How To Make A Stress Ball
How to Make a Balloon Stress Ball
A stress ball is a squeezable ball that can help calm nerves, anger, anxiety, and more for both adults and children. You can keep stress balls on hand at home, school, work, or on the go for whenever you may want to de-stress. Choose a filling, fill the balloon, and then decorate it to create your own unique version of this easy homemade craft.
Choosing a Filling
Use flour for a soft and malleable ball.Pour all-purpose flour for baking into your balloon for your stress ball. This creates a ball that is soft and squishy and will more or less hold the shape you form it into.
- You can also use other common powdered baking ingredients that you have on hand, like cornstarch or baking soda. Or use sand, if you have it available, for a slightly grainier texture.
- Note that this filling can be messier if spills occur, but it is popular for its low expense and the satisfying texture it creates for a stress ball.
Use dried beans or birdseed for a firmer ball.Try small dry beans, lentils, rice, or birdseed to fill your balloon for the stress ball. This creates a firmer, more textured ball, like a bean bag.
- This type of filling doesn’t create as squishy of a ball, but it can be easier to get into the balloon and creates less of a mess if spilled.
- Note that birdseed or dry goods may have sharp or cracked fragments that could create a hole in the balloon for your stress ball. Prevent this by using several layers of balloons to make a thicker surface for your stress ball, or opting for a smoother filling material instead.
- You can also mix dry beans with flour for a filling that is a mixture of firm and soft. Try half beans and half flour, or whatever combination creates a texture you like.
Try modeling clay or playdough.Use a modeling clay product or playdough to put into your balloon. This creates a stress ball that is very squishy and holds its shape well.
- Be aware that many modeling clays and play doughs will dry up over time when left exposed to the air. Though you will be putting it inside a tied balloon, it may not be completely airtight and your stress ball could harden after a couple days or weeks.
- Note that solids like modeling clay or playdough can be more difficult to get into a balloon successfully. Use a funnel as with any other filling, and roll the clay or dough into thin snakes to help get it through and into the balloon.
Filling the Balloon
Observe safety precautions while filling balloons.Use caution when performing the pouring and cutting required in filling party balloons. Adults should supervise or perform parts of this process for children.
- Use scissors carefully when cutting balloons. You can also avoid spills of the filling by laying down newspaper or another covering over your work area.
- Take care if you have a latex allergy, in which case you should opt for balloons made of Mylar or another material instead of the common latex.
- Adults should handle balloons for infants and toddlers, as balloons and balloon pieces are a choking hazard.
Stretch out a standard party balloon.Use your fingers to gently stretch out a latex balloon in all directions. This will make the material of the balloon more flexible for filling.
- You can also blow up the balloon slightly with your mouth to stretch the material.
- Make sure to stretch out the neck of the balloon, which will be crucial in getting your filling to pour through it easily.
Insert a funnel into the neck of the balloon.Put a funnel into the neck of the balloon to pour filling in easier. You may be able to roll the neck of the balloon over the tip of the funnel so it holds itself there securely.
- If you don’t have a plastic or metal funnel on hand, simply roll a piece of paper into a cone shape. Make sure the small end is narrow enough to fit into the neck of your balloon but wide enough to let your filling material through. Tape your paper funnel together so it doesn’t unroll while filling.
- You can also make your own funnel by cutting the top half of a water bottle off and using the mouth of the bottle to put into the balloon.
Pour in the filling.Use about ¼ cup of your preferred filling material to pour into the balloon.Hold your funnel steady and pour carefully to avoid spills.
- If the filling gets trapped in the funnel during pouring, gently shake the balloon to settle the contents, or help push the filling through with a pencil.
- Fill the round portion of the balloon with filling, no further than the base of the neck. A fuller balloon will create a firmer stress ball, while a less full balloon will create a softer, squishier one.
- Tie off the neck of the balloon tightly by making a knot in the rubber. You can double knot it for extra security.
Adding Finishing Touches
Cut off the excess balloon.Carefully cut off the excess neck of the balloon above the knot you made to close it. This will make for a smoother ball when you add another balloon.
- Be carefully when cutting the excess that you don’t cut into the knot itself, or any other part of the balloon.
- For a perfectly round and smooth ball, you can actually hold the balloon very carefully and cut the neck off completely so there is no knot. Then you must cover the hole immediately with another balloon to seal it.
Wrap with a second balloon.Cut the neck off of another balloon, then stretch the opening wide and fit it around your filled and tied balloon. This keeps it secure and less likely to break or spill.
- Cut more from the top of your balloon to create a wider hole if you have trouble fitting it over your ball. Note that the hole will be obvious if you use two different colors for the first and second balloon.
- Put your cut balloon over the knot of the first balloon to cover it and keep the surface of your ball more smooth.
- You can put as many layers of additional balloons on your ball as you want for extra security. Note that your ball will become firmer and less squishy the more balloon layers you put on.
Decorate the outer balloon if desired.Adorn your stress ball with images, words, or other decorations that will make you happy and contribute to reducing stress. You can use pens, markers, or anything else that will stick to the surface of the balloon.
- Try cutting shapes into the top balloon layer before you pull it over the ball. If you use a different color as the balloon underneath, this creates an interesting contrasting pattern.
- Try drawing a happy face on your stress ball, or some inspiring words that will help you relax or de-stress.
QuestionWhat else can I put in a stress ball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can put sand, beads, lentil beans, or any other beans too. You can put almost anything as long as it is not wet, then it will get moldy.Thanks!
QuestionIf I add water to the flour for filling will the balloon pop easily?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can add water to a flour filling for more of a squishy texture. Just note that if you mix it ahead of time, the dough can be difficult to get into the balloon, and if you pour in the flour and water separately, they may not mix easily and the balloon could pop. The presence of water in the ball also means it can go bad or harden over time.Thanks!
QuestionCan I make it scented?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can, but it might wear off easily. If you put the scent on the inside, it might go moldy, so you need to find something dry for scenting it with.Thanks!
QuestionHow long does the stress ball last?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on how hard you squeeze it. If you want it to last, I would recommend using two balloons for added reinforcement.Thanks!
QuestionCan you make a stress ball with hair gel?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you can. I have tried it, and it feels nice.Thanks!
QuestionMight my 5-year-old pop the ball, and would it ruin my carpet?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf he is biting and chewing on it, it could pop and suffocate him. Please do not make this stress ball for your child.Thanks!
QuestionWill it take a long time to make?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt all depends if you are good at following directions and if you are a hard worker. It should only take a few minutes, though.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I cannot put the second balloon on the first one?AnjaliCommunity AnswerYou only need to put the second balloon on it if you are using something that might poke through the balloon, like birdseed.Thanks!
QuestionCan I put slime in the balloon instead? Will it be stretchy or something?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBeing kept in a balloon may cause it to mold, especially since it is sealed.Thanks!
QuestionCould you use water balloons for the stress ball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, water balloons aren't durable enough for long-term use.Thanks!
To make a balloon stress ball, start by stretching out the balloon with your fingers to make it more flexible for the filling. Then, insert a funnel into the neck of the balloon and pour in ¼ cup of flour for a soft, malleable ball, or 1/4 cup of dried beans for a firmer ball. Next, tie off the neck of the balloon and cut off the excess material at the end. Afterwards, cut off the neck of another balloon and wrap it around the first balloon to make the ball more secure and less likely to break.
Things You'll Need
2 (or more) balloons
Filling: Dry beans, flour, playdough, etc.
Funnel (or rolled piece of paper/top half of plastic bottle)
Markers or other items for decoration (optional)
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