Homemade Magic 8 Ball

I remember as a kid I used to love playing with a Magic 8 Ball toy. We would sit around and ask it all sorts of questions and all giggle at the answers. Okay, who am I kidding. I work in a middle school. I still play with the Magic 8 Ball in my office and ask it all sorts of questions “Should I leave work early?”, “Should I have a burger for lunch?”, “Should I eat this last brownie?” You know, all the important questions in life. So when I saw this idea in Family Fun Magazine I was so excited.

What you will need:
* Small glass jar (I used a baby food jar)
* Styrofoam or wet foam
* Sharpie Marker
* Foam Sheets
* Clay or Play Doh
* Glue gun

It’s super easy!

Clean out the small jar and fill it with water.

Cut a small square out of the styrofoam (about 1 inch.) I couldn’t find any styrofoam so I bought some wet foam in the gardening dept. It’s really easy to cut and works great.

Cute out 6 one inch squares from the foam sheets and write on them. You can write whatever you would like. We chose “yes, no, maybe, ???, for sure and ask later”.

Use your glue gun and glue the sides onto your square so it looks like a dice.

Put the square in your jar and put the lid on. Shake it around a little to make sure you have enough water in it and not too much. If you have too much water in it the “dice” won’t turn very easily and you will end up getting the same answer over and over.

Once you have decided you have enough water in it, run your glue gun around the top to seal the lid. You don’t have to do this but with our baby food jars they kind of leaked. You don’t want any water escaping!

Wrap the play doh (or clay) around the jar leaving the bottom of the jar exposed. You can use any kind of clay that hardens. I first bought the kind of clay you bake. That was a major bust. Not the baking part but we couldn’t even start to use it. It was too hard to kneed. And the other modeling clay at the store said it “never hardens”. That’s not a good thing for this project. So we just made our own play doh (see my post here) and used that.

Now decorate the sides however you want.

Let it sit out and dry. This may take 24 hours or longer depending on how thick the clay is.

And you are set. Start asking it questions and see how much fun your kids will have. We ask it about dinner (should we have teriyaki chicken tonight?) or TV (should we watch iCarly right now?) It’s a hoot!

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  1. Thats awesome! So easy too 🙂

  2. I’ll bet the kids love to play with this. Very clever. I need one to help me with important decision…it couldn’t hurt.

  3. How cute and crafty! Repurposing is the best isn’t it?! My kiddoes would love this project! Thanks for linking up at PonyTail&FishScales!



  4. What a cute craft idea!!! Where do you come up with such cool ideas???

    So, I have to tell you that I love Sherrilyn Kenyon–One Silent Night. Ihave only read that one. It was so ggod. Also, check out Lara Adrian….so good!!! And no, you are not at all pathetic…if so, then I am totally pathetic too. Hope you like the ‘Kiss of…’ series…Have you read the new one by Stephanie Meyer…about Bree?? I haven’t yet, but I heard it was good.

    Take care…Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m so new to this. I felt like no one but me was reading…he he he Hope we can keep in touch!!!

    Btw, so cool that you are middle school counselor. I am a teacher. High school history, but for now I am a substitute for a kindergarten class…two totally different worlds. I love working with seventh graders too!!!

  5. Fabulous idea!!! I cant wait to try it out!

  6. And once again I am featuring another of your awesome crafts at PonyTails&FishScales! Thanks so much for linking up!


    tere :o)

  7. Love this! What a great idea! I remember having one as a kid too and asking it silly questions..”does Bobby Smith like me?”..lol. It usually said no. He never did notice me..lol.


  9. Hi! I saw your link on the Just for the Joy of It linkup, and I had to stop by and see how to do this. I have a weekly post called Do-It-Yourself Monday, and I was wondering if you’d like to do a guest post with this project? It’s SUCH a great idea and a wonderful thing for moms to do with their kids. If you’re interested, please email me at stephanierosenhahn at yahoo dot com. You can also check out my blog if you want to know more about it!

    Ten Talents…

  10. Love the idea. Have to give it a try! 🙂

  11. What a clever idea! This would keep the kids amused for hours!

  12. What a great project for older kids, I love it.

    Thanks for linking up to We Play 🙂

  13. Wow how fun I can honestly say I’ve never seen a homemade magic eight ball! I love all the crazy designs.

  14. I remember seeing these on the “circuit” a while back… so cute and fun! (A bit like the Paper Fortune telling game from Germany I have here: http://www.redtedart.com/2010/09/03/how-to-make-a-himmel-oder-holle-spiel-paper-fortune-teller-or-a-paper-puppet/)

    Thank you so much for linking up all your fab projects! So pleased to see them all 🙂


  15. what a great idea-i’ll have to get some of these supplies for vacation next week-bet my girls would love them!

  16. That is really a fun idea. Kids will definitely have fun with the homemade magic 8 ball (as well as the adults!) Thanks for the tutorial.

  17. Oh my goodness, my daughter will LOVE this! I’m going to have to set up a playdate with some of her little friends this summer so they can all make one of their own.

    Thank you so much for linking it up to my Summer Fun party ~ it will definitely make her summer fun!

    Laura @ Come Together Kids

  18. so cool – I LOVED playing with this growing up! What a hoot to get my girls doing this – we must try it.

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase! Hope to see you again this week!


  19. Thanks for linking up to my Tuesday Confessional party last week. You’ve been featured so stop by and grab a brag button! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/09/it-is-almost-time-for-this-weeks.html
    I hope to see you at this week’s link party which starts tonight.

  20. this is an amazing, amazing idea! i loved my magic 8 ball when i was little, and doing one on your own you can even personalize it. i will definitely be doing this! thanks! 🙂 lisa

  21. really cute idea! thanks for linking up to #kidsinthekitchen.