Summer is a time for water balloon fights! But what if you could have the water balloon fight of your dreams without having to worry about filling up hundreds of water balloons? With this mini water balloon crochet pattern, you can make mini water balloons that can be used over and over again. They work great as reusable paint balls too!
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Mini Water Balloon Free Crochet Pattern – Or Reusable Paint Balls!
So simple to make, these mini water balloon’s “magic” trick is the yarn they’re made from: Bernat Blanket Yarn. This yarn is almost water repellent, so it will hold the water but doesn’t lock it in the fibers like other yarns.
So, you soak the “balloon” and then throw it. It will make a very satisfying splat, sending a ton of it’s water all over the recipient. Then you just pick it up, soak it again and repeat!
This free crochet pattern is perfect for summertime fun! Make a bunch in different colors and have the water balloon fight of your dreams.
Or…if you’re feeling particularly wild (and maybe you have older kids that just aren’t as enamored with water balloon fights – but would TOTALLY go for a paintball fight…) you can soak the balloons in tinted (using washable finger paint) water, throw and repeat! Without ruining clothes or anything else!
Such a fun crochet pattern, I really recommend giving it a go. So, grab your hook and let’s yarn over!
What Yarn Should You Use for Crocheting Water Balloons?
For this super easy set of water balloons, I just needed it to be the specific squishy yarn that I can only really experience with Bernat Baby Blanket yarns. Found on sale, that really worked out for me. It’s just the best for water-based projects like this where you want to get a good splat.
Specifically, I used Bernat Baby Blanket, super bulky (6), 100% polyester yarn in White colorway.
What Size Are These Crocheted Water Balloons?
As written, this pattern is one-size. The resulting water balloons are 6-inches long with a with of 2 1/2-inches. This is reasonably sized for a water balloon. Honestly, though, you could size up your hook and make them larger, if you wanted.
However, I prefer the smaller size balloons that I made as the pattern is written, so that there are more water balloons coming out of a skein of yarn – and more fun the kids can have.
How Much Yarn Will I Need to Make a Water Ballon?
I used a very small amount from a skein of Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn in White colorway for the pictured snowballs. I do generally crochet in a medium-tension, so this is what I would consider an average amount of yarn usage for this project.
How Do You Crochet a Water Balloon?
These mini water balloons are crocheted in the round. I used a chain 4, joined, to make the beginning round, but if you wanted to start it with a magic circle, you certainly could. Once started, it’s simply a series of half double crochet stitches, increasing and decreasing, to get the balloon shape.
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Easy Mini Water Balloon Free Crochet Pattern
Below you will find the notes and directions for making these fun crocheted water balloons.
- 6-inch length, 2.5-inch width or 15.4cm length, 6.35cm width
- less than 10 yards (per water balloon) 100% polyester, super bulky weight (size 6) yarn (Bernat Baby Blanket in White colorway pictured)
- Crochet hook: Size L/11 (8 mm)
- In single crochet, 7 sc and 8 rows = 4 in x 4 in (10 cm)
Skill Level: Easy
- The yarn used for these items contains natural fiber and requires special laundering. Please read yarn labels and follow directions to maintain the life of your crochet work.
Half Double Crochet (HDC):
Yarn over, insert hook in row below and pull up a loop, yarn over (3 loops on hook) and pull through all loops on hook. One half double crochet stitch (HDC) completed.
Half Double Crochet 2 Together (HDC2TOG):
Yarn over, insert hook in row below, yarn over, pull through the stitch on your crochet hook (3 loops on hook), insert hook into the next stitch in row below, yarn over, pull through the stitch on your crochet hook (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
Directions to Make Water Balloons
Chain 4, sl st to join. DO NOT TURN
Round 1: Ch 2, 3 HDC, sl st to join. (4 sts total)
Round 2: Ch 2, 3 HDC, sl st to join. (4 sts total)
Round 3: Ch 2, sl st in next stitch, HDC, sl st, HDC, sl st to join.
Round 4: Ch 2, 5 HDC, sl st to join.
Round 5: Ch 2, 10 HDC, sl st to join.
Round 6: Ch 2, 10 HDC, sl st to join.
Round 7: Ch 2, 5 HDCTOG, sl st to join.
Round 8: Ch 2, HDC, sl st to join.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Get wet (with water or paint) and enjoy!