A surprise ball is a ball of crepe paper containing little prizes that are collected as you unwind the ball.
A surprise ball is a special way to send gifts to someone special of any age. Just find the little trinkets and candies that they love, wind them in crepe paper and 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!
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 or more, depending on the size and shape of the items.
Start 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 them 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.
When you’re finished, attach a note with their name or “open me” securely on the end of the crepe paper so when they peel it off the crepe paper begins to unravel. We’ve used the Sur-prize note that matches our Backwards Party theme.
Depending on who will be receiving the surprise ball, you may want to include a gift card or some sort of instructions explaining the surprise ball – assuring them that it’s not some prank or terrorist plot!
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 favorite niece or nephew? Send them a surprise ball with little figures, collectible cards & candies from their favorite tv show.
The Surprise Ball was all the rage in the 70s, but you don’t really hear much about them anymore. Have you ever received a surprise ball? Has someone come to mind that you know would love to receive one? I hope you feel inspired to give it a try and bring a smile to someone’s day.