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DIY Surprise Ball Christmas Ornaments by Cindy Hopper for

Surprise Ball Christmas Ornaments

By Cindy Hopper

These little surprise balls add to the wonder and excitement of Christmas while also making an ornament for the tree!

Gather fun trinkets, the smaller, the flatter —the better! (tattoos, stickers, etc)

supplies to make surprise ball Christmas ornaments

Begin by cutting about a dozen strips of crepe paper 36″ long each. In the beginning fold crepe paper in half and wrap around the first object.
orange and yellow crepe paper

Wrap the crepe paper around a few times and then add in another surprise. As the ball gets bigger it will become unnecessary to fold the crepe paper.
Orange and yellow crepe paper wrapped around treats

When the crepe paper runs out, simply start with another piece.
Wrapping treat with orange and yellow crepe paper

Make sure trinkets are covered before adding another. Wrap tightly and sometimes it might be necessary to slightly twist the crepe paper to get it to cover the ball nicely.
orange and yellow crepe paper balls

Continue wrapping and adding treats!
Plastic toy inside crepe paper ball

Once the ball is the desired size, tape the end to finish off.
orange and yellow crepe paper balls

For final layer, cut about 2 yards of crepe paper in color you want the finished ornament. Fold crepe paper in half as it tightly wraps around the ball. Some surprise balls use a sheet of tissue paper to wrap around the ball for the final layer.
orange crepe paper ball

Bring a ribbon up around surprise ball on four sides and tie a bow.
green ornament wrapped with red ribbon

Add a wire hook or piece of ribbon for hanging.
green ball ornament with red ribbon and ornament hook

Hang on the tree. It would be a nice advent activity to allow the children to unwrap a surprise ball before Christmas arrives. These would also make fun gifts for extended family at large family gatherings. How exciting to unwrap a ball and find so many treats hidden inside!
Surprise ball ornament hanging on a Christmas tree

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About the Author

Cindy Hopper

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has cont...

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has continued her love of art and is now passing her creative skills on to her three children. Cindy’s family and friends are the beneficiaries of her passion for fun and meaningful creative projects.

Cindy’s personal blog, Skip to My Lou, has taken her love of a project to new levels. Postings keep the family busy -– from testing new recipes for holiday treats to designing and building floats for a neighborhood parade to making fabric rolls to hold crayons to creating themed parties. Cindy seems to have an unending supply of ideas for gifts, parties and rainy days.

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Ashley, with CWDkids

This is such a fun idea!
Thank you.
Ashley, with CWDkids


you’re a genius


Wow, what a great Christmas idea! I’ll have to give this a try while remembering to place it out of reach of tiny hands and/or paws, LOL.

The Domestic Contessa

What a GREAT idea! These could also make fun gifts for a toddler’s birthday. I’ve linked to you over at my blog. Thanks for sharing!

Brandy Rucker

Love this idea! I think it would be fun for advent.

Corinna Lyons-Revello

Well, that is just the cutest thing ever! What a cool idea!






This reminds me of a game we played when we lived in England, Pass the parcel. How fun to make a “decoration” out of it.


What a great idea- especially the advent one. You could have just one small tree for advent. I love it!


Such a fun idea for the kids! I think I will do a few of these for the days that the kids are out of school and we are waiting for Christmas to come. The treats will keep them entertained (read: out of my hair) and will build even more excitement. Love this.


What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing! I think I’ll hit the dollar store up for some fun little things to pop inside those!

Heather Katsoulis

so. totally. awesome. my daughter is going to love these. thanks!

Lenetta @ Nettacow

What a great idea! I linked to this on my weekly roundup – the post is under my name. Thanks so much!


this is the same craft as in website from 2006 i believe
Editor: Here’s NotMartha’s version: It’s pretty fab!
Also, surprise balls are available for sale here:


Found this GREAT idea on the “Teach Preschool” page on Facebook. Glad you shared… I’m going to try this with goodies for adults, also!

Old Father Christmas

Super fun. This was pointed out on an all-year Christmas newsletter I’m on. Thank for sharing the idea, they are really cute.


These would be so wonderful for birthday party favors! I’m thinking they will be great to use as part of kids advent or stocking stuffers!