Crafts DIY

Let’s Make & Receive Surprise Balls!


Remember my post about surprise balls? How I promised to post a tutorial soon and a feature on the ball I recieved? Well this is that tutorial and feature! I even got the chance to host the surprise ball swap this time around which has made me so inspired and excited! I just love swapping these things! If you’d like to buy one I also have them in my shop! I told you I was surprise ball crazy!

surprise ball

You’ll Need

  • crepe paper streamers (in a couple of colors!)
  • 10-20 candy and small gifts
  • a plastic capsule or small box
  • a sticker or label
surprise ball prizes
surprise ball prizes

Collecting the gifts is almost as much fun as making the ball! If you’re making it for someone be sure to include things they like. Some ideas of what to include: candy, small toys, jewelry, stickers, memo pads, erasers, rubber stamps, ink pads, glitter, craft supplies, tea, keychains, beads, charms, small tubes of glitter glue, etc.

surprise ball

Start with your plastic capsule or small box and fill it with one of the gifts. Then wrap the crepe paper around it until it’s covered.

surprise ball

Next add another surprise and wrap it up. Make sure you keep wrapping a bit after each gift so that they don’t fall out too fast!

surprise ball
surprise ball
surprise ball
surprise balls

Continue adding surprises and wrapping them up until the ball is finished then tape the end down and top with a cute sticker or label.

Now.. as if it wasn’t enough fun to *make* these I actually received one as well (from the original swap). I was so excited about opening this rainbow-covered ball that I giggled the whole time as candy and kawaii gifts fell into my lap. This ball was extremely large and took quite a long time to unwrap! My partner is a surprise ball pro! Thank you so much!

surprise ball received
surprise ball received
surprise ball received
surprise ball received

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  • Reply Gorillahearted 11/12/2011 at 11:25 pm

    awww this is so cute I am so excited to start swapping! thank you for showing everyone this! I think everyone needs a little bit of stuff like this in their lives 🙂

  • Reply Kreaftykj 11/13/2011 at 9:40 am

    Thanks so much in sharing this with us! I always wondered how to make a surprise ball, Where do you find all the cute kawaii items that you add to the ball?

  • Reply Amber Renée 11/13/2011 at 1:42 pm

    I think a great place to look would be party favors section, candy aisle, the craft supply section — I found a lot of my jewelry on eBay and made the rest.

  • Reply mpontalba 11/13/2011 at 9:39 pm

    Hey, that’s the surprise ball I got in the swap :)! Great pictures and thanks for the lovely little surprises!

  • Reply Jessica 11/17/2011 at 4:16 pm

    OMG!!! I totally love this idea. 😕 International. I can’t do any international right now with my budget. But it sounds like you love these so maybe in the future.

    • Reply Amber Renée 11/17/2011 at 4:36 pm

      Aww, that’s too bad! I’ve been getting a lot of comments about making it international so I decided to make a USA only swap also!!

  • Reply Penny 11/17/2011 at 7:33 pm

    I love this idea so much! I am going to do a couple up for christmas gifts for a few people I think will find this extremely amusing! 😀

  • Reply Piimanyx 11/18/2011 at 2:21 am

    Ho good Idea ! Very fun swap ! I like it! The two swaps are beautifull ! I like every thing ! If there are again one swap like this, maybe I’ll want participate ? !

  • Reply Wijkhuijs 11/18/2011 at 4:27 am

    Thanks for sharing this!
    It looks lovely!

    Hugs Priscilla

  • Reply Niza 11/18/2011 at 9:53 am

    This is so original! You do have some awesome stuff here
    I saved your blog in my bookmarks so I can come back to check
    all this awesome ideas!
    If it wasn’t because I’m so far away I’ll take your whole
    store with me 😛

  • Reply Glory 11/19/2011 at 4:37 pm

    I’m already signed up for this swap, I can’t wait. I’ve never made or received a surprise ball. Looks like fun!

  • Reply Iggygirl 11/22/2011 at 1:30 pm

    Love your blog! your giving me a lot of new gift ideas.

  • Reply pocci 11/26/2011 at 4:24 am

    What an awesome idea! I read about surprise balls on swap-bot and wondered, what they looked like. I want to try it myself as soon as I get a chance.

  • Reply Chaarlie 11/26/2011 at 7:49 am

    This is such a neat tutorial and one that i deffinitly needed as well! That camera is adorable. ^^ Your blog is amazing and its really giving me tons of new ideas for my no work days ^^

  • Reply Lola 12/10/2011 at 4:19 am

    Neat, especially if you reuse the paper for something else later. -hollychihuahua

  • Reply Maggie 12/16/2011 at 10:30 am

    This is so cute! I love surprise balls and always wondered how they were made. Thank for the tutorial! Wish I had seen your swap earlier so that I could participate. Maybe the next one ;p

  • Reply Edwin 01/29/2019 at 1:17 am

    I hope you will make video tutorials, I’m itching to use my personalised stamps I bought recently.

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