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The Surprise Ball

June 9, 2010

Edited to add: For all of you lovelies who are visiting from Abby’s fabulous blog, welcome! I hope you enjoy your visit. 🙂

So I saw this surprise ball and decided I had to make one of my own. And I decided to fill it with cute trinkets and a gift card and give it to my niece for her wedding shower (and then I wouldn’t have to attempt carry a blender with me on the airplane). You basically wrap lots of tiny things in crepe paper, turning and turning as you go, until it’s a ball-o-goodies. (It will probably help to look at the link up there, so you can see what I mean.)

I got all these trinkets to go inside:

I found crepe paper and used my chef’s knife to slice it in half, so that the strips would be thinner. Then I started wrapping!

I was worried that it wouldn’t be ball-shaped…

But it worked out in the end.

My niece unraveled it bit by bit…

It took quite a while to get to the center, but it was fun to watch. Surprise balls are my new favorite thing. I think they’re the only gift I’ll ever give from now on. 🙂

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20 Discussion to this post
  1. hi! found my way here via abby’s blog. lovely place you have here. coincidentally, i am traveling for a wedding next week! i read about the SAME surprise ball and was wondering if replicating it would work out. you’ve inspired me to give it a shot. all the food + eating + cooking + food photos have me drooling. please consider me a new fan. 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      Thank you so much… I’m so glad you’re enjoying my little blog! I’d love to see your surprise ball if you do it… once you get going it’s pretty easy, as long as you have everything set out beforehand. I’m TOTALLY making another one soon. 🙂

  2. jenna says:

    over from abby’s. this is awesome! i was so jealous and awe-struck when i saw the surprise ball on hula seventy. yours looks pretty great, too!

    • Crystal says:

      Welcome, Jenna! I’m pretty excited about this whole surprise ball thing. Now to find presents for all my friends and family’s birthdays that are very very small… 🙂

  3. Nicole says:

    Super cute! Thanks for the idea. 🙂

  4. abby says:

    It turned out great!!!
    Let’s go to Toy Joy and make some!!!!

  5. Wei-Wei says:

    Haha I’ve been here for a long time! I always enjoy what you post… but especially the edibles. 😉 This surprise ball is a wonderful gift idea for kids! I like it 😀


  6. Elly says:

    Woo! That’s a brilliant, brilliant idea! 🙂

  7. tifanie says:

    oh wow. i love those. :::

  8. Riccardo says:

    Thank you for the warm welcoming!

  9. jodi says:

    that is so awesome!! way to go!

  10. shellie says:

    your surprise ball turned out fantastic…i have been meaning to make one myself…the food here looks delicious…im a sucker for good looking food!

  11. Flavia says:

    This is the cutest thing! I might send the little gifts that I want to give to my family in Brazil in this format 🙂
    Lovely, thanks as ever!

  12. connie says:

    Crystal, you have opened my eyes to a whole new world of gift giving!

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