If you are following along, and read our one little word post, you may have caught my small (okay, dramatic) mention of 2014 being a rather tough year for my little family. Very few people knew, but my sister Stephanie could tell I was having a hard time and that I needed some cheer in my life. She sent me the most fun, cheerful, full of bright color package.
She mailed me a surprise ball. Stephanie actually introduced me to the concept of surprise balls a few years ago. They are a really fun way to wrap multiple small gifts.
1. Collect/purchase several small items that the recipient will love (ideas at the bottom of the post).
2. Start with a small object and begin wrapping it with a strip of crepe paper. You can use one color and keep wrapping it, adding small objects as you wrap, or for this surprise ball Stephanie cut a rainbow of colors so that as I unwrapped it there was a new color every few yards of crepe. Make sure to pull it tight as you go and turn it as you wrap so it starts to form a ball shape. Put the bulkiest prizes towards the center.
How could you not be happy looking at this pile of bright crepe?
3. You could leave the outside one solid color, but Stephanie decided to take it one fun step further and turn it into a heart/love emoji. Its pretty adorable. She did it by using the yellow crepe last and then adding heart eyes and a mouth out of card stock.
Need ideas for what small objects to put in a surprise ball to cheer a sister or friend up?
Here is what Stephanie put in mine:
She started with the nail polish in the middle. It was the perfect size to start. She added paper clips and small sticky notes in sky shapes, gift tags, washi tape, adorable elephant paper clips, a bracelet, stamps, a hand carved stamp ( she is the best at stamp making!), a Christmas garland with a favorite childhood quote, felt balls, a caramel, Chapstick, tiny bobby pins, ribbon and an eraser. It’s pretty amazing how many things you can fit into a little ball!
This package totally made my day. I’m really thankful for a sweet sister who is so considerate and willing to put this together for me. I know if you do it for someone else it will totally cheer them up too!
And just because it is so fun to unwrap Amanda filmed a little hyper lapse video with an iPhone of me unwrapping it! I dare you to not want to make one after watching it!