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Random But Cool: How to Make Bouncy Balls from Common Household Items!

I realize that this how-to strays a bit from our normal fare, but goshdarnit, it's too cool not to share! Maybe it's the overgrown kid inside me or my love of science (have I told y'all I was in the science club in high school?? Geek to the max.), but the idea of making bouncy balls--from scratch--o...
  • Wendy Desjarlais

    DIY bouncy balls from common household items. Another idea for summer crafts!

  • Lori Johnson Winger

    I totally have to do this!!! Borax, cornstarch, glue, food coloring, and water! #DIY Bouncy Balls

  • Joanna Boyle

    Rainy day activity ... make bouncy balls with Elmer's glue, borax, and cornstarch

  • Kathy Kennedy

    Homemade bouncy balls! borax (found in the laundry section of most grocery stores) cornstarch white glue (e.g., Elmer's glue - makes an opaque ball) or blue or clear school glue (makes a translucent ball) warm water food coloring (optional) measuring spoons spoon or craft stick to stir the mixture 2 small plastic containers for mixing marking pen watch with a second hand metric ruler zip-lock plastic baggie

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  • Nicole Harrison

    Will they keep their form. I tried to make these and after an hour or so they flatten.

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