Last year I made the girls these Easter Bunny themed crepe paper surprise balls and they were so much fun! A surprise ball is simply crepe paper streamers wrapped around little trinkets and/or candy. When it’s unwrapped the trinkets are revealed. You never know which turn of the paper will reveal a gift so it’s a surprise until the very end. They were really easy to make and unwrapping them and finding all the surprises inside was more fun for the kids then looking through an Easter basket.
I started by collecting some little trinkets to put inside. I opted not to put any candy in because I knew the kids would get enough candy elsewhere. I gave them stickers, bracelets, hair clips, little paint sets, rubber stamps and bunny-shaped erasers.
I first saw this idea from Martha Stewart and I wasn’t sure if mine would turn out so perfectly round, especially since I had some large-ish rectangular items to wrap inside. It did start put pretty lumpy and bumpy but as I wrapped the items I pulled the crepe paper tight and it quickly started to round out. I wrapped the biggest items first so that their lumps and corners would be well-hidden inside. That made it easy to keep the round shape as it grew and I added stickers and bracelets as I got closer to the end of my paper.
The wrapping and winding was a little tedious, especially with the crepe paper twisting around, but all in all this was a really easy project.
I taped the end of the paper down to keep it from unwrapping on its own. I cut ear shapes from leftover paper and taped a toothpick to the back of them. I left a bit of the toothpick sticking out from the bottom of the ear and used that to poke it into the ball. I then drew a bunny face with a marker and propped them up on some Easter-themed cupcake papers. I used a whole roll of crepe paper for the pink bunny and a little less for the purple one because I wanted Carys Áine’s to be a little smaller.
Sairshe quickly got the hang of unwrapping and discovered a quick way of pulling on the end and following the ball around the deck, finding the surprises that spilled out.
Little one year old Carys Áine needed some help unwrapping hers.
Both kids were thrilled with their goodies!
This did make a bit of a mess, with the giant pile of crepe paper left over. We discovered that it’s perfect for making a hilarious Easter mummy and then it’s all recyclable since it’s paper!
Are you making anything special for Easter this year?