DIY Neon Pink Floating Pool Lights

The neon pink pool happened by chance. I went to Reverse Garbage in Sydney – scouting for recycled materials which could be turned into decorations – and discovered a trove of enormous hessian bags filled with neon pink ball pit balls. While this chance discovery inspired my glowing pink pool, it also meant that this whole project cost me less than $40.

If you’re looking to replicate this project, it’s unlikely that you’ll happen upon the exact same luck. That said, Kmart are selling 100 multi-coloured ball pit balls for just $8 which would make for a great alternative. Even if you’re not looking for hundreds of neon pink balls, I recommend visiting places like Reverse Garbage, your local charity store or even the side of the road during a council clean-up to search for creative inspiration – some of my best craft projects have come from these places.

Materials:

  • 2x sacks of pink neon ball pit balls (I purchased these for $15 each from Reverse Garbage, however you can find alternatives at Kmart for a reasonable price)

  • A pocket knife

  • Good quality clear tape

  • 40x LED balloon lights in white ($4.50 for 10 on eBay)

Total budget = <$50

Time frame

This one was easy, it took under an hour to put the lights into the balls, and throwing the balls in the pool was so much fun.

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Method:

The process to create these neon floating pool lights was quite simple. While most of the pink ball pit balls were simply thrown into the pool, I collected forty of them aside to be illuminated.

Using a pen knife, I sliced a small slit into the side of each of these forty balls, and used this slit to insert one LED balloon light into each of the balls. I turned the lights on before I inserted the lights into the balls and for this reason it was important to complete this process just a couple of hours before the party started so that the batteries would not run out. I then used clear tape to cover the slit and ensure that no water would seep into the balls – this is not a fool proof process, I would encourage you to make sure that nobody is swimming in the pool while these lights are being used as they are not totally waterproof and have not been tested for safety.

I then placed the illuminated balls in the pool, interspersing them carefully amongst the non-illuminated balls so that they were spread across the pool. As the party carried on the balls drifted mostly to one end of the pool, but this actually created quite a cool looking design that stretched from one end outwards.

These lights are one use only, but for the small effort required and low price, I was thrilled with the outcome.

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