Archived: Stress Less: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

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Feeling stressed? Understandable with midterms and finals just around the corner (summer is almost here, I promise!). Crafts are a great way to de-stress and you likely already have most (or all) of the supplies in your house! We’ll show you how to make two things in this post: slime and stress balls!

Slime

You’ll need: 

  • Borax
  • White school glue
  • Water
  • Food colouring
  • 2 spoons (we found forks worked better)
  • Measuring cups

 

First thing’s first! In one bowl, combine 1/2 teaspoon of Borax with 1/4 cup of water. Mix well and set aside to dissolve.

In the other bowl, combine 1/4 cup of glue with 1/4 cup of water. Stir until well combined. (We didn’t mix the glue and the water well enough the first time. It’s important to mix this together until completely combined!)

 

Next add food colouring to your water and glue mixture and mix it well. If you are using glitter this is the time to add it.

Slowly add the water and Borax mixture to the glue mixture stirring constantly. It will begin to thicken. Add the water and Borax mixture to the glue and water mixture until you are satisfied with the slime consistency.

 

This is what we ended up with on the first attempt. This is where I’ll reiterate how important it is to mix the borax and water/glue and water until they are completely combined before adding them together.

 

 

 

If you did it properly, the consistency should be much more like this. SO FUN!!

*Pro tip: add glitter or beads to make it ~fancy~

 

 

 

Stress Ball

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 3 balloons
  • Rice (or flour)
  • A funnel
  • Scissors

 

 

Stretch out the first balloon (blowing it up works great). Stick a funnel into the neck of the balloon. Though an actual funnel would be best, we manufactured ours with an old paper cup which *pretty much* worked.

 

 

 

Slowly fill the balloon. Pour slowly to avoid clogging the neck of the balloon! If it does clog, use a pen or pencil to clear the opening. A craft buddy was very helpful in this step to keep the balloon stretched out so the rice went in more easily.

 

 

 

Remove the funnel from the balloon and let out as much air as you can. Tie the neck of the balloon closed tightly and snip off the excess rubber.

 

 

 

 

Grab your second and third balloons and cut off the ends, leaving enough to tie. Put your first, filled balloon inside the second and third balloons (for optimal squishy-ness and zero breakage). Tie the ends and VOILA! Homemade stress ball.

 

 

 

 Tie the ends and VOILA! Homemade stress ball.

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re feeling stressed, find us on campus on Friday as we do our St. Patty’s Day outreach providing students with referral services (such as studying support, learning accommodations, counselling, or Student Advocacy for academic or non-academic concerns).

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