These apple stress balls are so simple to make and even more fun to squeeze! Made with flour and red or green balloons, they’re a great way to keep small hands occupied!
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Apple Stress Balls
These apple shaped stress balls are such a perfect back to school craft. And all you need is a balloon and a bit of flour!
No matter how your kids might deal with school, chances are there will be stressful days. Not only do they look super cute, but they are so fun to squeeze and play with, especially if you have a nervous child that needs to do something with his or her hands.
These little apples would also be a super cute teacher gift along with a gift card!
Here’s the Supplies You’ll Need:
The full printable instructions are at the end of this post, but here’s a list of affiliate links to products on Amazon that are similar to the supplies we used to make this craft:
How to Make Apple Shaped Stress Balls
These flour stress balls are such a cute and affordable back to school craft! Just a warning, these tend to pop or break over time if they are played with a lot, so you may want to toss them after a few weeks!
Apple Stress Balls
- Glue Gun
- Paint brush
- 1 balloon red or green
- 1 cup flour
- felt green
- paint brown
- Insert the end of a funnel into the opening of a red or green balloon.
- Using a spoon, add flour to the funnel and fill the balloon up to the stem.
- Squeeze out any excess air and tie the balloon stem into a knot to secure it.
- Using brown paint and a paint brush, paint the knotted end of the balloon to create the apple stem.
- With a piece of green felt, cut out a leaf shape and pinch the end closed. Put a tiny dot of hot glue at the pinched section to secure it.
- Glue the leaf to the top of the balloon, near the bottom of the knotted brown apple stem.
- Your apple stress ball is complete!
I was inspired by this stress ball craft but wanted to make a version that was perfect for back to school!
What else can I use to fill the stress ball?
Flour is a great way to fill a homemade stress ball, but there are couple other ingredients you can use that work just as well! Rice, water beads or even play dough are also great options, if you don’t have any flour on hand or want a different texture inside your balloon.
What size balloon works best?
Homemade stress balls work best with a balloon that is no bigger than 12 inches! If you’re in a pinch, you could also make it work with 11 or 9 inch balloons! Anything bigger will take a lot more flour to fill and won’t end up looking like an apple once you’re finished.
These apple stress balls are so fun to squeeze and make a great back to school craft for kids and a cool gift for teachers!
Here’s even more back-to-school crafts to try!
Our book Low-Mess Crafts for Kids is loaded with 72 fun and simple craft ideas for kids! The projects are fun, easy and most importantly low-mess, so the clean up is simple!
Where to buy:
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