How to Make a Stress Ball Without a Balloon? (5 Steps)

In this brief guide, we will look at how to make a stress ball without a balloon, as well as other methods to make a stress ball, like how to make a stress ball without glue or slime.

How to Make a Stress Ball Without a Balloon?

Here is what you need to make a stress ball without a balloon:

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

An overview of steps in how to make a stress ball without a balloon:

  • Take a bowl
  • Pour glue in it so it covers the base
  • Add shaving cream into the glue and mix well
  • Add contact solution and mix well
  • Add paint (food color, optional step)
  • Mix everything well
  • Break small cotton balls into tiny pieces
  • Start mixing that in with the slime you have just made
  • Start rolling it into a ball and adding more cotton as needed
  • Check consistency and roll into a ball.

It can be very rewarding to make a stress ball yourself, and there are many ways to do it, you do not have to make a stress ball strictly with a certain object like a balloon.

To make a stress ball without a balloon using the ingredients mentioned above, here is what you need to do:

First keep the bowl on a stable and flat surface; something like a wooden bench or table should do the job.

You need to have the surface where you have kept the bowl cleared so that you have plenty of space to work with when you make your stress ball without a balloon.

You can use a regular or medium-sized bowl, but if you don’t have these you can use a big one too, it just needs to be able to hold all the ingredients you will be mixing for this stress ball.

Start with putting some glue in the bowl, you need to make sure that the bottom of the bowl is covered with glue, and you also need to make sure that you are using a bowl that you no longer need and can afford to ruin with the glue.

Next you need to add some shaving cream, the ratio should be six times the amount of glue you Just added.

Take the spatula and stir the solution well till everything is mixed up..

This step is optional, because you need to add paint only if you want an aesthetically pleasing stress ball, and if you would like that then go ahead and add whatever paint you want, as long as it is food color based, as that won’t affect the mixture too much.

Next you need to add some contact solution, stir vigorously, and you will find that the mixture becomes Slime, just make sure to add contact solution gradually.

Once you have mixed everything well, place the bowl in a way that removes the excess liquid from the mixture, and clean the surface afterwards.

Make the slime flat on the flat surface you have been using. You can use your hands to flatten it but a plastic surface of some time would be better since it won’t stick to the slime..

Now you need the cotton balls, break them down into smaller Balls that are about the size of grains of rice, and start embedding them into the flattened slime paste until the cotton balls are broken down.

Fold up the flat slime paste that you have just added the cotton to, and roll it up into a ball, it should feel somewhat solid in your hand at this point.

Flatten the slime some more and add more cotton balls after breaking them down, and roll them into balls when you are happy with the slime-cotton consistency, which you can decide by holding it in your hand.

Finally, roll the slime paste into a neat little ball and congratulate yourself, because you just make a stress ball without a balloon and with minimal ingredients!

How to make a stress ball without slime?

Most DIY stress balls will likely use slime, which is not something that is always readily available to people, so if you don’t have slime and want to make a stress ball, here are some things you will need:

  • Flour/Rice
  • Balloon
  • Funnel
  • Strong Thread
  • Sock

Here is what you need to do to make a stress ball without slime:

  • Place the funnel into a balloon’s neck
  • Pour rice/flour down the funnel little by little into the balloon
  • Shake the balloon properly to ensure all the flour is distributed somewhat evenly.
  • Tie the balloon off with a stereng thread or by stretching the neck itself.
  • Optional step: place the tied up balloon into a sock for added texture when you squeeze the ball.

How to make a stress ball without a balloon or cornstarch?

To make a stress ball without a balloon or cornstarch, you may need the following ingredients:

  • Rice
  • A Sock
  • A funnel

This is the simplest diy stress ball you will ever read about, it literally takes just the three ingredients mentioned above, and it does the job just as much as the fancy expensive ones, or the detailed ones that need all sorts of ingredients to make, and also creates a mess.

To make this extremely simple stress ball without a balloon or cornstarch, here is what you need to do:

  • Take a sock that you no longer use (wash it first!)
  • Put a funnel in the neck
  • Slowly and gradually pour the rice into the sock
  • Once the sock is full enough that you can tie it, remove the funnel
  • Tie the sock up in itself, and cut off the excess cloth once the knot is secure
  • You now have a stress ball!

Note: Because this stress ball uses rice, which is made up of individual grains, make sure to fill the sock only so much that there is still some give in it when you squeeze it.

Also make sure when you are filling the sock that you are measuring the size of the ball to the palm of the person who will be using it, and make sure you use the right amount of rice.

How to make a stress ball with a plastic bag?

To make a stress ball with a plastic bag, you need the following ingredients:

A plastic bag (ziplock bag will do)

Rice or flour (flour is more messy)

Something to tie the bag off, maybe a rubber band

Scissors

To make a stress ball with a plastic bag, follow these steps:

  • Fill a sandwich ziploc bag, or any other plastic bag that you are using, with just enough flour or rice that it leaves some room for squishing..
  • Move the rice or flour down to the left or right corner of the bag to create a ball.
  • Measure the size of the ball
  • Tie the bag off with a thread or rubber band
  • Cut off the excess bag part, but don’t cut too close to where you have tied it else it’ll open.
  • Start releasing stress with this stress ball!

If you have been experiencing stress or just feel weird and wrong, check out the symptoms of stress and get help if you need it.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we looked at how to make a stress ball without a balloon, as well as other methods to make a stress ball, like how to make a stress ball without glue or slime.

Stress balls are a very good way to deal with acute stress, as well as deal with stress when one is out of their home, or in a situation where doing other things for stress is just not possible.

There are many ways to deal with stress, and stress balls are just one method that provide the person with an external object to focus their negative feelings on.

Additionally, if you are suffering from stress, making your own stress ball with cornstarch or slime or balloons or any of the other ingredients can be a very motivating process because it has been seen that engaging in physical activity that is done with the idea of bettering the individual’s life is always very stress busting.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How to make a stress ball without a balloon?

How do you make a stress ball without making a mess?

To make a stress ball without making a mess, you may do the following things:

Make sure you stretch out your balloon properly.
Choose your filling carefully, you may choose between rice or flour.
Put a funnel in the neck of the balloon, it makes the risk of mess quite low.
Slowly fill the balloon, careful not to spill anything.
Take out the funnel and let out as much air from the balloon as you can while watching for spills. 
Tie the balloon up tightly and carefully.
Cut off the excess rubber from the neck.

How do you make a stress ball out of a ziplock bag?

To make a stress ball out of a Ziplock bag, you can start by filling a regular ziploc bag with about 1/4 cup of flour or rice, based on availability.

You need to then move the filling of rice or flour down to the left or right corner of the bag to create a ball-like structure, and then you can stretch a balloon over the ball of rice/flour.
 
You can also use a second balloon and stretch it over in the opposite direction so that you can cover the first balloon’s opening.

Can you make a stress ball with flour and water?

Yes, you can make a stress ball with flour and water, and for this you need a funnel, about 1 cup of flour, water and a balloon or ziplock bag to fill the flour mixture in.

What can you fill a stress ball with?

You can fill a stress ball with something pliable and squishy that will give when you squeeze the ball, so something like a mixture of flour or rice can work very well as a filling in a stress ball.

Other things that you can fill a stress ball with include cornstarch, (also called cornflour) dry rice lentils, small beans, split peas, fine play sand and slime.

What is inside a stress ball?

Foam is usually inside a stress ball, and the liquid components of the foam are injected into a mold. 

This results in a chemical reaction that creates carbon dioxide bubbles as a byproduct, which is what then turns into foam that creates the illing for the Stress balls.

Stress balls that are used in physical therapy are sometimes also filled with a gel that is different.

What are the best stress balls?

Here is a list of some of the best stress balls:

Fitness Insanity Hand Grip Strength Trainer Kit.
Elbo Star Hand Therapy Stress Ball. 
321 STRONG Grip Balls. 
PBPBOX Hand Therapy Ball. 
InsidersPro Stress Relief Ball. 
voidbiov Hand Squeeze Stress Balls Set with Carry Bag.

Citations

https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Stress-Ball

https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/make-stress-ball-home/

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.

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