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A DIY Project the Whole Family Will Enjoy.

This might be the best idea for a family activity I have seen in a long time. It's called a Surprise Ball and it's as fun to make as it is to open it later and reveal what's inside. A surprise ball is all about the unraveling of layer after layer, and finding more and more surprising little prizes. It's fun to make, it looks wonderful, and I guaranty it's something kids will love.

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Here is a list of the things you will need to make you own surprise ball:

•Fine crepe paper in 10 colors
•10 Kinds of small toys or candies.
•Dresden trim or glitter (optional).
•Quick drying glue.

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Once you have all the supplies you need it's time to start cutting the fine crepe paper. Cut strips about an inch wide (2.5 cm) lengthwise, 3 strips per color should be enough. Take the largest or best gift from the 10 and start wrapping it in a criss cross pattern, to cover as much surface area as possible.

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When the first strip is at its end continue warping with 2 more strips of the same color. When the 3rd strip is done, use a small amount of glue the seal the ending.

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Take another item, either small or large, and continue wrapping around the two with a different colored paper.

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As you add more and more items start thinking about properly placing items in order to form the shape of a ball in the end.

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Continue adding items and wrapping, remember to changed color after each new item is added.

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As the ball gets larger and rounder use your smaller and flatter items.

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Last wrap!

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When you are done wrapping you can decorate the ball with thinner strips of the crepe paper and with the dresden trim.

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And there you have it! You now have a beautiful gift to stuff stockings, pass around at dinner parties or use at children sleepovers. Enjoy!

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