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I’ve wondered for a while how to make a stress ball with a homemade balloon and I love this simple and easy technique. It’s an easy craft for kids, and using a homemade stress ball is a great way to be mindful of our emotions. This DIY balloon stress ball is an easy activity.
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.
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I tried it and it really worked
I can’t wait to try this it looks soo cool!
I work in a busy office with eight other girls and our boss is a proper slimeball, always making inappropriate comments and leering at us.
one of the girls makes stressballs similar to this for all our children and occasionally brings in new designs for our approval.
Recently after Mr.Slimeball had again upset one of the girls, she brought in a new one for each of us, calling them slimeballs. They were obviously complicated to make, but we all love them and we took her out for a drink as a thankyou. What she had done was to make two small balls, oval in shape, around two cm by three, using a flour mix. She then turned a slightly larger balloon inside out, lubricated it with gel, and turned it back again around the smaller balls so they were inside the larger balloon. She added more gel, squeezed out all the air. then sealed the neck with superglue, trimming off the excess neck afterwards. Genius!
We all keep one in our desks, and whenever he starts acting up we hold it in our hand and squeeze the hell out of it!
Obviously these are only appropriate for adult women, but they are brilliant and hilarious, and if someone made these for sale they would make a fortune!