Although I don't live in a part of the country where pools are open year round, I know many of you do. Instead of paying big bucks to keep your pools heated with electricity, try this simple craft to heat the pool with a little help with the sun! Plus, you'll have a legitimate reason to buy boat loads of hula hoops!
Instead of turning on your heater, try using this quick trick to make your own pool floats out of hula hoops and plastic. By using a soldering iron to poke holes in the hula hoop and plastic at the same time, it creates a bond between the two plastics and melts them together.
The idea is that they sit on the surface of the water, the black plastic generates heat and the water absorbs it. Think of them as giant homemade lily pads for your pool. All that's left is to send the kids in to collect them when you're ready for a little family swim time!
Watch the video below to see the idea in action or check out Make Magazine for more information.
(Image: Make Magazine)