How to Make a Ball Out of Rubber Bands

Do you have too many rubber bands cluttering your desk? Gather them together into a rubber band ball!


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You Will Need

  • At least 50 rubber bands
  • A sheet of paper (optional)
  • Tin foil (optional)
  • A marble (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Start the core

    To get your rubber band ball started, you need to make a core. To do this, take one rubber band and twist it in half. Then twist it in half again.

  2. Step 2

    Finish the core

    To finish the core, tightly wrap a second rubber band around it until the two are stable.

  3. If you have trouble getting the two rubber bands started, you can crumple a sheet of paper or tin foil into a ball or even begin your rubber band ball with a small marble.

  4. Step 3

    Start wrapping

    Take your third rubber band and wrap it around your core.

  5. Step 4


    Repeat until you run out of rubber bands.

  6. To get a round shape, wrap the bands at varying angles, covering thinner parts with new rubber bands.

  7. Step 5

    Tie bands together

    To create a ball that fills your friends with awe, you may need to tie rubber bands together to fit around the increasingly large sphere.

  8. Step 6


    Whether your rubber band ball is palm sized or basketball sized, you'll enjoy bouncing it around your office. It's much more fun than pesky rubber band clutter!

  9. In 2006, Oregonian Steve Milton became the first professional rubber band ball maker.