Making a Rubber Band Ball

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June 14, 2012

Finished rubber band ballI have always been tempted to buy the rubber band balls at the office stores. They seem like a decent way to store extra rubber bands and honestly just seem like a fun thing to play around with too! But instead of spending the money on one I decided to make my own since I had a huge bag of assorted rubber bands laying around.


Approximate Time: 30 minutes



  1. There are a few ways to get started with your rubber band ball. You need a good solid core, it is best to use either a marble or bouncy ball. If you don't have either of those handy you can create a core using a few thick rubber bands. Rubber band ball supplies

    Marble or bouncy ball core: If you choose to use a marble or bouncy ball, you will start your rubber band ball by wrapping a rubber band around your object. Then turn it and wrap one across your first one, creating an X.

    Rubber band core: If you choose to make your core with rubber bands, it is best to choose a few wider, thicker rubber bands. Start by flattening your rubber band and then rolling it up into a ball shape. Then take another one and wrap it around to secure it in the ball. Then turn your core and wrap a rubber band across your first one, creating an X. Rubber band ball core



  2. Continue turning your ball and wrapping new rubber bands, criss-crossing previous ones and ultimately covering the entire core. The more you rotate and change direction the more round your rubber band ball will be. When an area appears flatter, round it out by wrapping a rubber band there. Wrapping rubber bands 1
    Wrapping rubber bands 2

  3. It is important to keep the rubber bands tight, particularly at the beginning. This will hold your ball together. Initially you will need to wrap the rubber bands around a few times to get them tight, but as your ball gets bigger, you will only need to wrap them around the ball once.
Wrapping rubber bands 3

Note: One thing I discovered is the rubber bands really dried out my fingers and I needed to apply lotion afterwards. It was fun to make though! :)


By lalala... from Port Orchard, WA

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September 26, 2012

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Here are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community.

November 29, 2011

What do you do with those large balls made out of rubber bands? Mine is baseball size. I've started a new one, but what to do with the large one?

By Jackie M.


January 8, 20120 found this helpful

Most of my friends who have those large rubber band balls just keep them as decoration somewhere in their rooms but if you wanna get creative, what I did with a friend was i dipped a part of the ball in paint and used them to make some cool paintings. I saw some other answers on here about other ways you can use it, in the related bar. Good luck (:

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