Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Aquatic Surprise Balls

Three new and super cute surprise balls available at my Watermelon Party shop on Etsy.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Clown Surprise Ball

Instead of the ordinary (and sometimes boring) gift bag party favor at your next children's party, why not give surprise balls?!  They are tons of fun for kids to unwind and they make great party decorations before being handed out.  The Clown Surprise Balls would be a great party favor idea for a circus or carnival themed party.  They are available on Etsy to purchase but if you're on a budget and have time to spare, why not give it a try and make them yourself!  I'm happy to show you how to make one...

Crepe paper
Small prizes
Tissue paper (white and colored)
Red tissue paper fringe
Pom pom
Pipe cleaner
Scrapbook paper
Button (or mounting tape)
Construction paper (in red, pink and black)

Small leaf punch
Small star punch
1" circle punch
Tacky glue


Step 1:  Wrap the prizes with the crepe paper.  I usually use one color crepe paper for each prize.   The clown surprise ball is made using 6 prizes.  Wrap each prize generously with the crepe paper before adding the next prize.  Add a small dot of glue to the end of the last strip of crepe paper to secure it.

Step 2:  Wrap the completed surprise ball with one sheet of colorful tissue paper and pinch the paper around the ball until it is able to stay by itself.

Step 3:  Wrap a small circle of white tissue paper (about 7") around the ball and pinch in place.

Step 4: Glue the colorful paper to the white paper where the two meet.

Step 5: Place it down so that the papers dry flat.  Once dry, trim off the excess colorful paper or scrunch it up to the desired look and fullness of the clowns collar.

Step 6:  Cut a semi-circle shape out of the decorative scrapbook paper and form it into a cone shaped hat.  Keep the hat closed with glue or tape.  Glue the hat to the top of the ball.  Tip: Before gluing the hat in place, it's a fun idea to fill the hat with a couple of sealed candies for an extra surprise!

Step 7:  Glue the pom-pom and pipe cleaner in place.

Step 8: Pick which side of the clown's head you would like to be the face and glue on the button (or mounting tape) in the middle. This will serve as a base to give the nose more dimension.

Step 9:  Glue the tissue paper fringe around the middle of the ball for the clowns hair.

Step 10: Punch out the red nose, black eyes and pink cheek shapes using the circle, star and leaf punches respectively.

Step 11: Cut off one tip of each star for the eyes and the stem of the leaf for the cheeks.

 Step 12:  Glue the red circle over the button and glue the eyes and cheeks in place.

Step 13:  You are done!  The only thing left to do is let your guests have fun!

The Clown Surprise Ball was made in answer to a request from a customer.  I am always glad to work on new ideas and I welcome custom orders.  It's so fun to be put up to the challenge and discover new ways to work with paper! So what kind of surprise ball would you like to see?  Here is another customer idea; a giant ladybug with 20 prizes inside!

I am glad to share ideas with you to make for your own events but please do not reproduce with the intent to sell. Thanks.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Art Doll Giveaway Winner!

The art doll giveaway winner is ....

All the entries were written on strips of paper, placed in a Faberge mini teapot and only one was randomly picked.   Su Johnson doubled her chances to win by leaving a comment AND liking M Ann M Creations of Facebook and it looks like it paid off.   She is the winner of her choice of The Mad Hatter marionette!  Congrats Su, and I'm so glad he's off to a nice home!