Feeling a little stressed? You've no doubt seen people squeezing stress balls before. Now you're going to craft a DIY stress ball right in your own kitchen or craft room. Not only is this stress ball great for relieving your stress, the squishable craft also makes a fun gift for others.
Here's How to Make a Stress Ball
You don't need many supplies for this craft: a small round balloon, a funnel and about a cup of cornstarch.
A helper comes in handy as well. Stay away from using water balloons; they are too thin.
- Blow up the balloon until it is about 4 to 5 inches around, but do not tie it.
- Pinch the top of the balloon shut an inch or two from the opening leaving room for the funnel to be inserted into the neck of the balloon. (If you don't have an assistant to help, use a clip to pinch the balloon.)
- Place a funnel inside the opening of the balloon while still pinching the balloon closed an inch or two from the opening.
- Fill the top of the funnel with cornstarch using your free hand (or enlist a helper).
- Slowly let go where you are pinching the balloon so the cornstarch can slide into the balloon.
- Continue adding cornstarch to the funnel until the balloon is filled to a depth of about 3 inches.
- Pull up tightly on the opening of the balloon and pinch out any extra air.
- Tie the balloon closed as near to the cornstarch as you can. Use scissors to cut off any excess balloon, but don't cut too close to the knot on the balloon. You don't want it to come undone.
- Decorate the stress ball with stickers or permanent markers if desired.
Tips for Making a Stress Ball
- You might need to tap the funnel or stir the cornstarch occasionally to keep it moving into the balloon.
- If you decorate the stress ball, use permanent markers that won't leave stains on your hands when you squeeze the stress ball.
- Other fillers are suitable for stress balls. Flour and baking soda, like cornstarch, make a firm stress ball. For a looser stress ball, use fine play sand or split peas for the filler.
- If the rubber of your balloon seems thin, pull a second balloon over the stress ball you just made. Tie it off and trim the excess just like you did with the first balloon.
Have fun making this stress-free craft. It's not only fun to make, which relieves stress, it's great to have on hand when you have a tense moment.