Introduction: How to Make a Stress Ball

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  • Balloons
  • Bowl
  • Food coloring
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Liquid starch
  • Measuring cup
  • Scissors
  • Spoons
  • Water bottle
  • Wax paper
  • 7.625 oz bottle of Elmer's glue

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Tear off a piece of wax paper so that you can put the putty on it later.

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Cut two inches down from the top of a water bottle.

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Remove the lid from the water bottle.

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Take the cap off of the bottle of Elmer's glue and empty it into a bowl.

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Add three drops of food coloring of your choice to the bowl. When the stress ball is complete you will be able to see the food coloring when you squeeze it.

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Using a spoon mix the glue and the food coloring together.

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Add 1/8th cup of liquid starch to the bowl.

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Using your hands mix the glue and the liquid starch until you have a putty like substance.

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Move the putty from the bowl to the wax paper and role it around for approximately 3 minutes.

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Stretch the balloon out so that the putty will go into it easier later.

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Put the balloon all the way around the lip of the water bottle.

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Place the entire blob of putty on the top of the water bottle.

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Push the putty through the top of the water bottle using the other end of the spoon so that it goes into the balloon.

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Remove the balloon from the water bottle.

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Tie the balloon.


The cloud 1808 (author)2016-03-10

threw *

The cloud 1808 (author)2016-03-10

I made like 4 and through them and make colorful bombs I hit my boyfriend and his hair was blue for a week lol thanks for some good laughs

k52kueter (author)2016-03-06

I make these for my sons as well as the elementary school for kids who are anxious or stressed. I use different items to fill the balloons, feel free to play to find the right texture for you. I have used with success: Cornstarch, Flour, Baby Powder, Play doh, or Sand-this one works the best for me and I like to double up the balloon to prevent it from bursting.

SueK12 (author)2016-03-05

I wondered what size glue oz. and why the food coloring if it is in a balloon?

narrowyoureyes (author)2016-03-05

I was wondering, for the people who don't have most of those materials, could you just use flour?

hovawart (author)2016-03-03

1/8 cup = 2 Tbs

wold630 (author)2016-03-03

Nice documentation! I didn't know it was so easy to make a stress ball! I've always wondered what was inside them!

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