Friday, December 3, 2010

Gum Drop Spheres


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What better material is there to craft with at Christmas than candy?  I still can't get my family to realize that candy is for decorating and NOT for eating!  I put together both of these spheres in about 30 minutes,  with minimal expense.   Have some fun with your children or grands and make a gumdrop sphere today.

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Each day until December 24 my children open a box correlated to the day in December. In the box there might be chocolate or gum or chapstick -- just something fun to count down the days until Christmas.  I bought this Advent house several years ago at Christmas.  Right now the gum drop spheres are flanking the Advent Home.  Later, they will be sure to appear in one of my tablescapes.



I started with a recycled styrofoam ; I just pulled off the candy from the candy corn spheres  I made at Halloween.  No, I DIDN'T eat the candy corn!


There is a little yellow from the candy corn on the spheres.  The gum drops covered up the yellow.

I then just glued on gum drops with my hot glue gun.  I tried to do a pattern, but it really doesn't matter if you make a pattern or not.   Just think of the different candy you could use!    It took a 16 ounce bag of gum drops, $1.75 at Wal-Mart, to make one sphere. 


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24 comments:

Sue said...

Love the Christmas gumdrop spheres! They're so pretty, Joni!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Great idea, Joni! Festive and...appetizing ;) I'd probably eat half the bag before getting them clued on the sphere!

LDH said...

Cute idea! My sphere would end up all green cause I like to eat those red ones ;)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Gum drops are my son's weakness! I could see him trying to nibble on the sphere (even at 26:@)

Christy said...

so cute...i am posting my candy creations this afternoon too! i have to admit that i still have my candy corn topiaries sitting out...i just thought they were adorable. i don't know if i have the strength to take them apart!

Jacqueline said...

These are so cute too. Good idea to recycle the balls. They look so cute beside your advent calendar. I love that one. I got one for Jess and should have gotten one for me. But then, where would I fit it not to mention store it!

Holly said...

Love these! I'm looking for some fun ideas to do with my kiddos-these will work great!! Thanks:)
I answered your question in the comments on my blog:)

Debbie said...

Love the Christmas gumdrop spheres, and since I am fairly new to your blog, I also love the Halloween spheres that I am just now seeing!

Joycee said...

so pretty and just the right feeling of an "Old Fashioned Christmas!"

Beth @ Wiccan Make Some Too said...

Love those along side your Advent House. Yummy trees. I would love for you to stop by Wiccan Make Some Too's Wickedly Crafty Saturdays & share this!
http://wiccanmakesometoo.blogspot.com/2010/12/wickedly-crafty-saturdays-3.html

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I thought they would be on the spheres with toothpicks...glue would be so much faster!


I miss having an advent calendar with my kids:(

Lisa said...

What a beautiful and easy idea for the holidays. I can just imagine how much kids would love this decoration. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog (open to everyone) for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/12/orglamix-organic-mineral-makeup-review.html

Sarah said...

Cute idea, but I'd want to eat one each time I passed by. ;-)
~ Sarah

Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com said...

I love this idea! Thanks!

Nancy said...

Super cute!

Tiffanee said...

Very cute and clever idea!! Looks so great around your advent house, which by the way is super!! I really need one of those!!

Rettabug said...

Joni, these are just darling! My sister did a wreath one year out of wrapped candy & had a pair of scissors hanging from it as part of the decoration.

I wish I'd seen your post on the Blessings Mix earlier...great teaching aid & it really looks yummy. Now I'm hungry for some of that Chex mix we always made a Christmas. Must put that on my ever growing grocery list.

Thanks for stopping by the Gazebo. Strange about the microwaved water & hot cocoa...must have something to do with the amt. of oxygen displaced, as that can make things taste flat.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

What a great idea. This is so cute!

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

This looks adorable! The spice drops are one of my all-time favorite candies.

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Awesome Joni. Great reuse project and they are so pretty and festive for any holiday.

I'm bookmarking for next year!

Velva said...

This is such a great idea! perfect for the holiday season. Awesome!!!

To Sew With Love said...

YUM!!!

Erin said...

So cute and so festive looking! I love them! (My kids would eat the gumdrops anyways when I wasn't looking!

Val said...

Brilliant idea for gumdrops!!!

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