How to Make an Adorable DIY Stress Ball Plushie

Updated on July 2, 2020
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Alyssa is a wife and mom who loves spending summer outdoors doing fun crafts and activities!

This is a great summer craft to create with your kids. You can use whatever items you have on hand at your house to customize your plushie. It's pretty simple and a lot of fun to make!

How I Upcycled a Plushie or Stress Ball With Household Items

Some of the best crafts come from experimentation. Such is the case for this adorable plushie. My son and I spent two weeks creating fun crafts out of household items. We were playing around with the idea of making our own stress ball. Not one for wasting food items and potentially making a gigantic mess, I shied away from using rice or flour. We initially tried using poly foam pellets from an old bean bag chair, but it didn't turn out quite like we were expecting.

With only two balloons left, my husband gave us the idea of using an extra container of metal BBs we had stored in a cupboard. My son loved this idea and once we filled the balloon, he loved the feeling of the BB's through the balloon. Because I was concerned about a potential disaster in the form of little metal BBs all over the floor, I tried putting the second balloon around the first. What happened next could only be described as a self-fulfilling prophecy: The first balloon tore open and BBs were scattered all across the counter and in at least three rooms of the house. My son graciously helped me pick up the mess and we went back to the drawing board.

We used the collected BBs to fill up the remaining balloon and decided to wrap it in a scrap of fabric from an old sweater. What started out as a stress ball turned into an adorable stress plushie. My son and I were both delighted at the final result.

What You Need

  • A balloon
  • Metal BBs (or whatever filling you'd like to use)
  • An empty plastic water or soda bottle
  • An old sweater or T-shirt
  • Two buttons
  • Black and pink Sharpie markers
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Put metal BBs in your balloon to create a wonderful anti-stress ball.
Put metal BBs in your balloon to create a wonderful anti-stress ball.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Fill the Balloon With BBs

  1. To start, cut the top of your water or soda bottle to make a funnel. This will make it easier to fill your balloon.
  2. Wrap your balloon around the opening of the bottle.
  3. Slowly pour BBs into the balloon, filling it up. We used half of our container of BBs.
  4. Carefully remove the balloon from your bottle and tie it closed.

Knot the balloon closed.
Knot the balloon closed.

Step 2: Cover With Sweater Fabric

  1. Cut off the arms of your sweater. Then cut along the side seams and along the neck to create two rectangle pieces of fabric.
  2. Place your balloon on the fabric and roll it so that it is covered. Hot glue the seam.
  3. Cut off the excess fabric on both sides, leaving a little extra to fold in.

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Wrap your balloon in the fabric and seal with hot glue. Cut off excess fabric leaving a little on each side to fold down.
Wrap your balloon in the fabric and seal with hot glue. Cut off excess fabric leaving a little on each side to fold down.
Wrap your balloon in the fabric and seal with hot glue. Cut off excess fabric leaving a little on each side to fold down.

Step 3: Create the Ears and Then Glue

  1. Position the fabric so that the seam is facing you. This will be the back of your plushie. Fold the excess fabric on the seamed side down over the top of your balloon. Fold the front flap down over top to create two ears and secure with hot glue. Continue gluing up each triangle shape, folding the fabric on top of itself to secure it closed and seal up any holes.
  2. Once the glue is cured, fold the bottom side down and hot glue the excess fabric to create a flattened bottom.

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Step 4: Add a Face

  1. Flip your plushie around. Hot glue your buttons on to create two eyes.
  2. Using your black Sharpie, make a small mouth between the eyes. Make two pink cheeks on either side using your pink Sharpie.
  3. Once the glue has completely cured, enjoy your new plushie!

Flip your plushie over and glue buttons on to create eyes. Use a black Sharpie to make a mouth and a pink Sharpie to create cheeks.
Flip your plushie over and glue buttons on to create eyes. Use a black Sharpie to make a mouth and a pink Sharpie to create cheeks.

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    • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

      Alyssa 

      8 days ago from Ohio

      Thanks Jason! I appreciate your kind words and I hope you enjoy making this. Let me know how it goes!

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      Alyssa 

      8 days ago from Ohio

      Thank you, Pamela! It was a lot of fun to create :)

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      Alyssa 

      8 days ago from Ohio

      hahahaha! Thank you, Bill!

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      9 days ago from AZ

      Very cute. Looks like it would be a lot of fun to put together. The article was well written and easy to follow. I'm looking forward to giving this craft a try. Nice job Alyssa.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 days ago from Sunny Florida

      It sounds like you had such a good time making this with you son. It is so cute. You are very good at coming up with good DIY crafts.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I can absolutely guarantee I would have done the same thing and had bb's all over the house. Anyone who tries this owes you a debt of gratitude. :) Cute craft idea!

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