bunch O’ Balloons that attaches to the hose. Then, take that part and stick it mostly through the hole in the hexagon. Once it is snug, take the glue gun and glue around the plastic to make sure it stays on the material. Finally, glue the hexagon onto the rest of the ball.
If you did not attach all 35 tubes, then I would cut a part of the hexagon off, so that the water squirting out the extra holes can come out the bottom.
Now attach to the hose, and enjoy!