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...
Tissue paper (white and colored)
Red tissue paper fringe
Button (or mounting tape)
Construction paper (in red, pink and black)
Small leaf punch
Small star punch
1" circle punch
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 11: Cut off one tip of each star for the eyes and the stem of the leaf for the cheeks.
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.