Surprise Balls

When I finished making all the sewn paper streamers, I still had a good bit leftover so I decided to make surprise balls for the party favors. I don’t know if 14 years old would think “goody bags” were a bit juvenile (personally I’ll take a goody bag at any age) But I figured these surprise balls would be a pretty safe bet. My biggest thing about getting little trinkets and stuff for parties is you always have all this wasted plastic bags/packaging etc. To lessen that problem we went to a shop that has bins of toys and candy that they sell like 4 for $1.00 etc. Mix and match style. If I had more time I would try and get a little less junky trinkets to go inside, but these hopefully will appeal to his friends.

I started by cutting crepe paper streamers in half in long strips (12-20 inch or so). Then I took the first toy and carefully wrapped it in the streamer while trying to keep it in a slightly ball shape. Then when the streamer ended I grabbed a new color and the next trinket to wrap. Holding the next trinket up against the previously wrapped one I began to wrap the new streamer around both. Again always trying to keep a ball like shape.

When all the trinkets were wrapped and fully enclosed with streamers, I went around each bundle with one last streamer to try and get good ball shapes (some of mine are a bit off but that’s okay). Then I cut shorter lengths of streamer to create the rainbow effect you see on the finished ones. I used oval blank stickers to hold all the rainbow streamers together on the top and wrote “thanks for coming!” on each sticker.

I think unwrapping them will be quite fun and I am eager to make some for Christmas. I want to start finding fun interesting small goodies while thrift shopping, and save them for that very purpose. I also think it would be amazing to make a HUGE surprise ball leaving the streamers full sized to wrap it. You could do gifts that would work for everyone and then make a game of it by passing it around at a party and everyone takes a turn unwrapping a layer. Oh the possibilities, it would be cool for a white elephant style party too.

-Here is the surprise ball of my dreams which Sandra Juto got.
Here is the place you can buy such ball…and hereand here

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9 Responses to Surprise Balls

  1. mollie says:

    Do your kids know what a great mom they have? Tell them Mollie says so.

    (super cute, and also, congrats on your crafty win!)

  2. Nicole says:

    Those look great! I might have to give them a try for my oldest son’s birthday. It isn’t until January, but he already wants to have the party all planned out.

  3. emily says:

    When I was little, the only thing that made being sick at home better was the knowledge that I might (MIGHT) get a surprise ball.
    I love that you’re carrying on that flame!

  4. Jo James says:

    Great idea! I’m definitly doing this for Christmas.

  5. shellei says:

    I lovvvved these when I was kid and haven’t even thought of them in years! I bet kids of all ages would love them. Thanks for sharing your directions.

  6. I really like using these as wrappers in the White Elephant Gift Exchange Party….
    In fact, I am going to suggest we add this wrapping style into our online white elephant party on Facebook.

  7. cecilie says:

    Oooh, I love this idea! I`ll save it for when my little one gets older, she`ll love it! :)

  8. Louise says:

    How cute! They are like pass the parcel, but more grown up :)

  9. Amity says:

    You’re giving me great Christmas gift ideas!