‘Tis the season of birthday parties and seemingly inevitable sugar overloads. When it comes to party favors, it can be a challenge to think of non-edible, really exciting solutions. But, if you get a little creative, you can rank favorably with parents and kids alike.
These colorful and customizable DIY Surprise Balls can be filled with any manner of tiny treats and used for a variety of fun purposes — announcing baby gender, party invitations, table numbers, etc. We used them to fill a piñata for my daughter’s third birthday. Since there were already cake and cookies, we steered away from the candy and instead scoured the “miniatures” section at our local craft store. I threw together a few quick necklaces and picked up some temporary tattoos.
The fun is in the experience of unwrapping as much as with the surprise inside. They’re a fun way to have your guests interact, and when the balls are unwrapped, you’ve got a handful of party streamers to throw in the air!
Here’s what we used to create our Surprise Balls, but feel free to get creative and even let the little ones help wrap them:
- 3-4 colors of streamers*
- Tiny “surprise” objects (I found quarter-sized or smaller to be just right)
- Washi tape
*1 large streamer roll made three Surprise Balls about the size of a racket ball.
- Place your object on the edge of the streamer and start wrapping into a ball. I wrapped in a cross pattern (side to side and then top to bottom, repeatedly), until the object was covered entirely and then began forming the round shape. Twisting the streamer a bit as you wrap helps strengthen the shape and hold down streamer edges.
- Once it was about the size of a golf ball I added a second small surprise, either a tattoo or sticker, and continued wrapping and twisting until the object was the size of a racket ball.
- One final twist and finish with colorful washi tape. Happy wrapping!