5/2/12

Surprise Filled Gift Balls

creative ways to give a gift

This fun gift giving idea may look like just a ball of yarn, but it's really a bunch of little gifts wrapped layer by layer.  The recipient has to unwind the entire ball of yarn to receive all the gifts that are hidden inside!

This is a fun idea for Mothers or Fathers day, graduations, birthdays or anytime!(I can totally see a bunch of fishing lures and supplies wind up in a ball of twine or fishing line, for Fathers' day).  You don't have to use any special kind of yarn or string and in fact can keep layering and using different materals such as ribbon, jute, etc. if you'l like. You'll want at least enough to make a large grapefruit or small melon sized ball.  I used two kinds of yarn.

I ran across this idea at a great site called gomakesomething.com, you should check them out.

Here's how I made mine:

Gather any amount of small gift items that you'd like.  I used 6-8 items I think.
Start with your biggest item, in my case was a gift card and start winding the yarn around the item.
Keep winding the yarn in all directions till first item is nearly covered. Add another gift somewhere on the yarn ball and start wrapping it in also. (I like to go from biggest gift to smallest when choosing what to add next)


Jan's tip: In the middle of this project, you'll think, it's not coming together in a ball shape. Keep going! Because we started with the biggest most awkward shapes first it'll take a while before you can start to round it out a bit. The more yarn and more layers the more the ball will take shape.
Continue wrapping and shaping the gift into a ball shape, adding gifts as you desire. Also feel free to change types of yarn/ribbon etc anytime during the process. I chose to tie the two ends of the different yarns together, but you don't have to. 




Here's my finished ball.  I made a small gift tag and tied it near the end of the piece of string. I just tucked the end of the string in  a small loop under another piece so they could find it easier, but you can hide it by tucking it into the ball if you'd like.

43 comments:

  1. that is a really fun idea,. knowing me I would find the first gift and be so excited I would stop and not realize there were more;p

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    1. yeah, that would be me too!

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    2. I can't wait to make one, i have a daughter who loves to crochet, so she can always use the yarn too!

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  2. This is a fantastic idea for wrapping a gift. I have never seen it before. I will have to remember this.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to send me a nice comment today!
      Hugs
      Jan

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  3. I can see an engagment ring wrapped up in one of those! LOL

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    1. Anonymous5/09/2012

      great idea!!!!!

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  4. This is super cool. ha ha It makes them work a little before they get to the prize. Anticipation...

    Best wishes, Linda

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  5. I luv to trick people with their gifts. I sometimes put into larger boxes, add pebbles for sound effort or even put into usual wrapping to challenge them to figure out what the gift it. I luv your idea! I could really have fun with this :0) Clever craft idea :0)

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    1. I love your idea of the pebbles, I'm going to have to remember that one! You ARE tricky!
      Jan

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  6. Found your site via Reuse, Reduce, UPcycle. I've pinned this idea as I love to aggravate people and make them work to unwrap. Since you have so many tips on your blog I've enJOYed, I'm becoming a follower.

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    1. I'm so glad you found me and that you enJOYed a few things! I'm popping over for a visit to you!
      THanks
      Jan

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  7. How clever - it would be such a blast to watch my kiddos unwrap it!

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  8. This is great, everyone would love this.

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!
      Jan

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  9. Ah my kids would love this! Great idea! :)

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Jan!

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  10. This is a great idea! I pinned it to remember it. I think kids would love this! Most of the adults in my life would more likely be annoyed by it, they are no fun :)

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    1. I have a few adults in my life too. Party poopers! Glad you liked it though! Thanks for taking the time to send me some feedback!

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  11. Love it . . . thanks for the fun idea!

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  12. This is the sort of thing young children would just adore- just think of the sense of eager anticipation! Thank you very much for sharing this with us on Seasonal Celebration Sunday! Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network x

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  13. Congratulations!! You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! What a fun way to give small sized gifts! I hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button from the Button Box on the sidebar. Can’t wait to see what other projects you’ve been working on — hope you will link again soon!

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    1. Charlene, how exciting! Thank you very much for featuring my post! I will grab a button and meet you again at your next linky party!

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  14. I love this idea. Knowing me, though, I would end up thinking the yarn was the gift, and halfway through knitting, everything would pop out lol

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    1. That is so funny, I can see that happening! I must do this for my friend who knits now just to see what happens!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Jan

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  15. I am thinking Christmas stocking stuffer. How awesome. thank you for the great idea

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    1. That sounds like a FUN idea!
      Great suggestion!
      Jan

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  16. This would be a great idea for my sister in law... she's a knitter and would probably think the yarn was the gift, until she sees the tag! Great idea!!

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    1. Thanks! How fun that will be for your sister! (And for you to make and give!)
      Jan

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  17. I wonder if you you could do that with big bubble wrap instead of yarn for mailing? I have family out of state and want to send what would be the "big item" and it's a manicure kit in a mason jar (another pinterest goodie). This is such a cool idea!

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    1. I don't see why not! Just cut it into smaller "strips" or Crepe paper might work too! I love your gift idea, I am obsessed with mason jars!
      Jan

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  18. I remember doing this as child, but only once. Then I had forgotten all about this until I came across this at Pinterest. It brought back fond memories. Now I am excited to know how to do this so I can pass this onto my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. glad you found it! Have fun with the idea.

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  19. Awe......I LOVE IT!! That is such a cute idea...a Great idea! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  20. Fabulous Idea , Im making some for on-line friends who I have address already as I want them to be "Surprised "

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  21. Love this ideal! I hope to use it for some 2016 wrapping! TFS!

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  22. Using this for my stepson's 13th birthday this weekend.
    It will be full of cash(he's 13- that's all he's into, lol) & I plan to make it HUGE!
    Thank you so much for your tutorial!

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    1. How fun! He'll LOVE it!

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  23. Anonymous12/25/2016

    When I was a chuld in the 1950s/60s, you could buy similar balls wrapped in crepe paper strips, with small trinkets uncovered as you unwrapped.

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    1. How fun! What a fun memory!

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