This is a project I worked on with my husband this summer for our family and neighborhood gatherings. Well, he did most of the work, but I added the vinyl to finish it off so I'm including it on my blog. :) Maybe thinking about this summer project will warm me up a little (we've been hitting single digits here in Utah the past week).
My husband saw an idea like this on the internet, then welded up his own version. It's a fun alternative to a dunk tank, where the victim gets soaked but is completely safe. We're big Phineas and Ferb fans, so after some brainstorming we decided to call it the "Drenchinator 3000" in honor of Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
You can see the white target in the photo above. The victim sits under the basket, which is filled with a very large water balloon. The person tossing the bean bags throws them at the target, and when they hit it the lever moves and pops the water balloon with a sharp point.
It's a fantastic design (I think my hubby's a genius), but he was thrilled with the vinyl I was able to apply to the black screen. I used plain white Contact paper and cut it with my Silhouette Cameo. Normally the Contact paper I have cuts well but isn't easy to apply (weak adhesive), but on this black material when it was heated in the sun (very hot to the touch), it really stuck on well.
On the bottom I put our homage to Dr. Doofenshmirtz (I was able to Google an image to trace in Silhouette Studio), and on the back side it even says "Curse You, Perry the Platypus!" Can you tell we had a lot of fun with this?
Now you can see it in action. We set this up for a large neighborhood party, then used it again for two of our kids' birthdays. Here's the birthday girl and her drenching:
As one of our victims said, "Now that's a lot of water!" It's amazing how wet you can get a person with a single water balloon. And the age groups that can both sit and throw at the target are varied. Even my 3-year old got drenched and came out laughing. Not one child was upset by getting drenched with the Drenchinator 3000.
It's good for a group drenching, too. (Although the sneaky ones manage to move out of the way.)