This Halloween gift idea is too cute to be spooky! Make this Frankenstein’s Monster Surprise Ball for the little monsters in your life!
This might be my most favorite Halloween Surprise Ball I’ve made! This little guy is just too dang cute!
Note: I would have just called him Frankenstein, but my book loving daughter would not have it! She made sure I knew that this is actually Frankenstein’s Monster, because Frankenstein is actually the doctor. I mean, I knew that…but I didn’t really think about it before. She’s a teenager, it was really annoying to her that I didn’t grasp that concept. Lesson learned. #eyeroll
Supplies for Frankenstein’s Monster Surprise Ball
If you haven’t seen one of my tutorials for a surprise ball yet, then this might be new information…but you can put any little thing in these cute gifts! This is just what I used for mine, I got all of my supplies from Oriental Trading. They have a HUGE amount of small items that are perfect for surprise balls! I have also some included Amazon links (affiliate links included) for you to find the same or similar items if you would like to get them with your 2 day prime membership!
- Free Printable Accessories (for his bolts) and Bookmark, at bottom of this post.
- Black Crepe Paper
- Lime Green Crepe Paper
- Sharpie Marker
- Wiggle Eyes
- Monster Kick Ball
- Skeleton Plush
- Flexible Skeleton
- DIY Trick or Treat Bag
- Monster Finger
- Green Pop Rocks
- Glue Stick
- Tacky Glue or Hot Glue
Now let’s start making this cute little guy shall we?
Frankenstein’s Monster Surprise Ball
The best way to start a surprise ball and keep a good round shape, is start with a good round shape! You can start with any roundish object like this Monster Kick Ball. Wrap in crepe paper, I used black because I was running low on green, so I wanted to save it for the end.
To change directions, after you’ve wrapped in one direction for awhile, just make a corner with the paper and start wrapping in that direction. You want to cover each item completely! Then cut the paper and secure with a little dab of the glue stick.
Take your next item and add it to the ball. Start with the smaller items, or items that can wrap around the ball, that will keep it nice and tight, which is what you want.
Once your smaller objects are wrapped, the bigger items can be added, just keep them tight and wrap around the whole ball when possible so that the ball stays somewhat even, or add more items or paper to keep it roundish.
The last layer was the trick or treat bag (love adding a bag so that there is a place to keep all the loot) and I wrapped it in the green.
Cuten it up!
Next it’s time to add the cute! Cut some triangles out of the black crepe paper to make hair. Make it long enough to wrap around the entire head.
Decide which side will be the top and add some strips of black paper just where the triangle trimmed piece won’t cover to give this little monster the best hair possible. Then wrap the hair strip around and glue.
Add some stitches by drawing a straight line with the Sharpie and adding some little hash marks through it. Use the same technique to make eyebrows. Draw a nose and smile (or scowl if you want him to be mad) and add the hash marks. Glue on the bolts by folding the ends under and use the tacky glue or hot glue. Using the same glue add the wiggle eyes.
Cut out the coordinating bookmark/gift tag to go with your cute little guy.
You’re ready to give your adorable Monster Surprise Ball gift! Make these for a fun Halloween party favor, birthday party, class party or just a fun Halloween gift to your favorite little monsters! I am planning on sending some to my nieces and nephews that live far away from us!
If you like this monster surprise ball, be sure to check out all the fun Surprise Balls I have made, and let me know if you’ve made one yet for a gift idea!