Gum Drop Pomander Ornament {Tutorial}


I guess I’m in love with candy this year…at least decorating with it. Candy is cheap and when grouped together it is quite beautiful. I’m all about getting a lot of bang for very little buck. Ha!

One day recently, the idea popped into my head to decorate with gumdrops.  I’ve made two different gum drop crafts {one of which I’ll show you soon…I promise}, but for now here is one that I’m just loving!  Introducing….Gum Drop Pomander Ornaments!!

Fabulous, eh?

Last year I hung candy canes from my chandelier and this year it’s gum drops. I wonder what next year will bring! 🙂

I know you’re just itching to make a few of these yourself, so let’s get to it!

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Styrofoam balls {super cheap at Walmart!}
  • Ribbon
  • Straight Pins
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Gum Drops
  • Scissors

Squeeze a dab of glue on a foam ball and then attach the ribbon with a pin through the hot glue.

Loop the ribbon around then glue and pin the ribbon in place.

Begin gluing gum drops in place – alternating colors until the entire ball is covered.

{getting pretty!}

Hang your awesomely fun gum drop pomander ornament…

…on a stand…

…from a chandelier…

…on your Christmas tree, if it has strong branches.

Or you can make the gum drop ornaments without ribbon and

…decorate candle sticks…

or add your gum drop balls to a Christmas vignette.

When Ridley saw these Gum Drop Pomander Ornaments he said, “ooooooo, mama!”

It would be lovely to make several of these and hang them as a collection. I used fishing line to hang mine from the chandelier.

So, what do you think?


      1. You could use toothpicks to put the gumdrops on & brake off the hard ends. That’s how we did it.. cute idea!!

  1. And keep them out of reach of children! Last year my SIL made these, and every time we were at their house, my son would snatch a gum drop when we weren’t watching…. 😉 (I don’t remember what she used to attach them but I doubt it was hot glue because I would think that would be harder to pull off. Then again, when a kid wants candy, watch out… !)

    1. Wow! Thankfully I don’t let Ridley climb on the dining table (at least not yet), so they are safe hanging from the chandelier. 🙂 The hot glue seems to be quite secure.

  2. My 2 year old is sitting on my lap as I’m reading this tutorial, and she also keeps saying “OOOO”. Can’t resist!

  3. Hi Myra! I LOVE the gumdrop ideas. I’m definately gonna do that this year in my house. I love your blog and so happy I came across it. Love all your ideas! Your bringing out the creativity in me that I thought I had lost. And thanks to you I went shopping for my house today in which I thought I had given up on. Thank you so much for re-inspiring me!

  4. These are adorable. I always like to decorate the kitchen with candy and cookie themed items at Christmas. this is perfect. I linked to you from Make a Food E Friend. Thanks for a great craft and great inspriration!

    1. @Bonnie,
      These are lovely ! Do you think it would be possible to fix the gums with a sugar-based glue, so that the ornaments could be eaten at the end of the party ? My children would not understand i’d be throwing away adorable food like that…:-)
      Thanks for the inspiration !!

  5. I’ve made gumdrop trees for the holidays before with my kids and we simply cut toothpicks in half and have the kids stick them in the gumdrop and then into the Styrofoam. That way they can pull off a gumdrop to eat if they want to. Of course, then the decoration is only good for one season. 🙂 But then you can always make it again. 🙂
    Heidi´s last blog post ..Wishing you all Happy Holidays!!

  6. instead of using glue, cut toothpics in half to attach the gum drops….now you have edible ornaments. very cute!! another great idea is using the red and green ones, using toothpicks and make a tree out of the gumdrops.

  7. These are SO CUTE! They remind me of Candy Cane Lane in California. I like the idea of the sugar based glue and the toothpicks so you can eat them, but do you think as an alternative there would be a way to preserve and save them? Just wondering. 🙂 Great job.

  8. I love these Gum Drop ornaments. They would be perfect for our decorating. My only concer is, How do you keep them from attracting ants or something?

    1. You’re welcome to try, but I can’t guarantee that the gum drops will hold. 🙂 Let me know how it works!!

  9. I love this ornament! My son had to make an ornament for school and I help him make this one and it’s beautiful! Thank you for this great idea 😉

  10. In the 50s my mother made a cone shaped gumdrop tree, so cool.
    This is the first time I have seen a pomander ball! Kudos to you.

  11. These are super cute but how long do they last? Can they be preserved for use year after year? 🙂

  12. I am soooo glad that I came across this when I did! I have been freaking out because when I took my Christmas decorations out I found that a lot of them did not “survive” the year being packed away. I don’t like to buy Christmas decorations before Christmas, they can be so pricey so I like to wait until after the holidays to buy more because they go on clearance (yeah, I know, I’m cheap, but with 4 kids sometimes I have to be lol)….. Anyway, thank you for all of your wonderful diy ideas for Christmas, you have no idea how much of a life saver you really are! 😀

  13. Very cute! And I know how much my boys love gumdrops! So I’m thinking instead of glue, I will break toothpicks in half and insert into the bottom of the gumdrop, THEN into the styrofoam ball. I’ll make one for Grammy too!

  14. Hello, You are so incredibly talented, but q-tip ornaments? It’s easy for me to critique. they’re perfect for applying glue or paint in tight spaces, removing dust & dirt in crevices, and countless other things! I recently thought of one way to incorporate them into my Christmas decor as well. They would be perfect for our decorating..

  15. I’m so glad I crossed it when I did it! I am unaware of this because when I took out the Christmas decorations I found out that many of them had not been “alive” in years. I love this jewelry! My son had to make jewelry for school and I help him with that and it’s beautiful! Thank you for this great idea. They remind me of Candy Cane Lane in California. I like the idea of ​​sugar-based glue and toothpicks so you can eat them, but do you think there would be any way to save and preserve them as an alternative? just wondering.

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