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Make Balloon Beanbags

5 May 2009 16,936 views 5 Comments

by heather


I love this idea found on Flipflops and Applesauce: Make beanbags out of balloons! I love how quick, cheap, and colorful this project is! Also, these beanbags remind me of those stress balls you can find at novelty shops. I wonder if you could sub one of these for a stress ball when you're having a bad day? These would be fun birthday party favors. [project instructions here]

You can find balloons at the dollar store, and possibly the dry rice or beans needed to fill them (although, you might get a better deal at a regular grocery store). Chrissie at Flipflops and Applesauce made her own funnel out of stapled cardboard.

Project Estimate:

  • Balloons, a bag for $1 (you need 3 balloons per beanbag)
  • Rice or beans, $1 or on hand
  • Funnel, on hand

Total: $1 and up

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  • craftydame said:

    oh mygoodness, what a fabulous idea! i made bean bags for a .5 birthday party (there were older kids there too!) last summer. i cut squares out of scrap fabric and double serged around all the edges, i was so paranoid about the beads getting out (i filled them with plastic pony style beads because i had a huge bag of them, and then i didn’t need to worry about them getting wet, or attracting pests).

  • mellowknees said:

    If you fill them with cornstarch, they will be pretty much EXACTLY like those old stress-balls!

  • liezel said:

    What about using bird seed? That way if/when they do pop it’s a birdie buffet? I hope this will work b/c I’m buying seed in the a.m.

  • Theresa said:

    Very cool Idea. Looks like I just found our next rainy day activity. I have some cardboard just waiting to be panted and turned into a game.

    Thanks so much.

  • Amanda said:

    I love these too. I used to use flour to make stress balls. It’s a bit messy and time consuming, but I loved the result and being able to choose my own colors.