My husband was looking for a gift to give to his employees, but all of my ideas were either not in our budget or too time consuming for me to make (since I just had a baby & am a busy mother of 5 now). Well, one night I overheard my son wishing he had a stress ball, and I instantly remembered making a stress ball in elementary school with a balloon and flour! So I got to work!
All you need is a helium quality balloon and about 3/4 cup of flour. I used whole wheat because that’s what I had on hand, but all-purpose or any other kind works too.
It takes some time to get the flour into the balloon. I made a funnel by cutting the bottom out of a paper cup and taping the cup into a funnel shape. Then, with my hubby’s help, I used the handle of a wooden spoon to push the flour into the balloon. Tie the balloon closed and snip the end off if you want.
My husband had the fabulous idea of having me draw his face on the finished stress balls. I first tried a silver Sharpie marker, but it smudged off even after letting it dry.
I recommend a paint marker like Sharpie oil-based paint marker.
I’m not sure any marker will be truly permanent on something like this, due to it being so flexible. I expect it will fade or chip over time, but if you find an ink that lasts for good, let me know!
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