Relieve Your Anxiety And See How To Make A Stress Ball

Have you ever tried making a doorstop, a scrunchie or a pair of earrings? What do these have in common? They are just crafts! And crafts help you relax! Have you been feeling a little tense lately? We’ve got you covered, so don’t worry. Meet your new best friend: a stress ball! It is a pleasant and pliable sensory toy that can be used for stress management on the go. Adults and children can squeeze the toy in their hands and move their fingers around to relieve muscle tension and stress, as well as to exercise the hand.

Young woman pressing stressballwhile talking on mobile phone

They can help you relax and lower your blood pressure. Toss one in your bag before a hectic day, or keep one at your desk for convenient stress relief. They are easy to make with simple materials. By the time you finish reading this article, you will be able to make your own stress ball at home.

How to make a stress ball with a balloon step-by-step

All you need for a homemade stress ball is a balloon and a good filling. Follow the steps below:

Hand squeezing yellow ballon

1. Stretch out a typical party balloon

Gently stretch a latex balloon in all directions using your fingers. This will make the balloon’s filling material more flexible. 

You can also stretch the material by slightly blowing up the balloon with your mouth. Make sure to spread out the balloon’s neck since this will let your filling flow freely through it.

2. Insert a funnel through the balloon’s neck

To make pouring the filler easier, insert a funnel into the neck of the balloon. You might be able to roll the balloon’s neck over the funnel’s tip and have it stay in place.  If you don’t have a plastic or metal funnel on hand, make a cone out of a piece of paper. 

Make sure the little end fits into the neck of your balloon but is broad enough to allow your filling material to pass through. Tape the ends of the paper funnel together, so they don’t unroll while you’re filling it. 

You can also create your own funnel by removing the top half of a plastic bottle, such as a water bottle, and inserting it into the balloon.

3. Choose the right filling material

To make a soft and flexible ball, fill your balloon with all-purpose baking flour. This flour stress ball will provide you with a soft, squishy touch that will more or less keep the shape you give it. 

You can also use other popular powdered baking ingredients, such as cornstarch or baking soda. If you have sand on hand, use it for a slightly grainier texture.

For a harder ball, fill your balloon with small dry beans, lentils, grains, or birdseed. This will result in a harder, more textured ball, similar to that of a bean bag. Although this form of filler does not produce a squishy stress ball, it is easier to get into the balloon and makes less of a mess if spilt.

To fill your balloon, you can also use a modelling clay product like playdough, or if you feel creative enough you can create your own playdough at home. This will give you a spongy ball that keeps its shape nicely. Additionally, you can also fill it with Orbeez, and you are going to love that sensory play that you will just want to keep squeezing for hours.

Bowl with corn starch and kernels on table

4. Now fill in the balloon

Fill the balloon with roughly a quarter cup of your preferred filling material. To avoid spills, keep your funnel firm and pour slowly. 

If the filling becomes stuck in the funnel while pouring, gently shake the balloon to settle the contents or use a pencil to help push the filling through. 

Fill the circular portion of the balloon up to the base of the neck with filler. A fuller balloon will result in a stiffer ball, whereas a less full balloon will result in a softer, squishier ball. 

Make a tight knot in the rubber to secure the balloon’s neck. You can double knot it if you want to be extra safe.

Finishing touches to make it fun

Carefully cut off the balloon’s excess neck above the knot you tied to shut it. Make sure you don’t cut into the knot or any other part of the balloon when cutting the excess.

Wrap a second balloon around the first. Just make sure to cut the neck off the second one first, then stretch the opening wide, and wrap it around your filled and tied balloon. This keeps it safe and prevents it from breaking or spilling.

If you’re having difficulties fitting your balloon over your ball, do extra cuts from the top to create a wider hole. If you choose two different colours for the first and second balloons, the hole will be visible.

If desired, you can also decorate the exterior of the ball with photos, words, drawings, emojis or some free printables that make you feel joyful while also helping you to relax. You can decorate the balloon with pens, markers, or anything else that sticks to the surface.

Hand pressing stress ball on white computer

How to make stress balls without using a balloon

Here are all the materials you will need in this easy tutorial:

  • Glue
  • Cotton balls
  • A bowl
  • Shaving cream
  • Contact solution
  • Paint
  • A spatula

Now, here’s what you need to do:

1. Place the bowl on a solid surface, such as a table or a wooden bench

Ideally, you’ll want to have a big flat surface where you can put all of your components while still having enough room to make the mixture for your DIY stress ball

The standard (medium) bowl size is recommended, although a larger bowl isn’t a bad idea either. It will be sufficient if the bowl can hold all of the required ingredients for the preparation.

2. Pour some glue into the bowl’s bottom

Because there will be a lot of glue involved in making the ball, we recommend using a bowl that you don’t use very often or that you don’t need any longer

Glue on woden table

The amount of glue you should use depends on the bowl you’re using. The goal is to use glue to cover the bottom half of the bowl.

3. Add shaving cream

It is difficult to precisely quantify the amount of glue you used in the bowl, but at least you are expected here to estimate the amount of glue you used and then add 6 times a shaving cream. Shaving cream of any kind will be just fine.

4. Stir the solution thoroughly with the spatula

We recommend using a spatula that you may not need in the future, just as we recommended using a bowl you may not need either – due to the adhesive texture that may be difficult to clean off afterwards. 

You should stir the mixture for 3 to 4 minutes, but feel free to stir it for longer if you want to ensure that these two ingredients are well blended.

5. Add paint

Food colour paint is the ideal choice because it is light and won’t have a significant impact on the mixture. Although alcohol-based paint can work too, it may have an adverse effect on the mixture

Continue to stir with a spatula as you progressively add paint until it reaches the desired hue.

6. Add contact solution and stir vigorously 

Any contact solution will be fine, and you should gradually include it into the coloured mixture while mixing it with a spatula. 

The goal is to keep adding contact solution until the mixture has a slime-like texture that you can mould.

7. Remove the contents of the bowl and lay it on a flat surface

This will ensure that the mixture is as dry as possible so that it can be shaped properly. 

8. Flatten the slime as it lies on the flat surface

You can flatten the slime with your hands, but we highly recommend using a plastic-like tool to avoid stickiness.

9. Break the cotton balls down into smaller balls

This is one of the most crucial steps in making your slime mixture into a squeeze ball

Box full of white cotton balls

Before mixing the cotton balls with the flattened slime mixture, it’s critical to break them down into very little pieces, around the size of 3 grains of rice.

10. Embed the balls in your slime paste 

Set them on top of it until the cotton balls are broken down. It all comes down to incorporating the shattered cotton balls into the mixture. Keep in mind, however, that you should not overdo it.

11. Fold the slime paste in half and roll it into a ball

It should feel substantial in the palm of your hand now. This is the point at which you’ll see how your DIY mixture has transformed into a stress ball.
To continue at this point, fold the previously flattened slime paste into a ball and roll it over. For the time being, don’t be concerned about the ball’s shape. Just make sure the mixture is quite solid when you hold it in your palm.

The benefits of using a stress ball

Stress balls are one of the coolest DIY fidget toys ever. These are some of the advantages you get:

  1. They ease muscle strain and stress while also exercising your hand muscles. It’s a well-established fact that squeezing the stress ball repeatedly releases tension, which helps you to calm down.
  2. However, most people are unaware that, in addition to providing emotional relief, stress balls can also stabilise blood circulation at a good level. After all, you’re engaging in physical, sensory activities, even if it’s not particularly strenuous. The motion is still an effective way to keep you moving.
  3. Finally, there is one advantage that nearly no one is aware of: they can aid in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and even arthritis.colourful stress balls on wooden table

Now you know how to make your own stress ball with or without a balloon. Whatever one you choose, you’re going to love squeezing your new best friend! This article showed you the right steps. So, what are you waiting for?

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