The 500 foot roll of crepe streamer from Party City worked fine for me. It’s about 1-1/2 or 2 inches wide. Smaller rolls were available too, in a variety of colors. No cutting required. I started with two poppers closed together to form a ball, with a Hershey’s kiss inside. I rolled in stickers of the letters of my daughter’s name, in reverse order, so that as she unrolled, her name came out, letter by letter. I also found her name in foil at party city, so I put a few of those in too.
To “package” the ball, I enclosed it in clear plastic – saran wrap, or clear wrapping plastic film. Tape the edges closed. That worked well for her to see the “label” and keep it together (in spite of her “inspections” of it) until it was time to open and unroll it. Since it was her birthday, I included coins from the year she was born.
I put a pencil through the center of the crepe paper streamer oll, then put the pencil on some books, and more books on top of them to hold the roll of crepe streamer.
I found it better to roll the crepe streamer onto the bottom of the ball. This is like the ball rolling towards the big roll. This allowed me to put items onto the crepe streamer, and roll the ball with some pressure. Things still fell out until I got the hang of how to roll it.
She loved it!
One could also use multiple colors.
I was going to put a kid watch in it, but forgot.
I make these for nieces and nephews every year. Mine turn out sort of bigger, like around 8 to 10 inches, because I usually put a larger item in the center to start it off – it’s surprising what will fit in there, it gets really compacted by the outer wrapping. I’ve put knit hats, balled-up PJ pants, and small stuffed animals in the center. Gloves and pairs of socks are really good for helping with the roundness too, as you keep wrapping. I suggest putting a sticker or tab of paper or tape or something where the end of the wrapping is, so kids can easily know where to start unwrapping.
Elaine Petrone developed her Miracle Ball method out of her own experiences with chronic pain. In addition to her books, she’s written for and been featured in Fitness , Vogue , Woman’s Day , Glamour , Redbook , Self , Elle , Town & Country , and Harper’s Bazaar . She has consulted Fortune 500 companies in stress and pain management as well as appeared on nationally syndicated television shows for Fox News, Lifetime, NBC and ABC news. With over 30 years of experience, Elaine teaches regularly at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, and trains students at hospitals and healing centers across the country. She lives in southern Connecticut. Her website is .