Whether you call it Water Party, an Under the Sea Party, or a Splash Party, we’ve got you covered. This party is now available for purchase in our shop. Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat. ©One Charming Party.


  1. These are great! So colorful too! You guys are super creative…

    Erin    Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  2. Like a fun sponge pom pom! Such a great idea… :)

    Stacey    Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  3. Love this idea and many of your creative ideas! Going to have to try this one out!

    Kristin    Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  4. I want to have a Messy Party for my kids in the summer. This tutorial will be perfect for the clean up portion of the event… Thanks

    Amanda Joy    Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  5. ooh so simple and fun!

    Mindy    Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  6. This is adorable! I love all the colors and how they’re so re-useable!

    PartyMom    Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  7. I made these a few years ago-kids loved them and they are easy.

    Danee Kaplan    Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  8. LOVE! Now only if it was summer…

    Dani @ Weddings Fresh    Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  9. These are WONDERFUL! So spunky and fun; thanks for the idea:).

    Alie    Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  10. This is super cute!

    Deborah    Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  11. Oh these are fun! Great idea

    Jordan - Polkadot Prints    Thursday, March 24, 2011
  12. What a fun addition to a water party!

    Rebecca    Sunday, March 27, 2011
  13. What a simple, cute. fun idea! I’m bookmarking this for a fun summer idea for the kids.

    Crystal (theweekendhomemaker.com)    Sunday, March 27, 2011
  14. Great idea for a splish splash summer party!! I am so going to do it!

    cris    Monday, March 28, 2011
  15. we made these sponge balls last summer and they were great fun for my little guys. and easy enough for even me to make.

    Kimberly    Tuesday, April 12, 2011
  16. I made these today…so easy…and soo cute. I used to think I was creative and crafty but all these wonderful ideas put me to shame. Thank you.

    Louise Adkins    Thursday, April 21, 2011
  17. Can not wait to make these. My little boy plays with a car wash sponge all of the time I think he will love these.

    amber    Sunday, May 8, 2011
  18. Great idea! Would love for you to share this at my Summer Fun Fest Linky Party on Monday! Visiting from TT&J

    Crystal    Friday, May 27, 2011
  19. These are a great idea! My daughter loves to play in the water and these will be perfect for her!

    Laura    Thursday, June 2, 2011
  20. THIS IS AWESOME <— yes, i'm yelling. because IT'S AWESOME!

    simple but so fun! thanks for the tute!

    wendiwinn    Saturday, July 2, 2011
  21. Thanks for the great tutorial! I featured you on my blog http://onecharmingparty.com/2011/03/23/water-party-sponge-ball-tutorial/

    Katie A    Wednesday, July 6, 2011
  22. Thanks for the great tutorial. I featured you on my own blog! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/07/sponge-balls.html

    Katie A    Wednesday, July 6, 2011
  23. Where can I find fun colored sponges?! My grocery stores don’t have any :(

    Marlee    Friday, July 8, 2011
  24. Hi Marlee–We found colored sponges at the dollar store and Target. Good luck! xo

    Brittany    Saturday, July 9, 2011
  25. I made these for my Kindergarten summer students and I hope you don’t mind if I share a tip that I do. I use small clear rubber elastic bands to hold the cut sponges (wrap around twice), then I tie with the dental floss. No need for an extra set of hands this way. :)

    catherine    Tuesday, July 12, 2011
  26. Hi catherine–I used small elastics too, last time I made them. So much easier. Thanks for the tip. xo

    Brittany    Tuesday, July 12, 2011
  27. What fun – I find that toys like these colorful sponges provide more fun and entertainment than expensive pool toys. Great idea – can’t wait to try it. I think the sponge “balls” will be fun for all ages.

    Leslie Degner    Wednesday, August 17, 2011
  28. Wow! So cute, fun, and also easy to make! If you don’t mind I’d like to give a tip!! Ok, so I didn’t happen to have elastics or dental floss so I decided to use heavy duty duck tape! Works like a charm!! Please try this out and comment back to me! Thanks :) you can also contact me by e-mail!

    Ari    Tuesday, November 8, 2011
  29. Hi!
    We just featured a link to your blog for the tutorial on making these lovely sponge balls on our blog http://www.ickyyuckymucky.wordpress.com. In India, we celebrate a festival called Holi which is incredibly messy with colours and water balloons. Combine that with our book for children titled Icky, Yucky, Mucky! Perfect idea for an Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi!

    Icky Yucky Mucky    Friday, February 17, 2012
  30. What a great summer activity . My grand kids will love this.
    Thanks for the idea

    Faythe    Thursday, March 22, 2012
  31. Hi there!
    This is such a cute idea, I had to do it myself. I blogged about it here http://michaelampotter.wordpress.com/
    with a link back to your site.
    Thanks for the tutorial!

    michaela    Sunday, April 29, 2012
  32. awesome blog, i love reading your posts- you give me so many great ideas! keep the posts coming, for me!:)

    Dreamscapes pool    Thursday, July 12, 2012
  33. I used Small Zip ties it worked like a charm and saved me a lot of time.

    Jerusha    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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