As a child, I would plead my case for anything that had a surprise inside, from breakfast cereal to Cracker Jacks. Christmas stocking surprises are still my absolute favorite. I am a bit of a magpie when it comes to collecting small treasures. I “hunt and gather” vintage trinkets wherever I go. So I love making these little paper balls and filling them with tiny treats. You can fill them with all sorts of goodies, like stickers, cupcake toppers, and old-fashioned hard candy. You can find a treasure trove of goodies in your local party store or on Etsy. Think of these as mini piñatas or a surprise party in a ball, and make them as favors for your next celebration.
Step 1: Start with the largest prize you want to include in the ball. I like to use a round object, such as a small rubber ball, as a starting point. Wrap the first treasure in a crepe paper streamer, tightly but not so tight that the paper rips, until it is completely covered. Then add the next treasure to the bundle and continue to wrap, using one continuous strip of crepe paper. Add confetti between the layers of prizes for another surprise. Repeat until all of your prizes are wrapped up in a ball. Use dabs of glue as needed to keep the crepe paper strands from unraveling, and to keep a round shape, roll the ball in your hands as you would a ball of dough.
Step 2: Using a paintbrush, lightly coat the entire ball with glue and then roll in clear glitter, to create the appearance of a sugarcoated treat. Allow to dry.
Step 3: Stack two cupcake liners, with glue in between for added support. Let dry.
Step 4: Put a bead of glue in the bottom of the stacked liners and attach the glitter-coated ball. Let dry, then add a bead of glue around the seam of the ball and liner and roll it in multicolored confetti.
Step 5: Put a cherry on top! Glue the red bead to the top of your surprise ball, and you’ve made the sweetest party favor of all time.
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