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Surprise Balls

Today I am making lots and lots of surprise balls. They are basically balls that are wrapped up in crepe paper and you unroll them and find surprises. I have a whole box in my project closet that is devoted to supplies to make surprise balls so when I see something cool in a store I pick it up. They are great last minute presents. I loved this one below from Sandra Junto’s blog (via Seesaw Designs). I am actually in the process of making a tutorial that should be up next week on how to make them.

  1. Teresa

    September 9, 2009

    Oh, I almost forgot about these! I loved those balls!

  2. Laura

    September 9, 2009

    Like a super hip version of "pass the parcel"… a holiday game my husband grew up playing.

  3. simply_hibiscus

    September 9, 2009

    oo oyou made yours so pretty

    these would be great on a christmas tree as ornaments with names and then the little kids and adults pick one

  4. MMW

    September 9, 2009

    They sell these at our local market. LOVE LOVE LOVE them. Especially the quaint and eclectic mixture of surprises inside.

  5. Jane Flanagan

    September 9, 2009

    I love these – wouldn't they be great for Halloween!? So great!

  6. princess lasertron

    September 9, 2009


  7. Melanie O

    September 9, 2009

    I love this! I'm going to have to try it ASAP.

  8. Deece

    September 9, 2009

    Cute! I'm sure my daughter would love help make some.

  9. celi.a

    September 9, 2009

    We used to do this as young teens for friends' birthdays…but with toilet paper. 🙂 It was a lot of fun. Yours are gorgeous!

  10. chiara

    September 9, 2009

    what great colors you used!

  11. Kella MacPhee Photojournalist

    September 9, 2009

    I loved these!! They were my favorite as a kid! Great Idea!

  12. megan and melissa

    September 9, 2009

    This is such a fun idea…this is definitely going into my inspiration file. I can't wait for the tutorial.

  13. CMN

    September 9, 2009

    That just looks COMPLETELY wacky! Can't wait for the tutorial… these would be a serious laugh for all sorts of fun occasions. Thanks, Jordan!

  14. Becky

    September 10, 2009

    Wow, such a good idea!

  15. Passementerie

    September 10, 2009

    What a completely gorgeous idea! I love them.

  16. Amanda Conley

    September 10, 2009

    These would be great to take with kids on an airplane or road trip.

  17. DolceDreams

    September 10, 2009

    How fun, i love the idea…I'll keep an eye out for your tutorial!

  18. Chloe

    September 10, 2009

    Jordan, these are GORGEOUS. Wow…

  19. cori

    September 10, 2009

    pretty little things club?

    just a thought.

    i am loving my monthly surprises.

    thank you!

  20. Liz Galvin

    September 10, 2009

    Very cute Jordan! I love the brightly colored wrapping.

  21. sandra

    September 10, 2009

    🙂 the surprise ball in the pictures is made by a lovely lady called gina namkung and you can buy some at kiosk in NY (

  22. Fashionably Kate

    September 10, 2009

    ooh.. please show us how!!

  23. simplymodernmom

    September 10, 2009

    Can't wait to see the tutorial. I love the surprise ball and would love to make one!

  24. thedoodlegirl

    September 11, 2009

    How completely unique and adorable! Tutorial! Tutorial!

  25. Sara C. Walk

    September 12, 2009

    that is such a fun idea!!! i love it!!!

  26. saradowle

    September 12, 2009

    Wow, you're blog is sooo colourful! 🙂
    Great idea!

  27. Gina

    September 12, 2009

    Thanks for the post… but just so your readers know, the photos were taken (how gorgeous no?) by my Swedish friend, Sandra Juto. Check her out at

  28. Michelle

    September 12, 2009

    I have never seen these- what great idea for kid parties.

  29. birthday girl

    September 13, 2009

    good fun! i hadn't heard of these before.

  30. A Day That is Dessert

    September 14, 2009


  31. tyler

    September 14, 2009

    these are brilliant little treats. what a clever idea. i'll surely look for your tutorial! perfectly nostalgic to bring out the kid in everyone.

  32. Megan

    September 15, 2009

    Aha, I think I see an excuse for buying that japanese masking tape! Excellent.

  33. HomageBlog

    September 15, 2009

    What a great idea! That is absolutely beautiful! ~K

  34. Absolutely Small

    September 17, 2009

    Oh, thank you for posting these! I loved these as a little girl…and I haven't been able to find any for years. Yours are way more gorgeous than the ones I remember, though. ^-^

  35. Terra

    September 18, 2009

    My husband proposed to me through a Surprise ball. Each toy represented a different memory and the center was my ring! so thoughtful and an amazing way to give a gift.

  36. Laura Major (Learning Is Child's Play)

    April 9, 2010

    I Love this idea! Where did you find the little trinkets to put in the ball?

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