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September 12, 2023

How to Make a Rubber Band Ball

A rubber band ball is a toy or decoration made by wrapping rubber bands around a center until it reaches the desired size. It is very bouncy, fun to play with and can be used for strength training with your hands. It has a long history, with Aztecs wrapping local vines around pebbles to create a 'rubber motor' that powered their combat oriented game called ullamaliztli.

Creating a rubber band ball is easy, but it takes time to grow into its final form. The key to success is finding an object that will serve as a core and a starting point. The easiest way to start is using paper crumples or a small marble (or other similar object).

You'll also need some rubber bands. Ideally, you want to use wide rubber bands, which slip less than narrow ones and also help keep the other rubber bands in place. You can find these at most stores, but you can also ask friends and family if they have any spares lying around. You can also look for them at shoe stores, which often use rubber bands to hold their shoes together.

To make a rubber band ball, first select a thick rubber band. Then, fold it in half. Next, take a thin rubber band and wrap it across the thick one. Repeat this process over and over until the core is completely covered. As the rubber band ball grows, it's important to keep the bands tight, particularly at the beginning. This will make the ball more spherical and easier to shape.