How to make Homemade Squishies that are Slow Rising

My kids have been asking me how to make homemade squishies for ages.. and not just any hold homemade squishies but SLOW RISING Homeamde Squishies. Ha. And oh.. not just homemade squishies that are slow rising.. but also that are easy (and of course) inexpensive to make. Ha. Not asking for much.. are they. So I decided to investigate what different types of DIY SqushieIdeas are out there. The answer, if I am honest is not so straight forward, but DIY squihies ARE possible, providing you are willing to compromise.

How to make Homemade Squishies that are Slow Rising. Learn how to make a Squshie with paper, with foam, without foam, above all Easy Squishie DIY!
Making a DIY Squishy doesn’t have to be complicated! We love a Paper Squishy best!

DIY Squishies makes a great Fidget Toys. You can design them any way you wish and play with them to your heart’s content. I think our favourite are the paper squishies as they are so “accessible” to all. All you need is paper, stuffing (recycled!), markers and tape… and off you go! Lots of fun and kudos with the kids. A great craft activity for a rainy afternoon.

How to make Homemade Squishies that are Slow Rising

On my site.. by far the most popular homemade squishy craft is the PAPER Squishy. Of course, it isn’t anywhere near as exciting as a shop bought one.. however, the videos have been watched 100,000s of times between them and I know many a child who has made them and enjoyed both the process and the result. And they most definitely fall into the thrifty category..

We have also had great success recycling candy wrappers and crisp packets. They are super fun to make.. only take minutes.. look realistic and are a fun way to recycle! So do watch out for those homemade squishies.

Many bloggers and vloggers have had a go at making squishies from sponges (nice and cheap) as well as rising memory foam (a bit more expensive). These types of squishies require a little more dexterity as you essentially SCULPT your spong/ foam into shape.

Finally, you can buy specialist Squishy making kits on Amazon – I haven’t tried these, but they do look fun and would maybe make a great gift!

Enough now.. let’s take a look!

How to make a Squishy from Paper

As mentioned above, the Paper Squishy are the most popular among my “YouTube Kids” as you are literally able to create any design that you wish. I have created a Santa Squishy Printable as well as a Panda Suiqshy Printable for those interested! So all you really need is a sheet of paper, markers and off you go. DIY Paper Squishies are great fun – and kids will love designing their own!

Stock up on printer paper or construction paper in different colours and yourself a stash of clear tape…

  • Emoji Squishy (stock up on yellow papers and find a bowl or plate to trace with a pencil for your basic shape)
  • Paper Santa Squishy Toy – Red Ted Art (printer paper and markers is all you need)
  • Panda Paper Squishy DIY – Red Ted Art

As for stuffing.. you can use old pillow stuffing, an old plastic bag or two or craft foam. We like recycling pillow stuffing best! But love the plastic bag solution too. Thrifty! Don’t go out and buy a bag of stuffing. It really isn’t necessary.

The step instructions are easy to follow and you will see, your kids will quickly be creating their DIY paper squishy designs. From 3d Pizza designs, to kawaii cookies and more! The design opportunities are endless – what different things can your kids come up with?

How to make a Squishy from Foam or Sponges

Many bloggers and vloggers have had a go at making squishies from sponges (nice and cheap) as well as rising memory foam (a bit more expensive). These types of squishies require a little more dexterity as you essentially SCULPT your spong/ foam into shape.

Other types of Homemade Squishies

The squishies in this section take a bit of imagination and compromising. I love the stress ball squishies as well as the Crisp Packet squishy best!

  • How to Make Stress Balls – Red Ted Art
  • Recycle Chip Packet Squishy – love these as they are so realistic (by definition!!) – Red Ted Art
  • Recycled Chocolate Bar Squishy – ditto the chocolate bars.. so fun! – Red Ted Art
  • Unicorn Squishy made with Duct Tape – Hobby Craft Blog
  • DIY Galaxy Squishy Stress Ball using DIY Slime and a clear balloon – MonsterKids

Squishies made Using a Flex Foam Craft Kit

I haven’t tried the Squishy Kits yet.. but they do look fun!

Doughnut Squishies – Down Red Bud Drive

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