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Homemade Stress Balls | How To Make Stress Balls

Updated on August 7, 2013

Fun, Cheap & Easy Ways To Make Your Own Stress Balls At Home

Want to know how to make stress balls? Making stress balls is incredibly easy! Even better, you can make stress balls very cheaply with items that you may already have at home! Here you will find some cheap, fun and easy ways to make homemade stress balls; so simple anyone can make them! Great project to do with little kids, but simple enough that older kids can make them on their own.

Stress balls are great for helping to loosen up stress-tightened muscles, but can also double as exercise balls for people recovering from hand/wrist surgery or injuries. For kids, they make great juggling balls, but I do not advise letting the cat have them!

How To Make Your Own Homemade Stress Balls

Step-By-Step As Easy As 1-2-3

Ready to make your own homemade stress balls?

You will need:

Small to medium kitchen funnel

Millet Seed

Standard Round Balloons


Take 2 or 3 balloons and cut the tops off just above the rounded area, so that all is left is the round part of the balloon.

You will also need 1 uncut balloon.


1. Take the uncut balloon and stretch over the narrow end of the funnel.

2. Place in a tall enough glass that the balloon will sit on the bottom of the glass and the funnel sits on top.

3. Slowly and carefully pour about half a cup of millet seed into the funnel, ensuring it all goes into the balloon.

4. Once the balloon is full to the top of the rounded part, without stretching the balloon, stop filling.

5. Remove the funnel and tie a tight note just above the round part of the balloon. Do not cut off the end of the balloon.

6. Take one of the cut balloons and stretch over the tied millet-filled balloon, ensuring the tied end is covered first.

7. Continue adding more cut balloons, always covering the open end of the previous balloon first. The number of balloons required is dependent upon how strong and thick the balloons are. For good quality, thick balloons, 3 in addition to the filled balloon should be enough. For weaker balloons, 4 or more may be required.

See how easy that is? Now you can make as many homemade stress balls as you want. Great for kids to make, great for kids to play with (carefully). Great gifts for your stressed friends. Not suitable for very small children or pets.

I have seen these made with flour as the main filler, and other powder-type fillers, but should one of your stress balls fall apart, millet seed is considerably easier to clean up. I have also heard of people making them with rice, but sometimes rice has sharp edges which cut the balloons. Millet seed is uniformly round with smooth surfaces that don't damage the balloons whatsoever.

Hint: With use, your stress ball will become dirty, so you can either clean carefully, or remove the outer balloon and add a fresh one. Have fun with colors!

VIDEO: Making Stress Balls - See how easy making stress balls can be

Not everyone finds following written instructions easy, so watch this video and follow along with the instructions. Short grain Rice can also be used but I personally prefer millet seed because of its round smoothness, which won't cut through the balloon. Some people also make them with flour, but I have not personally tried this as I think millet or rice are much easier to work with, and will be easier to clean up should there be a breakage.

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COMMENTS: Ready To Make Your Own Stress Balls Now?

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      I sure could use one of these most days but having to make one would just add more stress...

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      audrey07 4 years ago

      A great way to de-stress! Well, we sure need one of these with the hectic life most of us lead nowadays.

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      espressoman lm 4 years ago

      It is too stressful to make a stress ball. I think I will just buy one!

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      CoeGurl 4 years ago from USA

      You've convinced me to make my own stress balls!

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      gradientcat 4 years ago

      I have made a bunch of these. After getting the hang of the first one, the next ones are easy.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      Oh, clever! I think I'll try that.

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      AdamzPg 4 years ago

      Great idea. Defiantly gonna try these!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      I love stress balls....never thought of making my own. Cool idea!

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      aishu19 4 years ago

      Stress balls would come handy and these would be easy and fun to play.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Yes! I want to make one. Thanks for the tips.

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I didn't realize you could make homemade stress balls!

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      Toy-Tester 4 years ago

      Will definitely have to try this for my

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      victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

      Fantastic! I didn't know it was so easy to make these.

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      Funkysi 5 years ago

      Great tutorial. Maybe I will made one.

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      I've found that stress balls are good to release anger/stress, and also to relieve muscle strain from too much typing. Making your own can cost much less than buying a commercial model, and you get to choose the colours.

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      hamshi5433 5 years ago

      Yes, I so need one right now to take my stress away.

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      tfsherman lm 5 years ago

      What a different crafting idea for tweens. I've pinned it, thanks!

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      Rhonda Albom 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Great idea. My daughter made one whilst we were traveling (I can't remember which country) and the outer layer of the balloon they added extra holes so the colors from the under layer showed through. Hope that makes sense. Great directions. Blessed.

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      This is really neat. So easy when someone shows you how. Great lens.

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      Angeltraveler LM 5 years ago

      Great lens and good instructions. I will have to make two when my granddaughter comes as an activity we can do together.

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      healthimage 5 years ago

      Now that is a great idea. I'm going to make one or two of these stress balls for myself... Thanks!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      Yes, what a cool idea, a stress ball would be great :)

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      yayas 5 years ago

      What a clever idea to make your own homemade stress balls. I always wondered what was used to fill the stress balls. Awesome idea.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @intermarks: Great show but there are easier ways to make them.

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      Great lens and good info.

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      teeray 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I enjoyed watching the kids make homemade stress balls in the video displayed here. Thanks for sharing.

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      LivRiley LM 5 years ago

      Fun stuff and fun to squish!

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      haganeedle 5 years ago

      Love it!!!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This is a great how to lens. Thank for the information!

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      finalfantasyxvi 5 years ago

      Cool lesn!

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      vegetablegardenh 5 years ago

      Watching Arlene and Nick make stress balls is stress-relieving by itself. :) Great lens!

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      jwcooney 5 years ago

      Great information on this lens, I must try my hand at making a few stress balls

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Thanks! What a GREAT idea!!!! Blessed!

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      Sounds like fun, my kids are all set to try it!

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      I could start with a hundred for myself-good lens

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      casquid 5 years ago

      More fun for kids!

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      Yes! I need to make these for a few people. :)

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      BenJacklin LM 5 years ago

      No idea it was so easy, thanks!

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      BeatAnxiety 5 years ago

      I think I'm going to make one of these. Thanks a lot for the idea!

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      I made dozens of these twenty years ago with the boys... lots of fun and very durable! We also cut decorative holes out of two balloons and used them for the last layer, so that three different colours showed through on the final stress ball.

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      BTOReilly 5 years ago

      Wow. That is easy. I think it would relieve my stress better if I threw it at my bro tho.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing, nice info, i like to try some

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great fun gifts, these work well too as gag gifts.

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      My daughter made one out of flour when she was a young girl, and instead of sucking her thumb she started sucking the stress ball - till it burst in her mouth... it was seriously funny at the time... good did come out of it though, she stopped sucking both stress balls and her thumb!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Lol...the video was so cute on how to make your own stress balls. Wishing you all the best in 2012. The time truly does fly.

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      nsixx99 5 years ago

      How inventive. I will have to try that with my nephews, they always need some project to try. Then of course they will try to sell them, little entrepreneurs, they are!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Hilarious idea, everybody sitting around making stress balls. Tells you a lot about our times. I will see if my kids will do it, they might really get a kick out of it.

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      Chocolatealchemy 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Lovely Lens - what a great idea. I'll add this my as a featured Lens as your idea is a brilliant addition to my Lens.

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      Ellen Gregory 6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Good idea. If I was not retired, I would make one for everyone in my area as a Christmas gift.

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      Marie 6 years ago

      Great idea - thanks for sharing.

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      ThomasJ4 LM 6 years ago

      Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love to do this.

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      deanna6812 6 years ago

      Made quite a few of these in the past, only with rice to fill them. That works fairly well! Great "How To" lens!

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      Oh yes, these are great, we use them at school too for the kids to make their own juggling balls.

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      mukeshdaji 6 years ago

      Nice lens, now I can make my own stress balls, not that I will, but I can!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Thank you for the how-to. Have not used stress balls. This looks like an inexpensive way to give them a try.

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      This has intrigued me. This is something new and very appealing. Love the idea of stress balls. Many would love this.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      I've made similar balls out of rice and balloons, but they had circles cut out of the sides of the top layer balloons so that the colour of the lower balloons showed through in sections. But these were called juggling balls. I guess a stress ball needs to withstand more pressure!

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      archangelptx 6 years ago

      Could use one myself--thanks for the cheap alternative.

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      I need this for my mom, I write a lens about her story.

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      What a neat idea! I keep meaning to get some stress balls, not so much for stress but for exercising my fingers as I tend to suffer with pins and needles in my hands. Never thought of making my own homemade stress balls! Thank you :)

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      This is awesome - I really could use one of these to help keep my hands active and keep them from getting sore, besides the stress-relieving properties, of course!

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      WateredGardenCreations 6 years ago

      What a good lens idea. Being new at writing online, I love to see what others find to write about. Plus, I think it's such a cool thing to make. I'll have to try making one sometime.

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      Othercatt 6 years ago

      I could really use one of these!

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      We've made them with rice or flour before too. Nice lens. =)

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      Cool. You can make them in all different colors.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a stress ball sitting on the wrong side of my desk right now on the floor. I don't really use it for stress, but for strengthening my grip. Great idea for a lens.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      This looks like fun. I better try to make one. :)