The Surprise Ball

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. 🙂

20 responses to “The Surprise Ball”

  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. 🙂

    1. 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. 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!

    1. 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. Super cute! Thanks for the idea. 🙂

    1. Let me know if you try it!

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

    1. I’m up for it! I really want to make some more. Got any birthdays coming up?

  5. 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 😀


    1. Thanks, Wei-Wei! I’m glad that you’ve been here, too. 🙂

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

    1. We can all thank Gina ( for originally making them, and Andrea ( for photographing one and introducing me to the idea!

  7. oh wow. i love those. :::

  8. Thank you for the warm welcoming!

  9. that is so awesome!! way to go!

    1. Thanks, everyone! Now I’m really encouraged to make more. 🙂

  10. 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!

    1. Thanks! I’m with you on food-gazing… it’s one of my favorite hobbies. 🙂

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

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