Surprise! tutorial – how to make a surprise ball

19 12 2009

We’ve been making these for the last few years for Glitter Glue Princess’s pals.  This year, 2 young ladies were chosen.  What follows are photos of one of the balls being made.

The photo below shows everything we put into the surprise ball.


This year it was really all about a charm bracelet, and three charms that the kiddo selected for each girl.  She also thought they could use lanyards for their school id’s that matched.  We bought a big book of xmas stickers and cut them up to share between the girls, added a target gift coin, and a few more trinkets, and there you have it!  One roll of streamers makes two to three balls, depending on the number of layers and amount of trinkets contained.

I do mine differently than a few of the instructions out there, as I use one continuous piece of crepe paper to do the wrapping.  Initially, that was problematic, as the crepe paper roll would twist while you were winding.  But…  I found a solution!  A pencil and an extra set of hands, or something to set the pencil upon, makes quick work of the roll of crepe paper, and speeds you up immensely.

First, you pick the bulkiest thing you have – in this case, it is this:


To make him more compact, he was rolled and taped to make the center of the ball.

Then, you just start wrapping,

and wrapping,

and wrapping.  The goal here is to wrap with your items to come out with a round shaped ball at the end.  So, if you start with something flat and tubular as I did, you need to build up the sides to get to a ball shape.

This is what you end up with after you have wound all your trinkets up into the ball:


Next, you just tie on a ribbon and a gift tag!

They work great for birthdays, christmas, and even valentines day, if you are so inclined.

Now if you excuse me, I have to deliver some gifts…..

Lolcats – now with more vampire.

6 12 2009

This is the best twilight inspired thing I’ve seen yet… Now I don’t have to go see the movie – bwahahaha.

Some Etsy Love at the Fulton Street Artisans Market

18 08 2008

Glitter Glue Princess and I trekked to Grand Rapids for the Fulton Street Artisans Market – many, many Etsy-ans were there.  It was sweltering hot, and if you didn’t have a tarp or umbrella, you basically cooked.

There was a tiedye guy there, and we had a long discussion about supply and tying technique – very nice.  You can see from the following pics that we had ours on yesterday.

She and I met Boogerelli – her stuff is totally adorable.  She gave the Glitter Glue Princess a pin and a sticker – aren’t these the cutest (sorry for the fuzzy pic – camera is acting up-or bad operator, I don’t know):

We bought a couple of lovely necklaces from a lady whose name I didn’t get.  If you are she, please comment and I will fix this grievous error…  Perhaps you will recognize the shirts, since we did discuss them…

The red flowers in this exactly match a skirt we bought from Macy’s the day before at the half off sale.

We also bought a couple of lovelies from The Empty Nest:

We’ll definitely go again…

What happens when….?

1 06 2008

two girls get loose with my camera?

Well, see for yourself….