How to Make a Ball Out of White Glue

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How to Make a Ball Out of White Glue
Make bouncing balls out of white glue. (balls image by Marek Kosmal from

A ball is a classic toy that provides entertainment to people of all ages. Create your own bouncing ball out of white glue and other readily available ingredients. Make a custom coloured ball by adding food colouring to the glue or a translucent ball by using clear glue. These glue balls bounce around a foot high.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 plastic cups
  • 1 tbsp white glue
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 1/2 tsp borax
  • Wooden craft stick
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • Sealed container

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  1. 1

    Pour the glue into a plastic cup.

  2. 2

    Mix the borax and water together in another cup and stir with a craft stick until the borax dissolves.

  3. 3

    Pour the cornstarch and 1/2 tsp of the borax and water solution into the glue. Let the mixture stand for 15 seconds. This allows the ingredients to interact with each other.

  4. 4

    Stir the mixture until it is completely blended and is difficult to stir.

  5. 5

    Remove the mixture from the cup and roll it into a ball between your hands. It will be sticky at first but will solidify as you roll it. Roll the ball until it is smooth and round.

  6. 6

    Store your ball in a sealed container or bag to increase its lifespan.

Tips and warnings

  • The glue ball will lose its ability to bounce within a few days.
  • Borax is found in the laundry section at your local store.
  • Do not pour glue and borax down a drain, as it will clog the pipe.

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