Have a BALL with Elmer’s School Glue!

Raileigh has ALWAYS loved balls. In fact, “ball” was one of her very first words. This past Christmas, she only asked for one thing– a ball. So, my mom obliged and got her one of her very favorite balls- a soccer ball.

Recently, I stumbled across a project over on the Elmer’s website that I just knew Raileigh would love- Jingle Bell Balls. This project had a lot of things going for it. Not only do you make a ball, but it is a noise-making ball! It’s unlike any ball we have, and we had to make it.

So, we started our several day adventure by heading to Wal-Mart to gather all of the supplies we would need. You can check out our entire shopping trip over on Intersect.

When we returned home, we were all anxious to get started. This project takes several days to complete, and we wanted results as soon as possible. I’ll walk you through the process we followed to create our very own Jingle Bell Ball. It is pretty much exactly as described on the Elmer’s website.




1. Cover a flat surface with newspaper. Put down a thick layer of paper. When the glue drips, it will seep through the paper.
2. Mix about 1/4 cup of glue (approximately 1 regular size glue bottle) and a small amount of water in a medium-sized bowl. The mixture should be runny.

3. Tear the newspaper into small strips.

4. Blow up a round balloon.
5. Dip the strips of newspaper into the glue mixture. Cover the balloon with wet strips. You’ll need to lay the strips is opposite directions. If the strips are all going the same way, they seem to slide off easier. Leave a 1″ hole uncovered by newspaper so that you can drop in jingle bells later.

6. Smooth out any bumps or bubbles in the newspaper with your fingers.

7. Allow the balloon to dry overnight. We rigged up a two hanger thing and hung the balloon in the laundry room. Make sure to place newspaper underneath in case any glue drips as it is drying.


1. Pop the balloon! You will be left with a paper mache shell. * I found the project works best if you can go ahead and pull the balloon out at this point. Just believe me on this one.

2. Drop in the jingle bells.

3. Create a new batch of the glue and water mixture.

4. Dip newspaper strips into the glue mixture, and cover the hole. Let the newspaper dry completely.

5. Paint and decorate your ball however you’d like. We used washable tempera paint for this part of the project. Let the paint dry completely.

6. Shake and enjoy your jingle bell ball!

We had a FANTASTIC time creating our Jingle Bell Ball. I think that next time we will use some water balloon size balloons to create our Jingle Bell Balls. It would also be fun to make tiny versions of these at Christmas and turn them into ornaments.

To see more ideas like this, please check out the Parents Projects over on the Elmer’s website. You will find ideas for every age and skill level to keep you busy all summer long.

Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #gluenglitter #collectivebias. All opinions are my own.

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