Wonderin' what these 4 vials of little beads are? Well, they could possibly be my BFF! These ordinary looking beads are called Hydro Bubbles. Hydro Bubbles, commonly known as "water beads" were originally designed to keep farmers' soil damp so that the water wouldn't evaporate. I can't imagine they were as lovely as Hydro Bubbles, but I reckon that's where these little guys began.
Hydro Bubbles are left for a few hours to soak in water and eventually, they plump up to a much larger size. Then they can be added to your plants because they slowly release the water into the plant, plus they make your plant look prettier!
Besides serving a purpose for watering your plants, Hydro Bubbles have an even more fun/lovely purpose -- decoration! I adore how these bubbly dudes look in a crystal clear glass vase or simple jar. They add fun personality to a room. Plus, these are amazing little projects for young children...or old children...or adults. My lovie and I have had a real blast with these! They never get old! I keep checking mine to see if they're totally deflated yet just so I can re-do them. It's a lot of fun.
Of course you should monitor young children around the beads as they can swallow them. I want to go ahead and warn about that now. And for some reason, these beautiful beads are very appealling to a two year old! My neice is 2 and she has to really use her will power not to eat em'! She puts them to her lips and says "we can't eat em!" Ha Ha. Like she's reminding herself not to eat the Hydro Bubbles. It's adorable, but I have to keep an eye on her because her will power could run out at any second!
As far as I know, Hydro Bubbles are non-toxic, but they can be choking hazards to small children and pets. I guess they just look so tasty because my weiner dog licked them too! Also, you should not drop them down the drain -- could definitely cause clogging! As we were in the process of adding the beads to water, my sister and I got on the subject of 'what happens if one drops down the drain?' Hmmm... "well, they expand when in water, so they'd probably never die down/evaporate since you use the sink often." What a bummer, but we couldn't help but realize just how fun these things could truly be if you have an enemy! Ha. Ha. I'm only joking. Really. So please do not go stuffing water beads down your neighbor who plays loud music all night & sleeps all day's drain! And do not ever stuff them in your EX's gas tank! I'm serious guys. I'm not condoning this kind of behavior. This is an "at your own risk" kind of thing here. :)
So, when the kids are nagging you all day & you're praying to God that school goes back in service early and never lets out, remember just how many hours of fun I have had personally with Hydro Bubbles.
Since all you need is water & the Hydro Bubbles, it's a very easy & clean project. No big messes to clean after. I mean, the worst that could happen really is spilling your quart(s) of water or dropping the beads and we've dropped em'! These guys feel delicate when plumped up and they feel as if they'll burst, but they've taken quite a few drops. Held up just fine.
In my hands, the Hydro Bubbles feel sort of slimey. I love it! They're a tad slippery. They feel like a tiny water balloon. Hollow like if you busted one, water would spill out, but that's not exactly how it works. Once plumped up, they feel like they'd burst and leak, but they're actually more solid. What I mean is, on the inside, it's a gelatin-like material. Not a hollow bead. Interesting. If one busts or is sliced in half -- it can happen if you try, even with fingernails -- it's gooey all the way through. I have seen waterbeads before and they were all busted in half. Not full little balls. I didn't love that. Like I said, it's possible to bust them and they will still work, but they just don't look as nice as the full, round balls. It's no big deal if a few bust though.
-Made of a super-absorbant polymer, Hydro Bubbles hold 100X's their own weight in water!
Click HERE to visit Hydro Bubbles website & see photos of the gorgeous decoration ideas they've shared. & Click HERE to see their lovely photos using the Hydro Bubbles in plants -- truly beautiful! My favorite is putting the colorful little beads into a shiny glass vase or even cup and sitting them out for everyone to see and love. My family members were going crazy over these little guys. My sister couldn't resist, she had to take a few home with her & is getting an indoor plant now just so she can show of her Hydro Bubbles.
HOW TO USE HYDRO BUBBLES
I'm typing this right now, 5 minutes after putting my first vial of the purple Hydro Bubbles in the water and they're already starting to puff up! (I put a photo below of how they look right now, 5 mins after being put in water)They look so neat. I have the cup of puffing beads sitting next to me on a stool so that I can watch them the whole time. These little guys are very entertaining! Also, the little beads can look a certain color when they're not full of water. For instance, these purple ones looked black in the container, but once they soak in the water, their true color begins to show. The hot pink look totally red before they've been put in water. They do turn out the correct color though, so no worries.
|Hydro Bubbles after 5 mins of being in water|
Check em' out! I know the photo up there is really large and funny shaped, but that's because I cropped it so ya'll could see up-close. This was taken about 1 hour (maybe a tad longer) after putting the purple in water and about 40 minutes after putting the clear in water. How awesome! You see how they look bumpy, like a rasberry or mulberry or some kind of bumpy berry? I just love that, it's the neatest thing I ever seen! The water beads I saw in the past didn't do this cool little plumpy thing. This disappears and you're left with a full, perfectly round bead, but I still think this stage is so neat. I suppose if you really liked them like this, you could take them out of the water once they hit the bumpy stage. Only difference is you'd need to "re-plump" em' sooner than if you left them for the full recommended 12 hours.