Surprise Ball: For Your Dude

Surprise Ball: For You Dude //

I have been struggling with what to name this thing… I  mean. How do I even name this without it sounding dirty? It was hard, but I think I did it. Say hello to the Surprise Ball: For Your Dude. Yup. It’s a surprise ball…. for your man. Ha! A man surprise ball package (see dirty, or maybe it’s just me).

What’s a surprise ball you ask? Well, it’s a ball of crepe paper and goodies. Typically these are for kids. In fact, I made about 10 kiddo surprise balls for R’s birthday party in December. The kids LOVED them. They were all distracted for a good 34 minutes. For Christmas I made a “lump of coal” for my uncle. It pretty much had everything in it as this ball, but in the center was a gift card.

This last week my husband celebrated his birthday. SO, I thought this would be a fun for me fun gift for him. I filled the ball with all things he can use and likes. I took a before picture…


What was in there? Well…

– two small packages of coffee

– shaving Cream

– two 5 hour energy bottles

– Siracha

– Ranch Corn Nuts

– pumpkin seeds

– a whole package of Reese’s easter eggs….

– beef stick

– four Slim Jims

– two pairs of socks

– 8 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

– 8 Kit Kat Bars

– a bottle of Session beer

– small deodorant

– chapstick

– annnnnnd gum

Crepe Paper

How do you make a surprise ball?

You need quite a bit of crepe paper. I used 5 rolls of black and one roll of white. I didn’t pay attention to how much was in each roll, but I’d say getting 6 – 7 would be safe. Try and put the larger items in the center. Some people like to do one continuos strip of crepe paper. I don’t. I tore off 1 – 2 yard sections to wrap each prize. I started with the Siracha, then shaving cream, and beer. From there I just tried to place items to make it look more like a ball. The socks and snack bags were helpful to soften corners. Wrap, wrap, wrap. Surprisingly… it only took just over an hour to wrap the whole thing.

Surprise Ball Wrap

When you’re done maybe add a bow? Pretty ribbon wrapped around it? A tag? Give to your favorite dude in your life, and have fun. If you’re curious about the actual scale of this surprise ball I placed my Chihuahua, Angus, next to it. He’s 6 pounds. P.S. he always looks terrified.

Surprise Ball

ALRIGHT! Happy Monday to all of you. Have you ever made or received a surprise ball?

– Chelsey

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Categories: diy, Gifts


  • Chihuahua Wardrobe on said:

    What an awesome idea! It's just in time for Easter too (as long as you make it now lol!)

  • Susannah on said:

    This is such a good idea! I'm totally going to make one now!

  • Tranae on said:

    Awesome idea and love the ball jokes lol.

  • Ashley on said:

    What a great idea. I remember something like this at a birthday party when I was younger. It would be fun to do these as Easter eggs and doing them in lieu of baskets!

  • Jennifer on said:

    Such a cool idea! The gift that keeps on giving, literally! 😉 Thanks for sharing.

  • Eleanor on said:

    This is such a clever idea. And I think my LO would love it too. 🙂

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