What the heck is a dorodango?

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Randomly Spotted on the Galactic Interweb…

Dorodango is a Japanese craft that takes the simplest of all materials -ordinary mud- and, using some skill and concentration, transforms it into something beautiful. A shiny, perfect sphere is carefully formed and polished to a high shine using just dirt and water. It’s a strangely compelling idea. Working with attention and care you can turn something usually overlooked into something amazing. It’s a great project for kids or adults to learn about mindfulness in work and creativity, while creating something cool and fun (and free!). Learn about the history of dorodandgo here. Learn how to make them here. Have you made a dorodango? Please share your experience with us!
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  1. Asheri says:

    I’ve got to try this for myself. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  2. CrittyLu says:

    I have been dieing to try these! I even got my husband to stop on the side of the road to collect red dirt. 🙂

  3. Claire says:

    I made one a couple of years ago using the directions in Craft magazine. I love it and it remains displayed on a bookshelf to this very day!!

  4. Rose says:


    They did a segment on Mythbusters about them!

    I’ve tried using sandy soil once. It took a lot of patience, but it was rewarding. Unfortunately I had to abandon the ball before it was complete….I placed it by a lightpole, in hopes that someone would discover it one day.

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