I made a post about how to make a stress ball, which you can read here. Today I decided to follow up that post with a list of what I’ve tried in stress balls and some comments about the filler.
If you can’t decide what to put inside your stress ball, or if you’d like some ideas, hopefully this post will give you some inspiration.
Flour is the typical thing to put in stress balls. When I have a stress ball people often say “I know someone who made/has one of those with flour in it.” I personally like some of the less typical things better, but flour is still pretty cool. Stress balls made with flour are pretty soft, and you can poke and mold them, and they will usually hold their shape pretty well.
Slime, Cloud Dough, and Floam
Slime is one of my favorite things to make stress balls out of, and it’s also the first thing I did. It’s kind of hard to get in the balloon – I usually stuff it in or oil the funnel first – but I think it’s worth it. If you add fake snow to the slime it makes cloud dough, which is a similar texture to slime but more dough like. If you add foam beads to the slime it makes floam, which is also a similar texture, but kind of crunchy and mold-able.
Water beads are super fun to put in balloons. If you add a lot of water the water beads float around, or if you add no water they get all crushed up into a cool texture. If you add just a little bit of water they usually stay whole, but you can still feel the water beads. I like to put a few water beads in a balloon and then fill it up with water and let them grow, then see how it turns out, but for more control you can grow them in a water bottle and then add water if you want, and put them in the balloon from there.
Fake snow, or instant snow as it is often called, feels kind of like warm snow. If you change how much water you add the texture is different. You can buy fake snow, but it’s also the stuff you can find in clean diapers if you cut them open. We had a few from when there were little kids in the house, and I just cut them open and use that.
Ooblick (Cornstarch and water) is kind of messy to get into the balloon, and after sitting for awhile you have to play with it a bit to mix the cornstarch and water together, but after that’s done it feels really cool. You can squeeze it till it’s hard and then it will return to it’s original shape.
Chia seeds are pretty easy to get into a balloon with a funnel, and pretty fun. The texture is hard to explain, but it’s one of my favorites.
Epsom Salt, Salt, Sand, and Cocoa
They all feel about the same, but you can make the salts different colors. The cocoa is more powdery, and it smells really good, but it’s kind of expensive to put in a balloon.
Macaroni, Beans, Lentils, and Beads
They all feel kind of lumpy. They usually aren’t anyone’s favorite, but they aren’t the worst.
When people are guessing what is in a balloon they often guess water. I don’t put just water in a balloon because I think it’s boring, I add it to cornstarch, orbeez or fake snow, or sometimes I’ll do one with water and glitter.
Toothpaste, Shaving Cream, and Aloe Vera
These all made a mess. Some people like the toothpaste ones, but it wasn’t really worth it. The shaving cream was cool, but it deflated after about a day.
The balloons I made with these were really light and felt like there was only air in them, but when you squeeze them they crunch. My mom wouldn’t touch them, and no one else particularly likes them either.
I made one with pine needles because I thought it would be cool, but everyone hated the texture. The two I made ended up selling at my craft sale actually, (They were the only two left) but no one really liked them.
Then I made one more because why not, and then I put a yellow balloon on it and drew a bumblebee, so that it “stings” you. It was cute, but people don’t like the texture.
Yarn and Stuffing
These just don’t really work.
I got the idea from a bottle with water and oil in it sitting on my desk. I like to turn it upside down and watch it. So I thought if I put it in a clear balloon it would have the same effect. Well it was really cool, but I had colored the water with tie dye, and when the balloon popped, the oil and tie dye got everywhere and made a huge mess. So it was cool, but I didn’t think it was worth it.
So there’s my list. If you still can’t decide I would start with water beads or chia seeds, which are two of my favorites.
If you have any questions leave a comment and I’ll try to answer it!