I'm so excited to be a part of the Ready 4 Summer celebration with Simply Klassic Home and Midwestern Girl DIY!
I was asked to make a super fun kids activity for the summer and I decided to try something new. I wanted to make Jackson, my 3 year old, his one of a kind sprinkler!
That's where the idea of my Hula Hook Sprinkler began!
(Since this isn't a standard easy to do project, the materials used are pretty a-typical)
Clear Silicone that's waterproof
Swivel Hose Barb Adapter 3/8th" Barl
Nylon Hose Barb - T Connector that's 3/8th" diameter
Also used a 1/8th drill bit and electric drill and a handsaw, and electrical tape
First I cut the hula hoop to create an opening with a handsaw, and then every few inches around I used a 1/8th drill bit and made holes through the top layer of the hula hoop.
Then I inserted the T-piece and used the clear silicone around the edges to adhere the t-piece inside the hula hoop and to create close between the pieces (you don't want any water escaping so be liberal).
After applying the silicone we used electrical tape to hold the piece together while it tried (about two hours). We applied the silicone to the top piece too and attached the clear tubing to that piece, and again held it in place with electrical tape.
We ended up going back and also using silicone between the second end of the tubing and the garden hose adapter to make it all one united piece. (The water pressure was too strong and the tubing came off the garden hose adapter without the silicone). We let the whole piece dry overnight to be sure the silicone completely dried, but the directions state it should be okay in about two hours.
Then we just let-er-rip with the water and VOILA! A hula hoop sprinkler!!!
J was really hesitant at first, but after a while he loved standing in the middle of it and having the water go up all around him. The smaller drill bit you use, and the less frequent holes, the higher the water will shoot up. Ours reached about to the top of the trees!
Official Judge ruling: TWO THUMBS UP!
We even took if for a test run at the bottom of the slide which was a blast too!