DIY Super Cool Squishy Stress Ball! How to Make The Coolest Stress Ball!
How to Make a Stress Ball
Stress balls are easy to make from easily available materials. All you need is a few balloons and the right material to put in them. If you want your stress ball to feel more similar to a commercial stress ball, the sewing method may give you the results you're looking for.
Making a Stress Balloon
Gather an uninflated balloon.Don't use water balloons, which are too thin and weak for this purpose, and will easily burst.
Choose a filling.For a typical palm-sized stress ball, you'll need approximately 160 to 240 grams (5.6 to 8.5 oz) of filling. Any of these will do:
- For a firm stress ball, use flour, baking soda, or cornstarch (a white powder called cornflour in the Commonwealth).
- For a looser stress ball, use dry rice lentils, small beans, or split peas, or fine play sand from a hardware store.
- Mix a small amount of dried rice into flour for something in between. This is also more durable than flour alone.
Blow up the balloon slightly (optional).This isn't always necessary but can be useful if the balloon isn't elastic enough to fit the filling. Blow it up to about 3 to 5 inches (7.6 to 12.7 cm) across, then pinch the neck shut without tying it.
- This is easiest to do with a clip or assistant to hold it closed.
- This can make the filling process messier if the air escapes while you're filling it.
Stick a funnel into the neck.If you do not have a funnel, spoon the filling into a plastic bottle instead, and fit the balloon over the neck. A plastic cup pinched to form a spout will work too, but tends to make a mess.
Fill the balloon slowly.For a typical palm-sized ball, you'll want to fill the balloon approximately 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) deep. Pour slowly to avoid clogging the neck of the balloon.
- If it clogs, use a pencil or spoon handle to clear the opening.
Pinch out excess air and tie closed.Remove the balloon from the funnel and let out as much air as you can. Tie the neck of the balloon closed tightly.
- To release the air, pinch near the neck and separate your finger and thumb slightly. Too wide an opening can blow flour everywhere.
Snip off the excess rubber.Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut off the dangling end of the balloon. Don't try to cut too close to the knot, or it could come undone.
Sewing a Stress Ball
Wrap a small rubber ball in memory foam.You can find the rubber ball from children's toy stores, and memory foam at some fabric stores or specialized online stores. You'll want a piece of memory foam roughly 3.5 x 5 inches (9 x 12.5 cm) in size, and anywhere from 1 to 3 inches (2.5–7.5 cm) thick. A thicker piece of memory foam will make a softer, more squeezable stress ball.
Sew the foam around the rubber ball.Wrap the foam around the rubber ball and sew the memory foam together with needle and thread to enclose the ball completely. Snip off excess memory foam if necessary to make a rough spherical shape.
Finish by sewing a sock or piece of thick fabric around the memory foam.An old sock will provide a durable outer covering, but you can use a thick piece of fabric instead. Snip the sock or fabric to make it a tight sphere around the memory foam. Your squeeze ball is now complete.
QuestionWhat can I use instead of a funnel for Method 1?Community AnswerYou can cut a water bottle in half and use the part with the mouth piece as a funnel.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use something like water gel or slime instead to make a super squishy stress ball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAbsolutely! Just use the balloon method, but instead of flour use slime and you should have perfect results!Thanks!
QuestionCould I put soap and lotion in the balloon?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes -- those materials would work as well. Instead of using a funnel, screw open the cap of the soap and/or lotion bottle and stretch the balloon over it. For a more clean (but time-consuming) version, stretch the balloon over the pump and pump the soap/lotion in that way. If the bottle doesn't have a pump, use the first method above.Thanks!
QuestionCan I put slime in it and wrap it around with a net, so I could get a really cool looking stress ball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you can put slime in the stress ball and it would get good results. Also, a net might make it look awesome. Try it.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I substitute for cornstarch but still get the same feel?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUse flour.Thanks!
QuestionCan I put cornstarch mixed with water inside of the balloon?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, but that would make it squishier.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use Kinetic Sand?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionCan I use a water balloon instead?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou could, but it would not be recommended. Water balloons are too weak and flimsy for this purpose.Thanks!
QuestionWould this help my depression and stress?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPlaying with a stress ball (squeezing it, squishing it, etc.) has been known to greatly decrease levels of stress, so yes, most likely.Thanks!
QuestionIs it better to add water to cornstarch stress balls?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAdding water to cornstarch is a good idea. It creates a substance call oobleck which is both hard and squishy.Thanks!
What could you use instead of a balloon?
What is pressed wax? We are trying to make a stress balloon and want to use the wax instead of using corn starch for a school project.
What is the result of these kind of mixture?
How much flour do I put in?
Will it still be pliable if I use water and flour, but added more flour?
Things you'll need
One balloon (not a water balloon)
160 to 240 grams (5.6 to 8.5 oz) flour, baking soda, cornstarch, fine play sand, dried rice, lentils, beans, or split peas
Funnel or plastic bottle
Needle and thread
Small rubber ball
- Permanent marker is an easy way to decorate the ball.
- Cornstarch and a small spoonful of water will make a stress ball that's soft when handled gently and becomes firm when squeezed. Leave this for about 20 minutes before using, while the cornstarch becomes wet. This type of stress ball has a shorter lifespan.
- Don't add too much water when adding water to the cornstarch or it will become too liquid.
- Make sure not to fill it up too much!
- Fill it with orbeez and use a clear balloon!
- Using kinetic sand will make it more squishy and fun to play with!
- Don't put water with the flour in your stress ball. It will turn into playdough!
- Put a hair net over the stress ball. This will create a really cool effect when you squeeze it!
- Put slime in the stress ball to make it squishier.
- You can fill your stress ball with toothpaste for a squishier texture.
- Fillings with water or salt can weaken the balloon rubber and wear out the stress ball more quickly.
- Wrapping multiple balloons around your stress balloon will add more friction, making it more likely to break.
Short Video: How to Make a Stress Ball
To make a stress ball, slip a funnel into the neck of a sturdy balloon. If you want to make a firm stress ball, pour flour, baking soda, or cornstarch into the balloon. If you want your stress ball to be softer, use lentils, split peas, or fine play sand. You can also mix a little rice into your filling if you like. Slowly pour your filling into the funnel, and use a pencil to clear the funnel if it gets clogged. Pinch out any excess air and tie the balloon closed, then snip off any excess rubber from the end of the balloon. For tips on sewing a stress ball, read on!
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