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DIY: Gumball Necklaces—Lovely and Yummy!

Beautiful chunky necklaces are very popular right now. Why not make one you can eat? They are super easy party favors, just detrimental to your middle! Make them fast, and you will be alright.

Here is what you will need:

1. Colorful gumballs
2. Ribbon
3. Metal skewers
4. Embellishments like flowers and ribbons (optional)

First take your metal skewer and puncture holes in your gumballs.

Next wrap the end of your ribbon with tape, and thread ribbon through the gumball.

Tie a knot and then thread another gumball. Continue until you’ve reached your desired length.

That’s it! You’re done. They are pretty as is, but I got these flowers from the Martha Stewart section of Michaels and attached them for extra embellishment. You can also tie a big ribbon bow on the side or add additional flowers.

The perfect edible party favors for your sweet little guests!

  • Heather – Chickabug

    I love this idea – and the color palette you chose! : )

  • Focal Point Decorating

    Great idea for little girls! and fun project.

  • Pam

    So cute! Gigi’s birthday party is this weekend and I’m going to try this out.

  • Paula

    So bright and cheerful–love it!

  • Rachel

    Way too cute! What a neat idea for little girls and easy too.

  • Ysczabel

    Hi Rebekah. I just love this, very easy to do yet very bright and fun!

  • Lora

    We made these recently and used an electric drill on slow speed, making the process a little faster. We sterilized the drill bit ahead of time. For the boys at your party use blues n greens and accent with plastic sharks or spiders or use shells if you have a beach theme.

  • IngridCalloway

    This is a win! Great looking necklaces that does not cost you a lot and would surely be a hit with the kids. I was wondering if you could make the same for boys, only that you don’t make it into necklaces but something else?

  • 12andcounting

    Very fun and colorful. Not to mention it’s very easy to do. I have a suggestion, instead of doing these beforehand, why not let your little guests do it during the party?

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  • Lana

    This necklace is so colorful. Great idea! I am giving a link to this post on my site

  • Tiffany

    Where do you find the gum ball beads? I have looked every where. Is there any web sites you can suggest?
    Thank you

  • Lora Jakobsen


    Hi Tiffany, unfortunately you have to make them. It is not too hard if you get fresh ones. Just use a cork screw or metal skewer. If you want to purchase some for a party as favors, I know someone who makes them. I have a website ( with other cool handmade party favors. Maybe it there is a lot of interest we can carry these as well :)

    Good Luck!

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  • kelly

    what size gumballs are these

  • Ricka

    Hi! How did you attach the flower?

  • Rebekah {A Blissful Nest}

    I purchased these from Amazon. You can also try Candy Wharehouse. They are both great sources for candy.

  • Rebekah {A Blissful Nest}

    These flowers are the Martha Stewart ones from Michaels. They had a clip on the back so I just slid them on.

  • Rebekah {A Blissful Nest}

    They are 3/4″

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  • Pins & Needles

    So cute!

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