How to Make Juggling Balls (Balloon Method)

Two Methods:Stuffing One Ballon Inside the Other FirstFilling One Balloon Before Covering It with Another

Fancy taking up street circus? Make these awesome juggling balls to get started!

Method 1
Stuffing One Ballon Inside the Other First

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    Take the first colored balloon and cut small triangles in it.
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    Take the second balloon and stuff it in the first balloon.
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    Use the funnel to pour sand, rice, or seed into the inner balloon. You may want to use the blunt end of a pencil (rubber end) to pack the sand into the balloon until it is nice and firm.
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    Tie off the inner balloon.
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    Tie off the outer balloon and cut the neck off a few cm. from the knot.
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    Make two other balls, and start practicing!

Method 2
Filling One Balloon Before Covering It with Another

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    Fill a freezer bag with one metric cup(51 US teaspoons) of rice or sand.
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    Squeeze the air out, then twist, tie and cut the loose "tail"of the bag.add another bag to the outside and do the same.
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    Cut the neck off of the balloon, put your fingers in it and try to cover as much of the freezer bags as possible(without the balloon breaking).
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    When that is complete, cut the neck off of another balloon and cover the opening of the balloon and about 3/4 of the way to the end.
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    For this balloon, cut two small holes opposite each other, then cover as much of the other balloons as possible.
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    Repeat these steps for another 2 balls.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Sand works the best, because rice is getting expensive these days!
  • I have tested both methods, and the alt. method seems to work better and last longer.
  • Cut small triangles in the first balloon; they are decorative and may stretch larger if you manage to pack a lot of sand into the inner balloon.
  • Thin "water balloons" don't work as well. Instead, use high quality (thicker rubber) regular balloons.
  • You can cut the neck off of additional balloons and pull/stretch them over the initial balloons for a thicker covering which may last a little longer.
  • Blow up the balloon and deflate it a few times to stretch it out before beginning this procedure.
  • For all methods, use medium sized round balloons.
  • Make sure the sand is clean and dry to avoid the possibility of mold or something growing inside the balloon.

Warnings

  • If you're just learning to juggle, oranges or ordinary beanbags work fine.
  • Do not put any of the contents in your mouth.
  • Do not leave these juggling balls where your dog might chew on them. Dogs have a hard time digesting rubber and it may cause other problems.
  • The balloon rubber will degrade over time. You can add new balloon "covers" from time-to-time to freshen them up, or simply toss them out and make new ones.
  • Do not give these balls to anybody who may choke on them or rip them open.

Things You'll Need

  • At least six (10 or 12 for Alt. method) medium sized round balloons. They're cheap, buy a small bag of them.
  • Scissors to cut decorations in the outer "cover" balloons.
  • Sand, rice, or seeds... any small inert granular substance.
  • A small funnel to guide the sand into the balloon neck(first method).
  • A measuring cup is handy to ensure you have the same amount of material in each ball you create.

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