How to make surprise balls

Erica at Honestly…WTF has a nice tutorial on how to make pretty "Surprise Balls," which are balls of brightly colored and decorated crepe paper that contain multiple goodies in the layers of wrapping. I want one filled with dark-chocolate covered coffee beans.

Prepare the supplies by cutting the fine crepe paper, lengthwise, into three 1″ strips per color. When picking out the toys, candy, and surprises, be sure to select an assortment of sizes from larger round shaped items to small flat items. Start by wrapping the largest item. Work in a criss cross pattern to cover as much surface area as possible.

Visit her site for the complete step-by-step


    1.  It’s been a couple of hours – either we’re all too classy or we’re just not as snappy as you suspect…

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    I am a faithful BB reader and enjoy the RSS feed but am not interested in the new family specific content. Additionally, all of the responses I can think of for a post titled “How to make surprise balls” are not appropriate for a family site. Are there plans to eventually split family content away from the main site after testing it on the general audience?


    1. Good point. I realize that many of us BB commenters don’t really consider what’s appropriate when posting comments. Perhaps the lesson is for families to view the family content TOGETHER!

      Oh, or a button to show/hide comments, which defaults to hiding.

    2. If they were to flag the “Family” content by, say, including “Boing Boing Family” in every family related headline, maybe that would be enough to get commenters to show restraint when something as tasty as “surprise balls” gets included in the headline. 

      I think the commenters here care enough about the site to play nice on a “Family” tagged thread. We can be all dirty minded on other posts.

      That being said, since Boing Boing also posts NSFW content at times, splitting out a separate site might be a nice way of isolating inappropriate content from children. Also, people who use contents blocking browser software for their kids might find that the site is blocked to their children because some content is not child appropriate.

  2. I love making these. I initially got the idea from Not Martha and have been honing my own special style for everal holidays since. I get almost much fun making them as the kids and yeah, grow ups, have unwrapping them.

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