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:
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What else can I use to fill the stress ball?
Flour is a great way to fill a homemade stress ball, but you can also use rice, water beads, or even play dough to fill your balloon. Each ingredient will give a slightly different feeling to the stress ball.
What size balloon works best?
Homemade stress balls work best with a latex or rubber balloon that is at least 8 inches in size (it will say on the package of balloons how big they are). If you have larger balloons, those will also work. I don’t recommend balloons that are smaller than 8 inches because they won’t be large enough to squeeze.
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
- 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!
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!
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