Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What to do with Orbeez (water beads)

If you have kids then by now you've been begged for some of these squishy, bouncy water balls. Even if you don't have kids you've probably seen the commercials. Little tiny marbles that grow when you soak them in water and then hours of creative fun. Yeah right! My son lasted about 20 minutes before he went "But what do they DO?" Ummmm...nothing. Somewhere a man is flying cross country in his new jet laughing his butt off at all of us, but I digress. Now that you have the Orbeez and the kids are bored, what do you do with them?

How to use orbeez

Well, you can plant them! They were originally invented to add moisture to plant soil. The amazing thing is the plants suck the moisture out of the water beads when the soil starts to get dry. The water bead swells back up next time you water the plant, effectively storing moisture for the next time the soil starts to dry out. These are especially helpful for those that don't remember to water their houseplants very often! 

Pretty decorations. I used clear ones in glass vases with Color changing submersible LED light balls for decorations at oldest daughters Graduation Party. I decorated dollar store vases with ribbons and decals in her theme (music) then let the bead filled vases sit there all day and when night came, just clicked the light balls on and dropped them in for a lit up display. So pretty!

Candle holders: Fill a short glass vase with water beads and add a long taper candle and they will hold the candle in place. Or use a large vase, add water beads and water then place a floating candle on top.

Flower holder: Fill a glass vase with water beads and some water then add fresh cut flowers. The beads will help stabilize the flowers so you can arrange them.

Graduation party lights

Glow light: For a fire-less approach, activate a glow stick and place inside a vase full of water beads to illuminate the area.

Make an air freshener: Add a few drops of essential oil to the water when you hydrate the water balls. Drain when full size and place in a shallow bowl for a cool looking air freshener.
Water beads come in many colors, I just happen to use clear for both pictures. The colors can be mixed together or even layered for a really cool look.

Sadly, now that you shelled out the cash....that is about all that water beads AKA Orbeez are good for. The upside is, at least they are good for something! Now, what are you gonna do with all that slime the kids just had to have?

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  1. Nice & Informative post on custom color Water beads.
    Thanks for this blog!!

    1. Thanks! ...and thanks for stopping by!


  2. They make incredible ice packs for injuries or dental needs aka (wisdom tooth extraction) place orbeez in a sandwhich size ziploc freezer bag with 4 oz of rubbibg alcohol and 2oz of h2o and freeze.

    1. Waat a great idea! Thanks for the tip!



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