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DIY Saran Wrap Ball Game

Need a FUN-for-all-ages game?

You’ve gotta check out this popular Saran wrap ball game that’s sure to take over every holiday party this Christmas and New Year’s Eve! Participants essentially unwrap fun prizes layered inside a giant ball of plastic wrap. It creates so much laughter and silly fun, and the best part is anyone can join in at any age!

It’ll become a fun tradition that’s sure to liven up the PAR-TAY!

Saran wrap game holiday party game – kids wrapping gifts in Saran Wrap

Easy to customize for each crowd

For instance, if it’s a kids party, you can include small toys and trinkets geared towards them. If it’s a more mature crowd, you can throw in some money, lotto cards, and funny gag gifts. And if the entire family is participating, just create a ball with fun items ALL will enjoy! I promise there’s nothing funnier than aunt Karen getting rowdy over a $5 bill. 🤣

Hip Tip: Be sure to check out stores like the Dollar Tree, or re-purpose leftover Halloween candy if you have any. You may even already have small gifts, nail polish, travel-sized beauty items, etc. in your gift closet at home!

Plastic Wrap Ball Game


Supplies Needed

  • plastic wrap
  • set of dice
  • candy/gum
  • party favors
  • lotto tickets
  • key chains
  • small gift cards
  • squishy toys
  • money
  • small containers of playdough or slime
  • mittens
  • hand warmers
  • cozy socks
  • holiday noise makers
  • travel size beauty products
  • bath bombs
  • hair accessories
  • and other fun fillers



Start by placing your prizes on a roll of plastic wrap and just keep rolling and layering.


You can even make sure the most expensive gift is in the middle by wrapping that first, and then wrapping everything else around it.


Instead of wrapping in a continuous roll, create some separate sheets, so it’s a little more challenging!

Saran wrap game holiday party game – a partially wrapped ball and items inside

Hip Tip: You can re-purpose newspaper, plastic grocery sacks, and painters tape instead as a more eco-friendly option if you don’t want to use plastic wrap.

Saran wrap game holiday party game – ideas of what to include inside

Saran wrap game holiday party game – The ball and a pair of dice for the game

How to play the Saran Wrap ball game

Grab a set of dice, your wrapped ball, and friends/family who want to join in! 

  • Have everyone sit in a circle, and decide which direction the ball will go, and also who will start.
  • One person starts unwrapping the ball, while the next person sitting next to them rolls the dice. Once he/she rolls doubles, they’ll get their turn to unwrap the ball, and the dice will then go to the next person.
  • The whole point is to roll doubles quickly to get your turn, and players get to keep the goodies they unwrap.
  • The person who ends up with the ball at the end gets to keep the big prize at the center of the ball.

Saran wrap game holiday party game – Playing the game

Try these FUN variations!

  • Have participants wear mittens or oven mitts.
  • Wrap ball using Press-n-Seal instead of plastic wrap. It’s harder to unwrap! 
  • For little kids, use a timer instead of dice to make sure everyone gets a turn.
  • Play Christmas music and start/stop the music instead of dice.
  • Wrap the items first in paper to make gifts more of a surprise.
  • Try placing a blindfold around the person unwrapping.

Saran wrap game holiday party game – partially wrapped ball on a table near the Christmas tree

Read these CREATIVE Ideas from other Hip2Save Readers:

“We played this last year at Christmas and put our ultrasound picture in the middle. We told the family there was an extra special prize in the middle! It’s how we told the family we were expecting our first child!” – Kathryn

“I also use a mix of plastic wrap, foil, wrapping paper, and a diaper for the center. I have found that if you do one continuous piece, some people know to grab an end and yank real hard and they get a lot of prizes. By using different mediums and layers, the ball lasts a bit longer so everybody gets several turns!” – Kay 

“We do this at my work Christmas party every year. It’s the highlight of the night. Because there are 50+ people, we are split into 2 teams. My boss wraps a piece of paper in various items, paper, duct tape, electrical tape, painters tape, fishing line, etc., and we have a race between the two teams to see who finishes first. The winning team gets bragging rights, and whoever unwraps the piece of paper saying you win gets a special prize!” – Sarah

Join The Discussion

Comments 108

  1. Kelley

    Use cheap steam wrap. We do this every year and it’s a riot! Everyone loves it. (If you use nice wrap, it’s pretty tough for little people!)

  2. Heather C.

    We played this game last year and the kids LOVED it! I wish I’d have thought of the timer idea for the little ones tho… Great idea! That or, we should have had the older kids wear gloves to make it harder for them! 😉♥️

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes so fun!

    • Ktenny

      Santa is doing this!!! We have small stockings so this will sit nicely under the tree and that way they can’t fly through the presents!! Love it!!

      • Dana

        Thanks for the idea of Santa leaving it. Gave me the idea of having our Elf leave it when he leaves for the season.

  3. Amanda

    This looks like such a fun idea!! I’m going to make one for my family and another for my in-laws and nephews for our holiday get together! Love that you can make it cost as little or as much as you want. Thanks Hip2Save 😃

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh fun! Love that idea!

  4. Shelley P

    This sounds so fun!! ❤️❤️👏 Thanks! I am going to share this with my family 😃

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay! Have fun Shelly!

    • Cat62

      She was being tongue and cheek. You didn’t need to chastise her.

  5. Laura

    We did this for a teenager cheerleading Xmas party and it was a hit!!! Filled it with all the cheap and free candy and makeup deals I got from Hip2Save ❤️ we did the dice, you unwrap until someone rolls doubles and pass it on. so fun to watch.

  6. Chris

    We played this at my company Christmas party once and it was awesome! It was all adults so to make it more difficult (and hilarious) each person had to wear a pair of fuzzy socks on their hands so it was THAT much harder to get the saran wrap off. I got some good laughs! I work in an animal hospital so seeing an entire room full of people in scrubs with socks on their hands while frantically trying to peel away the saran wrap was amazing.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Haha so funny!

  7. Lisa

    We did this last year and decided it needed to be a tradition. We made it harder by having the teenagers and adults do it with pot holders on. We also did 3 balls. 1 for the small kids, 1 for the teenagers, and 1 for us adults. It was so much fun!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s a great idea! Thanks Lisa!

  8. Kristina

    Oh sweet, I know what to do with the Costco industrial plastic wrap I bought a few years back. It is the never ending roll of plastic wrap that is still like 75% full after all these years. I bet it makes a ball the size of a person😂

    • Brenda W

      We also have this Costco roll of Saran Wrap, the one time I send the hubby to Costco. 🙄. Great idea to use some of it up!!

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Lol I bet! Ha

  9. embee

    Would it be possible for people to post other ideas of games they play at their holiday parties? it would be great to get some other ideas:) thanks!

    • Colleen D.

      Yes I agree we need lots of ideas!

    • Kenna

      Put in a papet bag: scissors, tape, toilet paper, constuction paper, etc. Pick a team and have them pick a leader. The leader becomes the tree and the team decorates with what is in the bag. We did this for years with different groups and every tree was different even though they all had the same tools to use. Another funny one that you can do for any holiday is give everyone a piece of construction paper the same size and whatever color for the holiday you are doing. Have them put the paper behind their back and they have to make a tree, pumpkin, etc. depending on the holiday. Best looking wins. It is amazing when we think ours will look like a tree but not!

    • Amyyyyy

      Yes! I would love to hear other ideas, games and traditions people do around the holidays!

  10. bap673

    This is a great elf idea. I am going to wrap some stuff up and our elves can leave a note for them on how to play. We have 4 kids and they will get a kick out of the new game thier elves taught them. Thank you!

  11. Holly

    We played this last year for the first time at an extended family party. It was so much fun and talked about all year long at other gatherings! I made one for the younger kids and one for older kids and adults. The kids had a great time and enjoyed the game, however the adults really got into it. It was so hilarious to watch how serious some people got. I had put a few small pocket knives in the adult ball (and yep you guessed it, they were used to open the ball). So we have to add a new rule this year that objects in the ball can not be used! 🙂 I definitely agree that you want all unbreakable items in case your group gets rowdy like mine does. Lina, thanks for the suggestion of mittens and timers. That sounds like a great way to change things up this year.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure-enjoy Holly!

  12. rosi

    I’m such a party pooper! Lol. All I’m thinking is … that’s a lot of plastic being wasted ..

    • christinehall

      I’m thinking the same, rosi. It makes me sad to think of all of this wastefulness at the holidays (and frankly, all year long). This plastic has to go somewhere.

    • J


      • Lisa

        Agreed… couldn’t the same thing kind of be done with tin foil? I mean, you wouldn’t be able to see things.. (keep it mysterious), but at least that could be recycled. Right?

        • J

          Foil sounds like it could work!

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)


    • Maria

      Ugh I agree. I understand that practicing a low waste lifestyle isn’t for everyone but come on! We should all be more mindful of the materials we use on this planet. Single use plastics are terrible for humans, wildlife and the earth. Really disappointing to see so many people playing this game.

      • Renee

        This makes me sad that so many people are purposely wasting plastic, which will take up to 1000 years to decompose

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          In the post we mention using alternative materials like newspaper ect.

        • justinepaige

          You don’t have to use plastic wrap – says so in the post. I’m not using plastic wrap for this game. Instead, I’ll use newspaper, then recycle it afterwards. Heck, you could wrap items in cloth napkins, handkerchiefs, scarves, etc. Might end up with a very big ball, though.

    • Amie

      You are a party pooper! Not a place to express your personal views about the environment. Let people do what they want even if you don’t agree. It will be ok.

    • Diane

      There are ways to reuse plastic wrap. (Like filling the bottom of a huge planter.)

  13. Erika

    We did this at my son’s 10th birthday party this year. It was a blast! The kids thought it was hilarious and had such fun with it. I used cheap, dollar tree plastic wrap and included candy, small toys, slime, and other little items in the ball. We played music on my phone and when the music stopped the child passed the ball. Whatever they managed to open while they had the ball, was there’s to keep. So much fun!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s so fun!

  14. Carolyn

    I played a similar game at work. The gifts were wrapped with layers of wrapping paper and lots of tape. We were we in teams of 5 had to unwrap the gifts wearing hand mitts. It was fun. We play dirty Santa Christmas Eve I like to play this game too using wrapping paper and hand mitts. Thanks for the idea.

  15. Kelsey

    Our poor planet. Please do not play this game. Plastic wrap isn’t biodegradable and will sit in landfills forever. Take care of our home and avoid so much waste! There are other fun games out there!

    • Sarah C

      I agree. Our poor planet. We keep abusing it.

      • justinepaige

        You don’t have to use plastic wrap; there are environmentally-friendly options for this game – more info in the original post. The basic idea of the game is brilliant and can be customized in so many ways.

    • sarah

      I am so sick and tired of other people trying to impose their way of live/values onto other people. Let people have some fun. You do not know what they are doing the rest of the year. They could be even more into recycling/composting than you are.

      • Amy HARRIS

        You’re probably not as sick and tired as the planet. Concern over destroying our environment isn’t really a “lets agree to disagree” issue. People here are respectfully expressing their concern, probably with the hope that others will consider the impact before they make their decision about the game.

  16. Ellen

    Or burn the used plastic wrap in your burning barrel or fire pit when you are done and its all gone…

    • Mary

      I hope you aren’t serious. Burning plastics produces toxic gas that is very dangerous for you and anyone nearby!

      • justinepaige

        Yeah, definitely don’t inhale burnt plastic . . .

    • Amyyyyy


  17. Julie

    I oversee 30 student employees so I bought several Starbucks gift cards and used some leftover Halloween candy to do this game with them this year. They loved it and it’s a great way to spread the love without having a budget for 30 different people.

  18. Cheryl

    We have done this with all the adult grandchildren for the past four years. They absolutely LOVE it! I have picked up a ton of FREE items for this years game all thanks to! You all are the BEST

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay! That’s so perfect!

  19. hellfiregainz

    This game makes little kids cry. It’s too overwhelming for them when they cant figure it out and the ball gets passed. My experience anyways. Great for older kids.

  20. Susan

    Just finished wrapping up my ball last night to play with extended family on Christmas Eve! We played this for the first time last Christmas, and it made me so happy that I could finally find something that everyone enjoyed and wanted to participate in; from the young people to the 90 year old!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay that’s so great!

  21. cynthsherm

    This is SO MUCH FUN for all ages

  22. nena

    My family loves this game… but I make them wear gloves wha ha ha ha

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! I love it!

  23. Cat

    We used this game to distract the little ones from “Santa” sneaking in to deliver toys – they were SO distracted that it allowed us to time THAT surprise perfectly (and I agree with other posters, its amazing how much adults loved playing and competing with each other!) My Dad was the un-wrapper with the most prizes because he learned to yank it hard; I love the idea to switch up the types of wrap and/or cutting the wrap so there are more stops and starts. His trick won’t work this year! 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ha so funny!

  24. Kim

    My mother-in-law had my kids do this game this weekend! I was concerned there would be tears at the end because they didn’t each get the same amount of stuff, but, surprisingly, it all balanced out pretty well and they traded for some things they really wanted when it was all done!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s fun to hear about the trading!

  25. 5pink1blue

    Maybe you could use thick tp or a roll of streamers (the colored stuff people hang at birthday parties)? That way you can put in your burn barrel and it is gone.

  26. Lau

    Bring on the good ole YANKEE SWAP! lol. I still get excited playing that 😁

  27. acgold

    I did something similar to make a LOL Surprise Ball for my g-d daughter’s little girl. I bought all kinds of hair things, makeup, toys, arts & crafts stuff and wrapped in plastic wrap, aluminum foil, tissue paper a little candy and a few coins. Many, many layers. I bought two big plastic bowls from Dollar Tree and put the ball in. Used washi tape to seal around the middle and stick on glitter letters with her name. It came out great and much better value then the original!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s super smart! Great idea 💡

  28. V

    We did a variation of this game at our work Christmas party and it was so fun. Instead of Saran Wrap my boss used different size wrapped boxes … smallest being gift card size and largest was the size of a toaster box. Whoever rolled a double had to put on a Santa’s hat on their head and mittens on their hands before trying to unwrap the gifts. Who ever opened up the last box won the prize.

  29. SJ

    We just played this at my company’s Christmas party last Saturday night. It was a blast and some people got very competitive!

  30. Susan

    Someone asked for other game ideas. Our family has a blast playing LCR (left, Center, right) a $6 or less game, that any age from 4-100 could play. It involves the rolling of 3 identical dice, marked with a “L” for left, “R” for right, “C” for center, and a round dot on several sides of the dice means you keep your playing pieces. Everyone sits in a circle around the table, the more players the greater the fun and the noise! Each player starts the game with 3 of something, we use new crispy $1 bills, or you could use quarters, candy or whatever you want the prize to be. Basically one person starts by rolling the 3 dice, and distributes his dollars according to what he rolls. For every R you roll you pass a dollar to the person on your right, for every L you roll you pass a dollar to the person on your left, for every C you roll you put a dollar in the pot in the middle of the table, and for every dot you roll the you keep the dollar/dollars you have. Once the dollars are in the center they never come back out. A person can be entirely out of dollars at several times throughout the game, and end up winning. In my opinion you need at least 8 players, but the more the merrier, there is no limit on how many. My son just did this for his employees at their Christmas party and he provided 3- $5 bills for each player. They were all men and he said they had a blast. The winner got $180! Strictly a game of luck and fun. In our family games, Luckily the children have almost always won. They are ecstatic!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes we love LCR too! Such a great game!

    • Laurie

      Sounds like a fun game. I’m looking for another gam for our family part of approximately 50 people. Is this a game you can buy?? How is the center pot won?
      Thanks sounds like a hoot!

    • Amyyyyy

      I saw LCR at Dollar Tree the other day and thought about grabbing one but passed. Now I will have to stop back in for them quick tomorrow, lol.

    • Susan

      Thanks for suggesting the game LCR! I am adding that to our list this year. Couldn’t find it at $ Tree as one person mentioned, but purchased it at Walmart. I’m going to use $1 bills instead of the chips.

  31. amy

    🙁 poor mother earth with all that plastic waste. 🙁

  32. Momma L

    I played this in England as a child. It was called Pass the Parcel.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh interesting! Thanks for sharing!

    • Amyyyyy

      They play it on Peppa Pig, lol!

    • Jessica

      Yes!! I learned this on a Peppa Pig episode!

  33. Amy

    So I’m almost 50 years old and grew up in Australia. We’ve played a variation of this game for as long as my family can remember. We call it ‘Pass the Parcel’. We just wrap one small gift in the center, and then layer after layer of newspaper/paper. everyone sits in a circle and someone is in charge of starting and stopping music while the parcel is passed from person to person. This was always played at kids birthday parties!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      So fun! Thanks for sharing that Amy!

  34. Brooke

    Last year my family play game call hot coal instead hot potato by using black ball if you out you get coal candy the winner get prize . The kids love this game

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That is so cute!

  35. Jamie

    Wow. This is the most wasteful, irresponsible thing I have ever seen. What a ridiculous idea!

  36. Jess

    It would be in great service to all, to use paper (newspaper/ wrapping paper) that you can easily recycle when you’re done. Easy peasy solution so you can enjoy the game and not hurt the environment.

  37. Tammy

    This wd be a great way to repurpose all the packing paper, bubbles, plastic etc. Inside all the packages that keep arriving on my porch lol

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s a brilliant idea – thanks for sharing Tammy!

  38. Judy

    Fyi, I have read that wrapping paper cannot be recycled because it has heavy metals in it.

    • justinepaige

      True, it cannot. Don’t burn it, don’t recycle it, it goes in the trash (unfortunately). Plain brown packing paper can be recycled (remove the tape) but wrapping paper with all the fancy paints /metals cannot. Maybe re purpose it for a craft project . . .

  39. Sara

    I work for a warehouse doing shipping and to relieve some of the stress that we have around this time of the year; we play with the spare pieces we have. We usually start little and at the end of the day we have a huge ball. What a neat idea!!! I will add some candy to it to make it more interesting and fun. Thanks!!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s fun!

  40. Sara

    I work for a warehouse doing shipping and to relieve some of the stress that we have around this time of the year; we play with the spare pieces we have. We usually star little and at the end of the day we have a huge ball. What a neat idea!!! I will add some candy to it to make it more interesting and fun. Thanks!!!!

  41. Jackie

    started my ball last night for 3rd year….started playing to replace stocking stuffers with adult children! Hint: purchase a roll of wrap from Gordons or Costco that is in the big box with a nice cutter. The box will sit on the table making it much easier to wrap.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for the tip!

  42. Ann

    I don’t like it

    • sarah

      Nobody is making you play this game.

  43. Elizabeth

    Cut the plastic wrap instead of having 1 continuous stand.. will be more enjoyable, harder and the game will last longer. Also this for little kids and dice.. put dice in small Tupperware container with to on and shake… Last year I had a little girl who kept throwing the dice off the table on accident

  44. Jean

    I agree with the other posters about the plastic waste that is created from this game. I just watched a segment about plastic waste last night on television, its disheartening to watch sea animals like turtles and birds die from what we humans waste. While I typically take the “do your own thing approach” the effects of plastics on OUR planet are devastating. Please reconsider this activity.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      As noted in this post you can repurpose newspaper or alternative material – thanks.

  45. dmercer

    Anything that can bring laughter in a home with a creative,budget friendly way …go for it! Lots of things are “harmful” so there is no way to skirt around everything. Fruitcake and Christmas cookies are harmful to the diabetic. Those stockings with chew treats for your pet can splinter.. And aRed Ryder BBgun will shoot your eye out! So, to those that may lose sleep thinking of everyone who is playing this game…..I am certain people in this group will use the unrolled plastic wrap to cover all the Christmas dinner 😁 leftovers!

    • dmercer

      Or… wrap ourselves in it to get rid of Christmas leftovers!!

  46. justinepaige

    At first I thought this was just for kids – but upon reading the comments, I am realizing that you can customize it to any age group / occasion. I will try it with my senior relatives and see how it goes – it could get pretty funny! Thanks for posting!!!!

  47. Stephanie Bowling

    Holy cow!! The nerve of the people on here!🙄
    Hip2Save posts a fun family friendly game and some of you have to make negative comments. Why not just pass it up if you don’t agree. Your negative comments will not do any good or change anyone’s mind. I have my opinion about it and what you say won’t change my mind. Just keep your freakin comments to yourself!!!😐

  48. AmberLJ

    If you don’t want people to get too rowdy or unroll the ball, make the players keep the ball in a pie plate so they can’t just unravel the piece of plastic wrap. So fun!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Love that idea – thanks Amber!

  49. Laurie

    We played this game at our New Year’s Eve party and it was a huge hit! Thanks H2S!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay! You’re so welcome ❤️

  50. Tanya Morgan

    I am going to try the Jenga game & saran wrap game for Thanksgiving. I hope its a hit.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      oh that’s fun!! enjoy 🙂

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