The Fundamentals Take one large rubber band or many smaller rubber bands for the very center of your rubber band ball. Personally, I like the larger rubber band over the smaller ones since it holds together much better. Wrap the core with the tiniest rubber bands you can find until it is held together. Then wrap it again with larger rubber bands and continue to do this until the entire ball is covered.
The Mechanics There are two ways to make a rubber band ball: hot glue or tape. The first thing you need to do is decide how long you want your ball to be. Measure from the center of one end to the center of the other and write down the number you get. That's how long you should roll your rubber bands. Now choose which method you want to use: hot glue or tape. With hot glue, simply start at the center and work your way out, keeping an even distance between each piece of rubber band. When you get to the end, just turn around and do it again. It's that easy!
With tape, however, things get a little more complicated. You will need enough tape to cover the core lengthwise. Start at one end and wind your way toward the other while keeping an even spacing between each piece of tape. Make sure to pull off any excess tape so that it doesn't get in the way when you play with your ball.
To begin, roll roughly 10 rubber bands into a ball. Wrap the bundle of rubber bands with another rubber band to keep them all together. Begin wrapping more rubber bands around your wad of bands. This will aid in the formation of the rubber band ball. When you get about 20-30 wraps on your bundle, cut the extra bands off of each end. You should now have an evenly wrapped ball of rubber bands.
Now it's time to use your imagination and come up with some ways to play with your new ball of rubber bands. For example, you could make some rubber band rings by tying one end of a rubber band to one side of the ring and then looping the other end through the ring from the opposite side. Now you can play catch! There are many other fun things you can do with rubber bands as well as games you can play with them. The only limit is your imagination!
If you're having problems producing a rubber band core, try starting with a few short rubber bands instead. Make a ball out of them and squeeze them together while you wrap thinner rubber bands around them. This is simpler for some individuals, but the core will be lumpier and may spring apart before it has a firm layer wrapped around it.
The first thing you need to know about making a rubber band core is that it's mostly just fun! Rubber bands are easy to get hold of, and even if you can't find any long enough, most supermarkets will sell you a pack of several different lengths. There are many different ways to use a rubber band core in crafts, and although they all start off pretty much the same way, you can then add your own style to them.
A rubber band core is perfect for wrapping items such as sticks, straws or cotton balls and then tying them off so that they don't unwrap themselves. This is particularly useful when making props for theatre shows or dance performances. A lot of people choose to use their rubber band cores as hair extensions by taking one or two bands and twisting them into small circles which they then attach to their own hair.
Rubber band cores come in very useful shapes and sizes, and they can be used in so many different projects. If you can think of something that uses rubber bands, there's a good chance that it can be done!
Begin by placing two rubber bands in a crisscross pattern over the core. Make sure they're securely fastened. You may need to twist and wrap them a few times around the center. Begin with the smaller bands first, as they will be useless once your ball reaches a certain size. As you work your way up, the bands should get tighter and tighter until finally there's only one left!
The center is now ready to be filled with something fun and bouncy. Some people like to use buttons or small toys, but I like to use beans because they don't roll away when you hit a bump.
Once everything is inside the center, pull out the rubber bands and tie it off, making sure not to let any string show outside the ball. If any strings are visible, cut them off carefully so that they don't cause injury if someone bumps into your ball.
Now you have a bouncy ball that doesn't disappear when you jump!
As you can see, anything is possible when you use your imagination. Go ahead, give it a try!
Squeeze the two sides of your first rubber band together in the centre. Pass your second rubber band through the loop formed by the first. Bend the second rubber band so that the two loops meet. Pass the next rubber band through the two loops, then bend it so the two ends meet. Continue doing this with all the remaining bands, leaving enough space for them to stretch as you work.
The more loops you add, the tighter the rubber band necklace will be. It's easy to make long chains and bracelets this way. For example, three bands makes a simple ring, four makes a bracelet, five makes a necklet.
Have fun making different shapes and sizes!
Begin with a little item, such as a marble or a golf ball. A "genuine" rubber band ball, on the other hand, has no extraneous components. Here's how you can get started: Choose a short, thick rubber band, such as one used to hold vegetables together. Fold this rubber band in half, then again, then again if possible. You should have a tiny ball that looks like the one shown here.
Now try some of these other uses for a rubber band:
Rubber Band Dog Toys: Put several rubber bands in the pocket of your dog's favorite toy and he'll play with them for hours. This is a great activity to keep him busy during car rides home from the vet or while you're away at work.
Rubber Band Crafts: Rubber band sculptures are easy to make and fun to look at. Start by wrapping a rubber band around your wrist (or any other flat surface) to create a base for your sculpture. Next, add details to your band art such as buttons, jewels, or even animals!
Rubber Band Puzzles: These are great activities to do with kids too! First, give each child a set of colored rubber bands. Have them join their bands together to form a single long strand. Now have them separate the string into its original colors. The goal is to re-join the strings back together in the correct order.