How To Make A Stress Ball with Essential Oils

When I came up with this recipe I knew my husband (Co-Founder, Lee Veldkamp) would love it. He is always playing with things, often until they fall apart. His siblings sometimes joke, if you want something broken, give it to Lee for a while. 

This stress ball is perfect for the sensory activity Lee likes while he’s thinking. While I do think he could and would destroy this DIY Stress Ball over time, it’s inexpensive and easy to make. The essential oils’ aroma is easy to smell and help calm and support mental focus. It’s a great tool to have along at work or school. Did I mention this recipe is kid-friendly?

I love that this recipe is so easy and so helpful! A stress ball to ease stress + the power of essential oils. I’ll call that a stress buster! 


A balloon is used to be the casing for this recipe.


Flour provides the base for this recipe. It is the main component inside the balloon stress ball.

Tangerine Essential Oil

Tangerine Essential Oil has a fresh citrus aroma with slight tangy and sweet notes too. It also has properties that help reduce nervous tension.*

Fir Needle Essential Oil

Fir Needle Essential Oil has sharp, crisp, and clean scents of fir needles. It’s aroma also helps support respiration.*

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil is one of the most well known essential oils out there. It has a fresh, floral aroma that blends nicely with the other oils in this recipe.

This recipe is safe to use with children 2+.

Avoid using this stress ball around your pets as some of the essential oils may irritate them. If you do use it in close proximity, make sure they have an escape from the smell.

Never ingest any essential oil, even if it’s generally regarded as safe. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils, check out this blog post

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

How To Make A Stress Ball with Essential Oils

Recipe by Katie Veldkamp



  • Pour flour into an empty bottle using a funnel.
  • Then, add essential oils to the bottle and shake well to mix.
  • Blow the balloon up then allow it to deflate, this helps it stretch to hold the flour mixture. Attach the end of the balloon to the bottle opening. Squeeze the flour mixture into the balloon.
  • Pinch the end of the balloon and remove from bottle. With the balloon still pinched, gently squeeze out excess air to desired firmness. Tie balloon.
  • To use, squeeze balloon to help ease stress and increase focus. 

This DIY stress ball will help you tackle those stressful situations! Let us know what you think about this recipe by commenting below or connecting with us on social media @fromsimplyearth!

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