how to make a rubber band ball

Rubber band balls are a great activity to do with kids, and they make fun gifts for people of all ages. They're also super easy to make- you just need rubber bands! This how-to will show you how to make your own rubber band ball in five simple steps.

Alright, so let's get started. You'll need about 100 bands per meter, which means if we want to use all of our materials at once, we should fit about 50 meters worth on one large sheet of paper (you could also do them individually). It will help us keep track of how many we need if they are already sorted by color.

Steps to how to make a rubber band ball: Make a loop with one end of the rubber band.

Put both ends together and form a ring shape by connecting them in the middle. Take this new loop, put it over your index finger, then take both loops apart from each other on either side of your finger so that you have two loops going down like an "X" shape. Now pinch one of these two loops between your thumb and index fingers and pull up slightly; do not let go yet! Instead, grab another rubber band off the table or use just part of it if you don't need much length, but try not to stretch out any more than what's already been stretched when making this initial loop. Now loop this new rubber band over the pinched part of the original one, just like how you would make a friendship bracelet with two loops side by side, only do it in front of your thumb and index fingers so that they're both on either side of the initial "X." Continue doing this process to create more rows until all bands are used up; then pinch them together at the base where there is no longer any overlap and let go of each individual section as you finish making it.

Put those ends together again and form a ring shape by connecting them in the middle once more, but now instead tie off these sections with an extra rubber band.

Warning: Do not leave rubber bands lying around because children may be tempted to try and eat them.

Put both ends together and form a ring shape by connecting them in the middle.

Take this new loop, put it over your index finger, then take both loops apart from each other on either side of your finger so that you have two loops going down like an "X" shape. Now pinch one of these two loops between your thumb and index fingers and pull up slightly; do not let go yet! Instead, grab another rubber band off the table or use just part of it if you don't need much length, but try not to stretch out any more than what's already been stretched when making this initial loop.

Now loop this new rubber band over the pinched part of the original one, just like how you would make a friendship bracelet with two loops side by side, only do it in front of your thumb and index fingers so that they're both on either side of the initial "X." Continue doing this process to create more rows until all bands are used up; then pinch them together at the base where there is no longer any overlap and let go of each individual section as you finish making it.

Put those ends together again and form a ring shape by connecting them in the middle once more, but now instead tie off these sections with an extra rubber band.

If desired, attach another string or ribbon to hang from using some more rubber bands.

You can also make them into a ball by forming the same shape, only with all of the loops on one side and tucking it under as you go around so that each loop is touching another row instead of wrapping across like how you would form a bracelet. Then just keep adding rows until there is no loose ends left over, which will serve as an easier way to take them off from one another when they're ready to be unraveled again.

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