This post is sponsored by CVS.
I don’t know about you, but the holiday season brings out a little bit of stress in this girl. I practice self-care–exercising, drinking enough water, monthly massages, daily stretching… everything I’m supposed to do. But the stress hits hard this time of year. I do know that it’s not possible to do it all, but that doesn’t seem to help me avoid trying.
These stress balls can be found all over my house. I pick one up when I’m thinking about writing or while I’m watching TV. I truly think it has reduced my stress level for the past few weeks. I can’t entirely explain how, but moving something around in my hand is a good way to get rid of some stress energy.
Materials for one stress ball
I purchased my materials at my local CVS Pharmacy–don’t forget to check your ExtraCare Rewards to see if any of these materials are on sale.
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup flour
- 4 balloons of one color (I used 9 inch balloons)
- 1 balloon of one color
- super glue
- jar funnel
Directions for One Stress Ball:
1.Wrap your balloon around the jar funnel.
2. Place the funnel with the balloon attached on the top of a drinking glass. Pour flour into the funnel. Use your fingers to press the flour down into the balloon and stretch it out a bit.
Note: Pay attention to the balloon on the funnel. The more you push and stretch the balloon to get the flour in, the more it will begin to slip off the funnel and may slip right off, making flour go everywhere!
3. You may want to remove the funnel from the glass. Hold the base of the funnel and balloon with one hand and use your other hand to push the flour into the balloon. This will keep the balloon on the funnel.
4. All of the flour may not fit into the balloon, do the best you can. When finished, remove the balloon from the funnel.
5. If there’s flour in the neck of the balloon, gently pat and push it down onto a surface so the flour settles. I found that sometimes pushing a hole in the center of the flour inside the balloon, right where the neck meets the balloon usually allows the flour to drop down into the balloon.
6. Wipe the flour off the balloon and remove the neck of the balloon with scissors.
7. Cut the remaining 3 balloon necks off.
8. Wrap the remaining same color balloons around the ball. Secure the last balloon by running super glue around the opening and adhering it to the other balloon.
9. Cut the neck of the 1 odd color balloon off. Use scissors to cut circles into the balloon.
10. Wrap this balloon around the ball and secure with super glue at the neck opening. Set to dry.