DIY: Lotto Balls & Recycled Gift Wrap

Happy holidays! These are my famous “Lotto Balls” that I make every year for an ornament gift exchange. Basically, it is a decorated ornament ball with a scratch-off lotto ticket inside. Normally I make these with clear balls, but these red and green ones were plucked from our tree instead of buying new ones this year.


You can decorate your balls (hehe) however you would like. Since I make Lotto Balls every year, I always paint the year on one side. I think these balls would make cute party favors if you are throwing a holiday party, too!



I used plain ball ornaments, ribbon, glitter, lotto tickets, paint markers, scotch tape, Mod Podge, and a very fine paint brush. (Click on photo to enlarge)

Using the paint marker, draw your design on the ornament. I went ahead and painted the letters over with Mod Podge using the paint brush. Top it off with a few sprinkles of glitter (glitter makes everything better) onto the Podge, and let it dry.

Here’s the tricky part. Roll up the lotto ticket into a very tight scroll, and tape it so it won’t unravel. Pull off the top of the ornament, and place the lotto ticket inside. You may want to tape a piece of thin ribbon to the ticket and leave it sticking out of the top when you place the wire cap back on (or just tape the ticket to the opening) so that it will be easy for the recipient to take out.

Don’t forget to add the ribbon hanger. I assure you, these will be a hit at your ornament exchange!

Now… on to the wrapping paper. When I was little, my father used to wrap our presents using newspaper- specifically, the Sunday comics section. I love the idea of skipping traditional holiday gift wrap. Save that money! Instead, you can use the yellow pages, old maps, sheet music, brown paper bags, shopping bags, posters, etc. It looks a little less cheesy than wrapping paper with Santa and teddy bears all over it. No shame in reusing gift wrap over and over again either!

Here are those Lotto Balls wrapped up in a Hollister and American Eagle shopping bag:
BTW, the boxes I used were actually from Starbucks. They are old individual cupcake/muffin boxes that I saved, and they actually still smell like cupcakes!

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