Make a playful gumball garland for birthday parties and other (kid-friendly) occasions. Kids will love turning this into a party game, as they attempt to eat the gumballs right off of the garland string. Or you can keep the garlands intact until the party is over and eat them later.

Cute gumball garland on #birthdayparties #garland

You will need: medium-sized gumballs (about 1 inch), colorful string, a large needle (I used a knitting needle), tape, scissors, something to poke holes into the gumballs (I used an awl)

Gumball garland on #birthdayparties #garland

Gumball garland on #birthdayparties #garland

Directions: Separate gumballs by color in different bowls. Begin poking holes all the way through each gumball, using an awl or other sharp tool. You’ll want to take your time and be gentle when poking the holes, so that the gumballs don’t crack or break. Set aside. The desired length of your garland will determine how many gumballs you need to complete this project. Next, wrap a small piece of tape around the edge of the string to keep the threads together and compact, so you can thread your needle. Once you have the string through the eye of the needle, cut off the bit of tape on the end of the string. Begin threading the string through the pre-holed gumballs until you reach the desired length. Knot the ends, so the gumballs don’t slide off the string, and your gumball garland is ready to hang!

Gumball garland on #birthdayparties #garland

Gumball garland on #birthdayparties #garland

Photography, design and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff.


  1. Such a fun idea. Where is the string from?

    heather j    Friday, May 10, 2013
  2. I love this! I would have never thought of it myself. Very fun!

    {Bayside Bride}    Friday, May 10, 2013
  3. I love the look of these garlands!

    whatever DeeDee Want    Saturday, May 11, 2013
  4. This tutorial is extremely elegant, nice work Brittni! Thank you for sharing and for the lovely layout, very easy to follow.

    Lee Lewis    Sunday, May 12, 2013
  5. Thanks for the sweet comments everyone. And the string is from Amazon, Heather. I’m not sure if it’s available anymore, but it comes in a package with several other neon colors.

    Brittni    Monday, May 13, 2013
  6. definitely bookmarking this for my next dessert/ sweet treats party!

    juni // hej juni    Monday, May 20, 2013
  7. wow!!! great idea!!!

    Zina    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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