How to Make a Stress Ball

How to Make A Stress Ball

Lauren Murphy

Project Overview
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

A stress ball is a fun and malleable toy that's a great tool for portable stress relief. Both adults and children can squeeze the toy in their hands, moving their fingers around to relieve muscle tension, stress, and to exercise the hand. Beyond being a toy, stress balls may help make you feel relaxed and lower your blood pressure. Toss one in your bag before you start a busy day or keep one at your desk for convenient stress relief.

Make your own DIY-crafted stress ball at home. Creating your own stress ball can be a creative way to release pressure and have fun making a squishy and playful item. You can even customize your own by choosing your favorite color (or a calming one, such as blue) and adding stickers or colored patterns.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Funnel
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker (optional)


  • Small, round balloon
  • 1 cup Cornstarch


  1. Blow up the Balloon

    Blow up the balloon until it is about 4 to 5 inches in diameter. Do not tie it, but keep the balloon inflated as best you can.

    blow up your balloon
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  2. Pinch It Closed

    Pinch the top of the balloon shut, about 1 to 2 inches 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.

    pinch balloon closed
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  3. Insert the Funnel

    Place a funnel inside the opening of the balloon while still pinching the balloon closed. You may need help securing the funnel inside the balloon. Don’t worry if your balloon deflates a little, as this tends to happen during this step.

    insert funnel into balloon
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  4. Fill Your Balloon With Cornstarch

    Fill the top of the funnel with cornstarch using your free hand (or enlist a helper). It works best to add a small amount of cornstarch at a time.

    fill balloon with corn starch
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  5. Slowly Release Pinched Fingers

    Carefully begin replacing the air with cornstarch by slowly letting go of where you're pinching the balloon so the cornstarch can slide into it. If you go too quickly, the air leaving the balloon will blow the cornstarch into the air and make a mess.

    Continue adding cornstarch to the funnel until the balloon is filled to a depth of about 3 inches. Continue adding small amounts of cornstarch to your funnel, moving slowly, and swirl the cornstarch around with your finger to help work it into the base of the funnel and into the balloon.

    fill balloon with corn starch
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  6. Squeeze out the Excess Air

    Pull up tightly on the opening of the balloon and pinch out any extra air. In order to have an effective stress ball that won’t pop, it’s important to eliminate any extra air that’s inside your balloon. All of your stress ball’s contents should be cornstarch.

    squeeze out air from corn starch filled balloon
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  7. Tie the Balloon Closed

    Tie the balloon closed as near to the cornstarch as you can. Use scissors to cut off any excess balloon, making sure not to cut too close to the knot on the balloon.

    cut off excess balloon of stress ball
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  8. Decorate the Stress Ball

    Decorate the stress ball with stickers or permanent markers as desired. Choose your favorite colors to make your new toy your own and add fun patterns to show off your artistic skills. Now you’re ready for stress relief on-the-go with your very own DIY stress ball!

    Decorated Stress Balls
    Lauren Murphy

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