DIY orange surprise balls

9 Dec

Did you get an orange in your stocking when you were growing up? I always did, right in the toe. Something to do with Santa paying someone’s dowry or my grandpa having to eat the orange “peel-n-all” during the depression or something like that. I thought these surprise balls would be a fun twist on that old tradition. They can be made big or small, I tried to keep mine close to the size of a small grapefruit (it’s supposed to be an orange after all).#DIY orange surprise balls


several different colors of crape paper including orange

small surprises (stickers, erasers, etc.)

white glue


green construction paper

a button

First cut the crape paper in half (HonestlyWTF suggests using crape paper sheets and cutting it into stripes but I wasn’t sure where to find that in town so I used streamers). This step was a little tedious.

Start wrapping your surprises up! I started with something round (a light-up ball) to help get the right shape. Just wrap the first surprise in crape paper until it is fully covered. Then switch colors and add another surprise. Keep wrapping and adding items until everything is inside! Make sure to use orange for the final layer.

WrapingSurpriseBallNow that everything is all wrapped up. Use a dab of glue to secure the end. Then cut a couple small leaves from the construction paper and glue them over the end and glue the button on top of the leaves. Let it dry and it’s ready to be unwrapped!

If  you wanted to tell the story behind the tradition, you could add it on strips of paper with the surprises.

Side note: Dogs don’t really like crape paper



19 Responses to “DIY orange surprise balls”

  1. Lauren December 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    I Love this! It is so precious and thoughtful and such a sweet spin off of an old tradition. And how cute is that puppy?!

    • makingmondays December 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

      Thanks! Haha. I thought I could take a really cute picture of him all wrapped in streamers but he was paralyzed with fear, not what I was going for but still really cute

      • Lauren December 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

        Hahaha! Poor thing!

  2. courtneyandmichael2013 December 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    Awe! Such a cute idea!!

  3. A Wee Nest December 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Ohmygosh. I love your poochie! And I love this idea! So cool. I will definitely do this for Clarke when she’s older!

  4. Hello Pomelo December 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    How cute! And your dog’s super adorable, with or without crêpe paper! 🙂

  5. Who'd Have Thought? December 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Fantastic idea! Jane

  6. Sincerely Kate December 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Oranges in our stockings was never a tradition, but I know it happened on one occasion. I would have rather gotten a surprise ball, haha.

  7. Laura December 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    What a neat idea! I’ve never heard if these, but I bet someone in my family has!

  8. amandabruyere December 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Love this idea!

  9. erinholmqvist December 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Very cute. We always got oranges in our stockings when we were kids. I’ll have to make one of these for my brother this year!

  10. thriftytravelmama December 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Fun idea! I don’t like oranges, so I don’t put them in the kids’ stockings, but my husband grew up with this tradition. Great way to make everyone happy 😉

  11. Lisa Elizabeth December 10, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    AWWWWWW your doggie!!! So cute!!!

  12. FictionalKitchen December 11, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    These are so cute. I will probably be mean and make a couple of them for each stocking. Then one will be an actual orange rather than a present!

    • makingmondays December 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      How funny! You could also use Clementines in the middle, so there are little gifts but the main event is still an orange

  13. Cindy December 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    We always got an orange and an apple! These are really cute – great idea! Dogs brighten up everything! Thanks!

  14. catseatdogs Makes and Bakes December 20, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    This is such a cool idea, I am definitely going to make some of these!

  15. December 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Lovely! …Have a Happy New Year! 🙂


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