Brighten someone’s day with a surprise ball – a ball of crepe paper with small gifts wrapped inside with every wind of streamer. We show you how to make a surprise ball gift or special message.
The Surprise Ball was popular in the 70s, but you don’t really hear much about them anymore.
A surprise ball is an exciting way to send little gifts to someone special of any age.
Fill it with little trinkets and candies that they love, all wound inside a crepe paper ball.
Mail it or leave it somewhere for them to discover.
Surprise balls are a fun way to send a secret message.
Send a party invitation, an I Love You message – maybe even a wedding proposal!
How a Surprise Ball Works
A surprise ball is crepe paper little prizes wrapped inside as it is wound into a ball. Each little gift is discovered as you unwind the ball.
You can make the ball as big as you wish – and you’d be surprised to see how many prizes you can wrap inside. Just one roll of crepe paper can hold 20 prizes, depending on the size and shape of the items.
How to Make a Surprise Ball
The first thing you attach to the strip of crepe paper is the message you want to send. This is what they will see last, after they have received all the trinkets.
- tell them who sent the surprise ball
- put the party information if it is an invitation: time, date, place
- send your birthday or love wishes
Wind the crepe paper around the message a couple of times to cover it up.
If you are making a gift invitation, the next thing you add is the name of the party so they know it’s an invitation. (When they continue unwinding they will get the details of the party that you just put on the crepe paper.) Wrap the crepe paper around your message a couple of times.
Start adding your trinkets with the smallest sized gift. Put it on the crepe paper, roll the paper around a couple of times to hold it in place.
Put the next sized gift on the crepe paper, roll the paper around . . . and so on wrapping the gifts from smallest to largest.
After a couple of prizes your ball has some bulk, so start wrapping in a criss-cross pattern to create that distinctive ball shape. Don’t add too much crepe paper between prizes because the idea is for the trinkets to drop out as they unwind – just a couple of circles to cover it and ensure that it will stay in place.
If you need to use another roll of crepe paper just tape the two ends together and keep wrapping gifts inside.
Once you’ve wrapped all the trinkets it’s time to end the ball.
Attach a note with their name or “open me” securely to the crepe paper so when they peel it off the crepe paper begins to unravel.
Your message should be bigger than the width of the crepe paper so they can get a firm grasp of it.
(We’ve used the Sur-prize note that matches our Backwards Party theme.)
Cut the crepe paper strip and firmly fasten message to the ball.
You may want to include a gift card or instructions explaining how the surprise ball works – assuring them that it’s not some prank or terrorist plot!
Give them the Surprise Ball & Wait for the Smiles
Mail it in a box or courier envelope or leave it somewhere for them to discover and wait for the excitement to begin.
Do you know someone who has the winter blues?
Send them a surprise ball with specialty teas & tickets to their favorite show.
Do you miss your niece, nephew or grandchild? Send them a surprise ball with little figures, collectible cards & candies from their favorite TV show or movie.
I hope you feel inspired to give it a try and put more play in someone’s day with a surprise ball.
Want even more? See our new party invitation ideas.
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