We all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but how about gumballs this year? A new take on the candy necklace, this easy gumball craft is sure to get you some hugs and kisses. You can give these to the sweet girls in your life or hand them out at a Valentine’s Party.

1. Using a metal skewer, pierce one side of the gumball. Hold the top of the gumball steady as you guide the skewer (see photo). This will prevent the skewer from slipping off the slick surface of the gumball.

2. Flip the gumball over and pierce another hole directly opposite to the first hole. If you try to poke a hole straight through both sides at once, the gumball will crack.

3. The hardest part is stringing the ribbon. Use a large needle to thread the ribbon through the gumballs. Thinner ribbon is easier to string. Tie a knot between each gumball as you string it.

Tip: Look for bags of single colored gumballs at your local party supply store.

Photos by Sara Westbrook.


  1. Simple and lovely!

    Daniela    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  2. That is super clever!

    Dawn Nikol    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  3. SHUT UP!!!! This is soooo beyond fabulous! Must make!

    Genevieve Le Bel    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  4. Really cute! I hope I don’t pierce my fingers instead of the gumballs!! :)

    Karen ~ lillybelle Custom Designs    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  5. love love love this!

    staci    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  6. I love y’all!!! Seriously. So clever. Thanks for sharing! My daughter is going to LOVE, L-O-V-E this!!! You just made me her hero. ;)

    Kate @ andeverythingsweet    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  7. LOVE IT!!!

    Alessandra    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  8. I agree with Genevieve! YOU GUYS ARE UNBELEIVEABLE creative! Thanks so much for the most amazing work!

    JULIE Gallagher    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  9. This makes me absolutely giddy! Sharing on my FB fan page. SO FANTASTIC. I am lacking the appropriate words.

    Eleanor    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  10. What a wonderful, sweet idea! love it :)

    Sarah-Lyn    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  11. So cute!!! My kids would love this. It’ll be fun to think of a way to “man it up” for my 8-year-old son. Thank you for sharing such a great idea.

    Shannon    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  12. What a fabulous idea! I am totally gonna share this on my blog and do them with my daughters too. Thanks for such an original idea.

    Corey Turner - Princess Prettys and Parties    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  13. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!!

    Amy @ Amy Miller Designs    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  14. These are surprisingly chic for being a children’s project – I want one for myself!! : )

    Heather Dalton    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  15. So nice!!! :-) what a good idea!

    etta    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  16. Beautiful. Wonderful idea for my daughters birthday coming up. TFS.

    Jess B.

    Jess Baker    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  17. okay ladies… this is the cutest thing i’ve EVER seen. i love the photo with the light pink gumballs and one blue one. i’m off today to get gumballs. TOO FREAKIN CUTE!! as always, thanks for sharing :)

    sarah b    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  18. LOVE this idea. Sara you are a genius!

    Julie    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  19. So cute. Also love the simple valentine card. Did you make that also?

    Karen Peterson    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  20. I am going to make some of these for my neice she will love them! Thanks for sharing:)

    Chacoy    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  21. This almost looks to cute to eat!!

    Heather    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  22. What a great idea! My daughter will love this, thanks!!

    Kristin    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  23. Thanks for sharing! My girls’ birthdays are coming up and they’d love this idea for them & their gal pals!

    Jolyn @ DIY Party Designs    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  24. your projects just get more and more adorable!

    Gloria    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  25. This is the cutest idea I’ve ever seen!!!

    Missy    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  26. Karen Peterson–We did make that valentine card. There is a download a few posts down. Check it out and you can print some out yourself.

    Brittany    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  27. Are you kidding me? This is flippin’ ADORABLE!

    Angela    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  28. How do you keep the gumball color from bleeding onto clothing? Ideas?

    Robyn    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  29. I am speachless. These are too dang cute.

    Becky    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  30. absolutetly adorable!!!

    Amy    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  31. This is too sweet! Cant wait to try! Thanks so much for sharing

    Cassandra    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  32. Those necklaces are absolutely adorable. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I have try this out with my daughter.

    Jennifer Ballot    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  33. This is incredible! LOVE.

    Emma    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  34. Robyn- the gumballs won’t bleed if they don’t get wet. We have tested these out on ourselves and a few girls. Let us know if you try these!

    Brittany    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  35. Oh Brittany, to sit at your feet and learn from the master. I don’t know when/where I’m going to do these (I only have boys) but I will. Oh yes, I will!

    Not Just A Mommy!    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  36. ADORABLE. A must have for every little girl. Will definitely try these with my girls.

    Sarah    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  37. this is truly awesome with a CAPITAL A! I’m making these for a sweet shoppe party-they’re gonna love it! thanks a million! you’re blog is ranked one of the highest in my book! :)

    keecam    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  38. ADORABLE! Thanks for the great idea!

    Sue    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  39. I have to make these!!! Great idea and thank you for sharing!!! :)

    Monica    Thursday, January 20, 2011
  40. This is such a brilliant idea,i love it, my daughters are gonna fall in love too. I wish they could make the
    that at school so i could wear it myself not like pastas necklaces! Thanks for sharing!
    Eloise, from France!

    la dinette    Thursday, January 20, 2011
  41. These are adorable! Heading now to get gumballs. The little girls in my daughter’s class will love these! Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas.

    Cupcakes and Lemonade    Thursday, January 20, 2011
  42. Gorgeous! How do you tie such perfect knots surrounding each gumball and then proceed to thread through the next?? I plan to try this project this weekend … :)

    Mary    Thursday, January 20, 2011
  43. Fabulously adorable ladies!

    Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe    Thursday, January 20, 2011
  44. As always, clever AND cute. I posted it here: http://www.examiner.com/arts-crafts-in-national/valentine-s-day-craft-gum-ball-necklaces

    Hope all is well!

    Rebecca    Thursday, January 20, 2011
  45. Cutesy Vday idea I’ve seen! Your site rocks!!!!!!

    Kim Maddock    Thursday, January 20, 2011
  46. Wow! This is the cutest idea! I love it! So creative.

    Stacey - Total City Girl    Thursday, January 20, 2011
  47. I love these! My daughter has her 5th birthday party on Saturday. I have to try this!

    Lorri    Thursday, January 20, 2011
  48. This is seriously the sweetest thing I have ever seen.

    Damaris @Kitchen Corners    Thursday, January 20, 2011
  49. Love this! Did you use regular size gumballs or are these the larger ones? Also where do you find such gorgeous ribbon? Thanks again!!!

    mindy    Friday, January 21, 2011
  50. mindy- The gumballs are the larger regular size. Does that make sense? Not the small ones. Make sure and follow the instructions when making the holes. Sara jabbed her finger a few times until she got the technique down.

    Brittany    Friday, January 21, 2011
  51. Ahhh! SOOO CUTE! My daughter would eat it before it could get around her neck though. ha!

    Amy @ Living Locurto    Friday, January 21, 2011
  52. So amazingly adorable! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

    Sweet Craft Cakes    Friday, January 21, 2011
  53. I love it! Would it be so tragic if we make them for friends and those same friends make them for us? Bring on the gumballs.

    Heidi    Friday, January 21, 2011
  54. This is simply adorable! Such a cute idea.

    Dawn Busch    Sunday, January 23, 2011
  55. This is SUCH a darling idea! I love it!

    Kelly Lyden @ The Party Dress    Monday, January 24, 2011
  56. These are absolutely adorably ‘hip’! We linked your post here: http://hiptoclipcoupons.blogspot.com/2011/01/month-of-valentines-valentine-gumball.html

    Brooke    Tuesday, January 25, 2011
  57. Hi there, I’m new to your blog (LOVE it!) and can’t find the Valentine Card download. I can’t find the post you are referring to anyway. Thank you!!

    Christy G.    Tuesday, January 25, 2011
  58. These are so darn cute!! Thank you for sharing this my daughter will love these!!

    Kelli @ loveoursimplelife.blogspot.com

    love our Simple Life    Tuesday, January 25, 2011
  59. I love this idea!! Would be a fun favor for a little girls party too! thecoolkidsblog.com

    betsy    Thursday, January 27, 2011
  60. Did anyone make these yet? Words of wisdom? Im off to get gumballs today…. hoping they are as easy to make as they look?!?!?!!

    Nicole    Thursday, January 27, 2011
  61. this is so freaking cute, i’m gonna die. i LOVE it!

    katie    Thursday, January 27, 2011
  62. I just LOVE these! I’m thinking of making them as favors for my daughter Bday party, so cute!

    Kristy H    Thursday, January 27, 2011
  63. These are so cute. Takes me back to when I was 10. I linked your post here:http://asnailslife.wordpress.com/

    Laura    Friday, January 28, 2011
  64. Cute – How does the colour not wear off onto wet little fingers, though?

    Sam    Friday, January 28, 2011
  65. Are you kidding me?! This is the cutest thing i have ever seen!

    Brandy    Friday, January 28, 2011
  66. How cute is this! What a wonderful idea!

    Heather    Friday, January 28, 2011
  67. I noticed one comment that said “man it up” for her son…How about using a jute type string (or something to that affect but maybe without all the “little bits” that come off jute) and blue and green gumballs for the boys in our lives? That type of string would be “tough and manly” for them.

    Audrey    Friday, January 28, 2011
  68. I love this idea! I can’t wait to get everything I need to make these and get them in the mail to our grandkids! Ya think an 8 year old boy would like a red one? I gotta find something for boys if not.

    Julie @ Another Chance Ranch    Friday, January 28, 2011
  69. I love this!

    Joy Johnson    Friday, January 28, 2011
  70. These are the coolest necklaces EVER!!!!

    Erin @ Making Memories    Friday, January 28, 2011
  71. Does anyone know where to find the Gumballs? Went to Zurchers tonight and they did not have the beautiful pastel colors… :(.. Help please.. must make these adorable necklaces ..lol

    Lauren    Friday, January 28, 2011
  72. Just made one for my 4 year old. Took about an hour for 1. The directions are excellent. 7 Pink gumballs with brown and pink striped ribbon. Too Cute. I got my gumballs at Party City.They have Pink, Silver, Pearl, Fuchsia, Brown. Thanks.

    TesB    Friday, January 28, 2011
  73. I found beautiful colors at Party City today. I haven’t made them yet, but I’m so excited. They are beautiful!

    Steph    Friday, January 28, 2011
  74. Thank you! What clever, creative, educational and fun ideas! From very easy to more involved.

    Mary    Saturday, January 29, 2011
  75. Thanks so much for the Party City Tip.. :)

    Lauren    Saturday, January 29, 2011
  76. I LOVE this!! This will be so much fun to make.
    Thank you!

    Esther    Saturday, January 29, 2011
  77. Adorable! And much cuter than those candy necklaces. I think everyone is getting these for valentine’s day!

    Mrs. Q.    Saturday, January 29, 2011
  78. Very cute, thanks!

    Kris    Saturday, January 29, 2011
  79. So I decided to make these but substitute real solid beads found on etsy (they were actually cheaper than the gumballs!) Love the idea! My 10 yr old will be giving them to the girls in his class.

    Lisa    Saturday, January 29, 2011
  80. I’m in the process of making these for my sister’s six daughters, as well as for my chic best friend! Having trouble threading the ribbon, though. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

    Christi    Sunday, January 30, 2011
  81. Christi–Threading the ribbon is the hardest part. Either use a thinner ribbon or just pull really, really hard. Hope this helps.

    Brittany    Sunday, January 30, 2011
  82. I love it! Thanks so much for sharing

    Emily Dugan    Monday, January 31, 2011
  83. Would you be able to share where you purchased the gum balls?

    Erin    Monday, January 31, 2011
  84. Erin–the gumballs are from Party City.

    Brittany    Monday, January 31, 2011
  85. W☼W! totally making these ♥

    catie    Tuesday, February 1, 2011
  86. i actually used a drill for mine & it worked great. i had only seen a pic online & didn’t see the tutorial until after. give it a try if you are scared of the skewer:)

    britnee    Tuesday, February 1, 2011
  87. oh, i also just wrapped the end of my ribbon with tape instead of a needle, it worked great. just FYI.

    britnee    Tuesday, February 1, 2011
  88. These are so cute! I am definitely copying this to my files.

    Valerie    Tuesday, February 1, 2011
  89. This is quite possibly one of the cutest DIY projects I have ever seen! I had to include it on my blog as one of the best DIY Valentine’s Day projects ever. Great job Sara and Brittany!


    Marletha    Tuesday, February 1, 2011
  90. These are so darling–via:creature comforts

    Shalee    Tuesday, February 1, 2011
  91. these are awesome!I featured this today on my blog here: http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/02/what-i-want-to-make-wednesday-valentine.html

    These are so cute… come pick up a featured button!!!

    Rachel    Wednesday, February 2, 2011
  92. this is my favorite thing I’ve seen for Valentines day! what a clever idea! thanks for the tips on how not to crack the ball, and where to get such pretty colors…we’ll be making them! fabulous!

    {autie}    Thursday, February 3, 2011
  93. I just tried a small drill bit, and it went right through perfectly. :)

    Natalie Myers    Thursday, February 3, 2011
  94. I just featured this on my blog. LOVE it !!!


    Twigs and Twirls    Thursday, February 3, 2011
  95. this is the cutest thing ever… i can’t wait to make these for friends… i know they will totally love it! thanks for sharing!

    jessica    Thursday, February 3, 2011
  96. They are super cute! I love them!

    Leslie    Friday, February 4, 2011
  97. Whoever suggested the drill bit idea, thank you!!! I just made about 5 of these necklaces in an hour after struggling a long time with how to get the ribbon through, but I switched to a 7/32 drill bit, which made a much bigger hole (covered by the ribbon knots) and then flew right threw them! ADORABLE!

    Jen    Friday, February 4, 2011
  98. I am featuring this on my blog! So cute! Love me some creativity!

    Fat and Sassy Mama    Friday, February 4, 2011
  99. So cute! I’m going to post a link to your tutorial on my blog


    This is such a fun craft! :)

    Sierra    Friday, February 4, 2011
  100. SO cute…I was looking to make something with my niece..and here it is…except…don’t they start rubbing off on clothes? if the kids handle them too much won’t they get sticky? do we coat them with something??

    shae jacobsen    Friday, February 4, 2011
  101. This is really cute and I’m tempted to make me one to wear to my son’s Valentine’s day party at school for myself.

    Melissa    Saturday, February 5, 2011
  102. Question…did your party-goers actually eat the gumballs (off of the necklace) or is this more for the novelty of wearing candy? I L-O-V-E it. So cute and sweet! Thanks.

    Lily N    Saturday, February 5, 2011
  103. Lovely idea!

    The gumballs seems rather large in size to send in a standard mailer without the lid popping up. Would you kindly share with us which mailers you used for the packaging in the photos?


    Joy    Sunday, February 6, 2011
  104. Lily N–We haven’t used these necklaces at a party, just gave them to Sara’s kids. Children can eat them off of the ribbon if they would like.

    Brittany    Sunday, February 6, 2011
  105. This is a great gift idea! It’s simple and cute. I’ve included this post on my weekly favorites here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2011/02/weekly-favorites-for-february-6-2011.html

    Darcey    Sunday, February 6, 2011
  106. These are completely adorable! I actually featured them on my blog as part of my Fabulous Finds Craft and Recipe Round-Up: Valentine’s Edition! Just thought you’d like to know, and thanks for the awesome idea!


    Ashley    Monday, February 7, 2011
  107. Really Cute!!!!!!!


    I may do this actually, but we don’t have.. gumballs here, so I will have to experiment with something else!!!


    Chrissy    Monday, February 7, 2011
  108. Anyone have an idea on where to purchase Gumballs?

    Jen    Tuesday, February 8, 2011
  109. good places to check for gumballs: tjmaxx/marshalls up at the registers. i just found a great mix of red/pink/lilac/kiwi/and aqua there.

    now i’m off to jab my fingers…

    liz    Tuesday, February 8, 2011
  110. These are fab and I made a few.

    I found boxes of one inch gumballs (various colors) at the Buck Spot in Target. I used a bead reamer which didn’t break the gumballs at all. Then used Dollar Tree sheer pink ribbon which was easier to thread through the gumball.

    Turned out adorable!

    Maize    Tuesday, February 8, 2011
  111. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
    I linked back to it on my blog.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


    bailey    Wednesday, February 9, 2011
  112. Will so be making these for my daughter’s special Valentine Friends!

    Cheri    Wednesday, February 9, 2011
  113. These are adorable…I love the look and would wear one myself. Wonder if there is a way to seal the insects out?

    Dee    Wednesday, February 9, 2011
  114. Thank you for this great idea! I blogged about it along with other DIY Valentines here: http://covetcollective.blogspot.com/2011/02/diy-valentines.html

    Can’t wait to use these as party favors for a birthday party!


    Lana @ www.covetcollective.blogspot.com    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    Alright so I just made 11 necklaces. First off I tried the metal skewer.. it took me about 30 min to do the first necklace.. IT IS NOT SHARP ENOUGH! Ice pick from walmart 1.97! Works perfect and has a handle so you don’t get blisters from the metal skewer like me. Also to get the ribbon through tape the ends and then extend the tape off the end rolling it really tight. (Like the end of a shoelace) I tried using a yarn needle and once you put the ribbon through the needle it won’t go through the hole very easily.. tape method is working fast and easy! Also use appox. 60inches of ribbon per necklace to make it if you want to tie the bow on the side and have enough room to go over a girl’s head (now granted I am making this for 10yr old girls) I also use 8 gumballs per necklace. I did get the gumballs at party city. Hope this helps everyone!
    Feel free to email me with any other questions you may have~!

    Lisa    Thursday, February 10, 2011
  116. This is such a great idea! I had to share this on my blog with our other Valentine treats this week.

    I am going to try and make these for my daughter and for another birthday party I’m planning! Thanks!

    Kim @Kims Kandy Kreations    Thursday, February 10, 2011
  117. These are absolutely darling! What a great idea! Featured them on my blog this week! Have a great weekend!

    Blessings to you,

    Holly    Friday, February 11, 2011
  118. Hi! I found my way to your blog through Fancy Frills Design Studio. I love the name “One Charming Party”. Thanks for the great ideas!

    Andrea @ Paper-Charmed    Saturday, February 12, 2011
  119. Cutest idea I have seen. I am so going to make this necklace for my girls!!!


    Natalie    Saturday, February 12, 2011
  120. just featured these precious gum ball necklaces on my blog! LOVE them!!!! Here’s the link. http://natalielovins.blogspot.com/2011/02/super-cute-last-minute-valentine-idea.html

    Natalie    Saturday, February 12, 2011
  121. Such a great idea! We featured these on our LifeStyle blog twice!! Thanks for the amazing inspiration…

    Laura Johnson    Monday, February 14, 2011
  122. Even a grandmother appreciates your wonderful crafts. It’s a GREAT way to become the FAVORITE grandmother with all these cute ideas!

    Leslie    Friday, February 18, 2011
  123. Thanks for the drill tip. After struggling to poke several gumballs with the skewers, the drill was so fast! I made my holes wider this way so that I could easily get a needle with ribbon through. Love them!

    Steph    Sunday, February 20, 2011
  124. I’ve made many of these, and they were loved by all. Thanks for the tutorial!!! <3

    Cindy    Saturday, February 26, 2011
  125. Forget the skewer and use a power drill (clean the bit of course)! I ended up with a hole through my finger with the first gum ball. The drill is amazing!!!

    Annji    Monday, February 28, 2011
  126. Just found your site and I am so glad I did! I seriously love this idea and is going to make adorable b-day party favors for my little girl! LOVE this idea! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

    nancy    Tuesday, March 22, 2011
  127. I decided to make 12 of these for my daughter’s 8th birthday. After 2 gumballs I was frustrated with how hard it was to make a hole. Then I had the brillant thought to pull out the power drill. I sanatized a brand new 3/32 drill bit and it made the whole project super fast and super easy. The hole in the middle of the ribbon roll is perfect to put the gumball in to stabalize it for drilling.
    Love these necklaces!!!

    Sarah    Thursday, April 14, 2011
  128. Love these necklaces. I’m just sitting down now to make them for my daughter’s 5th birthday party. I was just curious if you had any problems with the gumball coating rubbing off when you’re making them. Maybe my hands are just really hot?! I just didn’t want them to be all gross and unsanitary. Any suggestions for me?

    anna    Friday, April 22, 2011
  129. super dooper nice…love it soooo much…

    bernie reyes    Friday, July 1, 2011
  130. Such a lovely necklace.

    AlexRuev    Tuesday, July 5, 2011
  131. Do you use anything on the gumballs to keep them from getting sticky? Like Shellac, or do you want to keep them edible?

    Sarah Knopp    Tuesday, July 5, 2011
  132. Hi Sarah–We wanted to keep them edible so we left them plain. We didn’t have any problems with the color rubbing off. xo

    Brittany    Tuesday, July 5, 2011
  133. This is so sweet!!! I love it!! And so pretty! I featured it on my blog today! http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2011/08/favorite-kids-craft-round-up.html

    Victoria    Thursday, August 11, 2011
  134. another idea that would bypass having to poke holes and sting thru, would be to use 1″ see thru ribbon that you fold in half and sew the open edge making a sleeve. You then start at one end and put in the gumball, ty a knot and continue till you have put the 7 in there. You can then tie small decorative 1/4 ” -1/2″ ribbon on the the ends for the neck part. Be sure to make long enough to slip over head. Have fun with em! I plan to make some with my daughters.
    ps… old white nylons(pantyhose) or netting work also :-)

    amy    Saturday, January 7, 2012
  135. Too cute! We saw these exact necklaces in Hawaii 5 years ago- in a cute boutique store with kid items. It was their “kid version” of the Kukui Lei that you can find all over the islands for adults (made with the dark colored kukui nuts). This particular stor had them in almost every color of the rainbow and kids are encouraged to eat the gumballs off as they wish- but I noticed the gumballs were fairly hard on most of them- I would think you would want to make them fairly soon before handing them out! Love em!

    Megan    Sunday, January 8, 2012
  136. I love this idea and we plan on doing this for the girls in my son’s class for valentine’s day… Do you have any gumball concepts for boys… Thanks so much for any thoughts!!!!

    cathryn    Monday, January 9, 2012
  137. Hi Cathryn–We don’t have any gumball concepts for boys. But we can look into it. xo

    Brittany    Monday, January 9, 2012
  138. These are so adorable! I’m featuring them on my blog! http://www.lovebugliving.com/2012/01/pinterest-valentines-inspiration.html

    Love Bug Living    Tuesday, January 10, 2012
  139. i just used a new, small drill bit and drilled right through those gumballs! didnt break a one!!

    debi    Tuesday, January 10, 2012
  140. I absolutely LOVE these! I am going to make one for my daughter for V-day this year for sure! I featured this project today in my Friday I’m In Love favorites.


    – Jenn @ Social Salutations

    Jenn    Friday, January 20, 2012
  141. These are THE CUTEST!! I have one question, approx. How much ribbon did you use per necklace? I’m making a few and just thought I’d ask.
    Thanks for sharing!! :)

    Nicole    Friday, February 10, 2012
  142. This is such a fun idea!! I featured you on my blog today, stop by & grab a button!


    Lindsay    Sunday, February 12, 2012
  143. That is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! Will definitely need to make these for my daughter’s birthday party :)

    Erin @ MyMommyWorld    Monday, March 5, 2012
  144. I love this for girls! For boys, I think I’ll make a keychain with them and a card shaped like a key attached as the valentine. If I can find clips then they can clip them on their beltloops. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Tanya    Sunday, December 30, 2012
  145. These are just the cutest things I’ve ever seen!!I hope it’s okay, I just couldn’t resist featuring these cute gumball necklaces in a Valentine’s crafts round-up that I just finished. You can see it here:


    Thank you so much for sharing this :)

    Jamie B    Monday, January 14, 2013
  146. CAN NOT wait to make this for my 16 year old and watch it spread like wild fire through her High School! SO STINKIN CUTE!

    Dacia Starratt    Tuesday, January 22, 2013
  147. Between this necklace and the brown, bag, popcorn turkey, One Charming Party is in my personal hall of party fame! I wanted to tell you that I’ve both mentioned you in a birthday post today and have linked back to you. I’ve only been blogging for one year but would be so very happy if someone new were to discover you through our happy occasion. These necklaces are just adorable! (And we had to go to great lengths, living in Sweden, to get the right gum balls. Color coordinated packs do not exist! My children were bug eyed as I passed out coins and we all sat on the ground by a gum ball machine, accumulating our stash one gumball at a time! It was worth it though, the birthday guests were thrilled! – me, too!) Thank you, One Charming Party. I’m charmed./g


    Gina at willowday    Thursday, January 24, 2013
  148. Did you use the big gumballs or the smaller ones?

    Jennifer Berge    Monday, January 28, 2013
  149. Hi Jennifer Berge–Big gumballs. xo B

    Brittany    Monday, January 28, 2013
  150. Love this idea! I pierced two holes in 60 gumballs in about 50 minutes. Wanted to share my super easy trick: apple corer / slicer. I placed my apple corer / slicer on a cutting board, covered it with a super thin flour sack towel, and then placed the gumball in the “core” hole of the corer / slicer. The apple corer held the gumball in place while I gently pierced it with the ice pick. I was able to continue straight through to the other side, just short of piercing the candy coating. When I flipped the gumball over, there was a convenient pressure mark indicating where to start the hole on the back side of gumball. I used the flour sack to prevent the corer from leaving a mark (or ring) on the candy coating. It was so much easier than I first anticipated. Thank you to everyone that shared ideas. It really helped me get this project started!

    Wendy    Thursday, February 7, 2013
  151. Do you think it would be way to hard to use the smaller gumballs? I want to make them for my 4 year old’s birthday party but I’m wondering if the 1″ gumballs will be a bit big on them.

    Paulette    Wednesday, July 10, 2013
  152. Looking very beautiful.

    Office space in UK    Friday, March 14, 2014
  153. Where did you get the box that you packaged it in? Or, what size box is that? Thanks

    dnacole    Thursday, October 23, 2014

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  1. […] Last but not least, this Valentine’s Gumball Necklace is to DIY for! Created by One Charming Party, we found it through InkSpot Workshop’s post last week. Perfect to give to the sweet girls […]

  2. one charming party...valentine gumball necklaces! on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    […] ♥ valentine gumball necklaces ♥ […]

  3. […] seriously squealed when I saw this tutorial from One Charming Party. Seriously I am going to make one and wear it with an […]

  4. i love gumballs « We Love Crafty Tracey on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    […] to make one or ten of your own? You simply must go check out One Charming Party and follow their tutorial. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, yes! Perfect for any day! I need more gumballs so I can […]

  5. Lovely Links: 1/28/11 on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    […] Gumball necklaces. ‘Nuff said. (Via Creature Comforts) […]

  6. Chew On This | The Hidden List on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 7:02 am

    […] Find the details on putting together this yummy necklace here. […]

  7. […] One Charming Party has all the instructions you need to create them! Posted in Celebrations, Health & Beauty, Valentine's Day […]

  8. Valentines Day is on its way… | WILAF on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 11:11 am

    […] DIY Gumball Necklace (click and you’ll learn how!) […]

  9. The sweetest valentine gift ever « on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 12:26 am

    […] you think this is too cute! And what’s even better is that according to the tutorial from One Charming Party it looks really easy to make. (Anyone know where you can find Gumballs in […]

  10. DIY Valentines — Be Gifted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 11:11 am

    […] photo and instructions on one charming party […]

  11. Mrs. Merry Mack» Blog Archive » A Little Snowday Crafts on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    […] a little gumball necklace. Next, this cool site I stumbled on called dollar store crafts. Where I found this clever […]

  12. […] peasy selbst gemacht, und zwar so und passend […]

  13. Three MUST DO Valentine Crafts! « Paint It What I Tell You on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 6:53 am

    […] There is little I can say about these except how gorgeous they are!  I remember when chunky, colored “pearl” necklaces became big in high school and I had a few necklaces that were very similar to these.  They were pink and purple, and surely at least $80 each…. Oh well.  I am dying to make a few of these this weekend, and I think I might run with the concept but see if I can cleanly poke holes in marshmallows.  My son is a little too small for stray gumballs around the house, and I hesitate to give these as gifts to parents with young kids. In any case, I anticipate some frustration with the hole-poking but I am super excited to take a crack at these!  Check out One Charming Party for the tutorial. […]

  14. Cute Valentine Crafts | Mom & Wife on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 7:03 am

    […] in love with this homemade gumball necklace that One Charming Party posted last week! We’ll be making these at my little girls Birthday party for sure. click […]

  15. Too Pretty to Chew! « Ashley and Ken Henderson on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 7:02 am

    […] Image from One Charming Party […]

  16. […] the full instructions HERE on One Charming Party! Filed Under: crafts, fashion, tutorial, valentine's day About […]

  17. Gumball necklace « Laurenmakes’s Weblog on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 6:10 am

    […] This pretty little necklace from One Charming Party is made from gumballs and ribbon. So clever and adorable! I know I’ve been in hiding. I’m finding too many precious Valentine’s day ideas to stay away. […]

  18. Collar comestible! « Ya estaba así.. on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 7:11 am

    […] 4 feb Se acerca San Valentin, y aunque no es una fiesta que celebre ni que tenga alguna cierta empatia por ella. Pero los blog han lanzado ya montones de propuesta de regalo, decoración, cocina etc.. e intentare en lo próximos días poner los que mas me llamen la atención.  Es el caso de este collar hecho con ¡chicle! una autentica monada y que pondeis leer el tutorial completo aqui. […]

  19. valentine’s day countdown… « mypaperobsession on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

    […] would not be complete without some jewelry… i saw these on onecharmingparty so cute… here’s how to make these yummy baubles! […]

  20. Valentine Roundup » Fun Finds For Mom on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    […] First, Gumball Necklaces. Oh my. You should have seen my 4 year old daughter’s face when I told her about them. Lots of pretty pictures and instructions at One Charming Party. […]

  21. Say I Love YOU! | French Garden House on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

    […] GumballNecklaces~OneCharmingParty […]

  22. Gumball Necklace » cherylyost.com on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    […] fell in love with this new blog that I found.  One Charming Party.  Once I saw the gumball necklace, I had to try it!  All of the little girls in my […]

  23. Valentine Gumball Necklaces on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    […] and photography. They posted a tutorial on how to make these sweet Valentine gumball necklaces here.  I made my own and I’ll tell you, its not easy to poke holes in gumballs. I didn’t […]

  24. Don’t burst my bubble… - Coton Colors Lifestyle on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    […] these ADORABLE Bubblegum Necklaces from One Charming Party.  Any little girl would love to eat her way through this trendy […]

  25. DIY Bubblegum Necklace » Spun Sugar Suite on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 8:33 am

    […] can view the full instructions for this fun little craft by clicking here.  Thank you One Charming Party for this fun idea!  Photos by Sara Westbrook. Tweet Posted in […]

  26. Sweet Lovin’ | FreidaFroo on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 12:46 am

    […] I can’t think of any little girl who wouldn’t love to get one of these Gumball Necklaces! […]

  27. A sweet necklace - Beyond Beyond | Beyond Beyond on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 9:28 am

    […] necklaces I chewed on as a child. And you can learn how to make your own if you head over here […]

  28. Valentine Craft-tique - Coton Colors Lifestyle on Monday, February 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    […] the actual level of difficulty, expense and time.  Since we featured the bubblegum necklaces from One Charming Party in our last post, those were first up for our […]

  29. :::: The Inspired Bride™ :::: › DIY Edible Flower Girl Favors on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 9:15 am

    […] to share it with you as well. Every little girl (and this grown woman) loves candy necklaces. This bubble gum variation by One Charming Party is an easy DIY project that resembles trendy bead […]

  30. Gumball Necklaces!!! | My Blog on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

    […] Charming Party has an amazing tutorial on how to make these adorable gumball necklaces.  You must check it […]

  31. […] These have to be one of the cutest projects I have seen in awhile! I wish I had a little girl so I could make these gumball necklaces! (Actually, I’m sure my boys wouldn’t mind me making gumball necklaces one bit.) Over at OneCharmingParty, find the instructions for these pretty little edible baubles, and make them for your next birthday party. Or, maybe they’d be an awesome thing to sell at your school fund-raiser carnival. [how to make gumball necklaces] […]

  32. Candy Jewerly | on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

    […] Gumball Necklaces This entry was posted in Inspired Blog, Inspired Crafts, Inspired Food, Inspired Ideas. Bookmark the permalink. ← Printable Checklists […]

  33. How To | Gumball Necklace | Alanna George on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 8:24 am

    […] have to preface this post by stating that I did not come up with this project, I found it at One Charming Party. To see more stunning examples of these gumball necklaces please visit their blog […]

  34. Adorable Gumball Necklace | The Domesticated Diva on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    […] am definitely making note for down the road. These are just too cute for words. Please head over to One Charming Party to find the step by step guide to make these adorable […]

  35. Valentine’s Day Gumball Necklaces | Formal Fringe on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    […] spotted these over at One Charming Party. They’re perfect for Valentine’s Day, and the perfect V-day gift for your daughters or […]

  36. […] 1:  left | center | right row 2:  left | center | right row 3:  left | center | […]

  37. 6 delicious ways to say “i love you” on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    […] Last but not least, this Valentine’s Gumball Necklace is to DIY for! Created by One Charming Party, we found it through InkSpot Workshop’s post last week. Perfect to give to the sweet girls […]

  38. DIY Gumball Necklace! | The Sweets Bar on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

    […] school candy bracelets and necklaces we could wear? Well, check out this DIY gumball necklace, from One Charming Party. This is such an elegant and cute party favor or decorations. I think it could be mistaken as real […]

  39. Candy Jewellery « on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 1:21 am

    […] mentioned these gumball necklaces (from One Charming Party) before, but they’re so adorable, I didn’t think you would mind me including them in a […]

  40. Happy, Happy Birthday Bailey « Rejoiceandbeglad's Weblog on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    […] of cheese pizza, yahoos, and fruit salad (all Bailey’s chose) we headed downstairs to make bubble gum necklaces and birthday cards for one of our World Vision sponsor children, Yetneyet.  Bailey and Yetneyet […]

  41. Adorable Gumball Necklace | Little Blessed Nest on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 10:43 am

    […] am definitely making note for down the road. These are just too cute for words. Please head over to One Charming Party to find the step by step guide to make these adorable […]

  42. Dica DIY: Colar doce – Blog do Tanlup on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 8:56 am

    […] essa é uma ótima ideia para as festas infantis! Para aprender como fazer esse colar doce, clique aqui. Tags acessórios, chiclete, colar, divertido, diy, doce, infantil, inspiração, tutorial […]

  43. Tinker Bell turns 3 | Sew Like My Mom on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    […] also made these adorable gumball necklaces I stumbled across on the internet recently. My sister tries to avoid artificial dyes in her girls […]

  44. Birthday Party Ideas | Bubblegum Party on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    […] Party Favor – Check out this great tutorial for necklaces made from gumballs from One Charming […]

  45. How to Make a Gumball Necklace | Make and Takes on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 5:52 am

    […] kids are just going to break. I’m sure you all know how that goes, haha! So when I saw these gumball necklaces made for little girls… I thought why not make one for me?! I absolutely love how it turned […]

  46. How-To: Gumball Necklaces @Craftzine.com blog on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    […] actually huge, colorful gumballs? This gumball necklace tutorial from Formal Fringe (inspired by One Charming Party) definitely put a huge smile on my face when I saw it. These would be so much fun to make for a […]

  47. Candy NecklacesI Heart Nap Time on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    […] kids are just going to break. I’m sure you all know how that goes, haha! So when I saw these gumball necklaces made for little girls… I thought why not make one for me?! Candy necklaces are so fun! I […]

  48. […] Friday’s DIY tutorial comes from Brittany and Sara, craft bloggers extraordinaire at One Charming Party. Their delightful blog is all about party planning and DIY tips and tricks to create wonderful, […]

  49. Make a Candy Necklaces {super CUTE!}I Heart Nap Time on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 12:37 am

    […] kids are just going to break. I’m sure you all know how that goes, haha! So when I saw these gumball necklaces made for little girls… I thought why not make one for me?! Candy necklaces are so fun! I […]

  50. Candy Jewellery | | Colour GigglesColour Giggles on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 8:47 am

    […] mentioned these gumball necklaces (from One Charming Party) before, but they’re so adorable, I didn’t think you would mind me including them in a […]

  51. […] you think this is too cute! And what’s even better is that according to the tutorial from One Charming Party it looks really easy to make. (Anyone know where you can find Gumballs in […]

  52. […] Photo credit: One Charming Party […]

  53. {Make} – Gumball Necklaces on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10:46 am

    […] {images via One Charming Party} […]

  54. All Day Valentine on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    […] I love the idea of kicking off the day by giving Sophie a bubblegum necklace and a sweet […]

  55. 8 Creative Valentine’s Day Crafts on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    […] Valentine Gumball Necklace: How stinkin’ cute are these gumball necklace Valentines?! I wish I had an excuse to make […]

  56. Nine Great Ideas for Valentine's Day | HoneyBear Lane on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    […] Make darling gumball necklaces at One Charming Party […]

  57. Mardi Gras candy beads | Candy Blog on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    […] how to string green, purple, and gold candy beads into Mardi Gras necklaces, I spied clever gumball necklaces on Pinterest from One Charming Party. […]

  58. making a paper heart lei & heart banner « Laurel Lane on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 12:12 am

    […] project:    I’d love to make the gumball necklace next time.  These would make  GREAT inexpensive birthday party favors!    […]

  59. Valentine necklace | on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    […] party, but it would be fun and cute to give to your adult girlfriends.  Here’s the tutorial for you to try out: bubblegum, bubblegum…chewy chewy […]

  60. […] Gumball necklaces […]

  61. Gumball Beaded Necklaces. Adorn Your Neck or Cupcakes With Them. on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

    […] forget to visit One Charming Party to see how they make their gumball necklaces, here. (They didn’t put them on cupcakes, so mini victory for […]

  62. WKND KIDS: sentaditos están mejor…. | on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:09 am

    […] Collares para las más princesas…  by One Charming Party […]

  63. Gumball Necklace | Cool Easter on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    […] actually huge, colorful gumballs? This gumball necklace tutorial from Formal Fringe (inspired by One Charming Party) definitely put a huge smile on my face when I saw it. These would be so much fun to make for a […]

  64. […] you can’t beat ‘em. Just to get you thinking about the possibilities, these were done @One Charming Party: Gumball Necklaces as seen at One Charming […]

  65. […] Fabric Heart Garland [by how about orange] Valentine’s Gum Ball Necklaces [by one charming party] Other awesome craft sites: http://www.ishareprintables.com http://www.isharecrafts.com http://www.isharefunfood.com […]

  66. Birthday Party Ideas | Bubblegum Party — Simply Swanky on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

    […] Party Favor – Check out this great tutorial for necklaces made from gumballs from One Charming […]

  67. Valentine's Day D.I.Y. Roundup on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 12:39 am

    […] Valentine Gumball Necklace @ One Charming Party via Creature Comforts. […]

  68. […] that unique favor that will make your guests feel like a kid again? I found the perfect remedy from One Charming Party found via Tom Kat Studio. Gumball […]

  69. Arty Lil – 39 Creative Ideas for Valentines on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 8:32 am

    […] all know diamonds are a girls best friend. One Charming Party have come up with this great idea of using Gum Balls, what a lovely […]

  70. {Valentines Love} Parties & Inspiration on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    […] Gumball Necklace […]

  71. […] Gumball Necklace DIY  2. V is for Valentine  3. Vintage Arrows DIY  4. Cupids Arrow Sequin Wreath DIY 5.  Strawberry […]

  72. 27 Best Valentine Ideas, Crafts, and Parties on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:02 am

    […]  Gumball Necklaces ~ A new take on the candy necklace, this easy gumball craft is sure to get you some hugs and […]

  73. Valentine’s Day Inspiration | Parents Playground NWA on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    […] Donut Favor Bags 24 for $24.99 DIY Gumball Necklace Tutorial […]

  74. Live Life Beautifully Blog » Beautiful Valentine’s Parties on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 6:14 am

    […] onecharmingparty.com […]

  75. Simply Stefani on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    […] Valentine Gumball Necklace […]

  76. 18 Valentines Projects to Wear on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 7:45 am

    […] 2.  Bubble Gum Necklace […]

  77. shout out sunday - A girl and a glue gun on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 12:35 am

    […] spirograph art work! FOOD folk and fun these cinnamon roll cupcakes are too yummy to pass on. One charming party gum ball necklace. gum ball necklace. for reals cutest thing EVER!!! I don’t know if […]

  78. St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Gumball Necklace Seattle Mamas on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:41 am

    […] have been tons of imitators but the original is One Charming Party…check out her post for the easy how-to.  I suggest threading the ribbon with a tapestry needle.  They are long and […]

  79. gumball necklace | Meet the Dubiens on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    […] I saw these gumball necklaces on One Charming Party I knew I had to make them for Kirsten’s birthday party. I had actually intended to make one […]

  80. gumball necklace | Meet the Dubiens on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    […] I saw these gumball necklaces on One Charming Party I knew I had to make them for Kirsten’s birthday party. I had actually intended to make one […]

  81. Happy 4th Birthday Kirsten! | Meet the Dubiens on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    […] a tutorial later this week on how to make the necklaces. I got the idea for the gumball necklaces here […]

  82. Valentines party favors...for the mama - Creative Juice on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    […] take credit for this awsome idea of gumball neckalces, but no it was not my brain child but that of one charming party. i did however find a quicker and i think safer way to make these little jewles. first is where […]

  83. The 35 Best DIY Favors… Ever | World inside pictures on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    […] source […]

  84. bubblegum necklace - A girl and a glue gun on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 7:52 am

    […] check out this cute version…. source […]

  85. Valentine Gumball Necklaces DIY Tutorial | Hip Home Making.com on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    […] to the tutorial: Valentine Gumball Necklaces by One Charming […]

  86. Valentine's Day Crafts: Bubble Gum Necklace on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    […] Day right around the corner. I had found the idea for these fun Bubble Gum Necklaces on One Charming Party! As you may know, I have 2 sons…but last year my oldest son fell in love and wanted to lavish […]

  87. 50+ Valentine’s Day Ideas on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:37 am

    […] Making gum ball necklaces shared by One Charming Party is a great fine motor exercise and the kids would love […]

  88. Valentines at Hey Little Birdie! on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:22 am

    […] Gumball Valentine Necklace via One Charming Party […]

  89. pink lemonade party - Noodlehead on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

    […] jewelry, but these were just so fun and Natalie loves chewing gum.  You can follow the Valentine Gumball Necklace tutorial over at One Charming […]

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