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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Goody goody gumdrops wreath

I love the way gumdrop wreaths look!  I'm planning on using these as part of the decor for my boys' polka dot birthday party next month, and of course they're cute enough to keep around for Christmas, too.  They were a breeze (and slightly addictive) to make.



Before I started, I did a little bloggy research on how to go about making a gumdrop wreath, and everything I found involved breaking toothpicks in half, skewering the gumdrops on the end, and jabbing it into the wreath form. 



Uh, no.

Don't bother.  Ditch the toothpicks and get your glue gun.  How anyone on earth has the patience to jab toothpicks into a tough, foam wreath is beyond me.

So trust me.  Do it with toothpicks and you'll be muttering mean things about me and your splinters all day long.   (Naturally, my 2 year old assistant was happy to pluck the "broken" gumdrops off and eat them once I decided to go the glue route.)



I bought 10 inch foam wreath forms.  They're the perfect size.  Not too big, not too small.  To start, I wrapped a piece of packing tape around the top to protect the foam from the weight of the wreath while hanging. 



Then I took a piece of floral wire, wrapped it around, and looped it to form a hanger.  Don't scrimp.  The finished wreath is seriously heavy!





Then I went to town gluing the gumdrops on.  I just randomly plucked them out of the bowl and glued each one on.  For a 10 inch wreath, I used almost 3 pounds (minus the, ahem, "defective" ones that found their way into my own and my 2 year old's tummy) of gumdrops.  This was the addictive part.  I couldn't stop gluing the candy on until I was done. 



This was also was a good test of my perfectionist, symmetry loving self.  It was very difficult for me to stick to random colors and not make an "even" mix! 



After I finished gluing, I sprayed the wreath with matte sealer to preserve it.  I don't know how well this is going to work, but I'd like to be able to save them and re-use my wreaths for years to come.  Hopefully this will do the trick.  Check back with me next December!



While the sealer was wet, I sprinkled a tiny bit of clear glitter on it.  It looks a lot like the sugar that covers the gumdrops, so it's just the right amount of sparkle. 



I looped a satin ribbon around the top of the wreath to cover up the wire hanger and glued it to the back of the foam wreath form.  That way, I can secretly hang the wreath securely on a hook, but get all the prettiness of the ribbon. 






I like my wreaths multi-colored, but I think it would also be very pretty to stick to just a few colors, or red and green, or maybe even all white.  Ah, the possibilities!



It probably goes without saying, but this is an indoor decoration.  Those pretty little gumdrops need to be protected from the elements!



I also want to add that although these look good enough to eat, they shouldn't be.  Glue and sealer will make for big tummy aches.  Make sure to keep your wreaths out of reach of little ones or anyone else who might not understand it's for looking, not eating!

If you'd like a gumdrop wreath for yourself, but don't have the patience or want to suffer the hot glue burns, I've listed one in my shop

67 comments:

  1. looks great and seems pretty easy, now i want a gum drop

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  2. Brrrilliant! This looks like just the right project for the family get together. Thanks, cool friend!

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  3. oh Cheryl, how adorable. I hope it sticks around for awhile. :) But I mean, if you have to make another one next year - you have to make another one (and eat more gummies). :)

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  4. Love this Cheryl. Great tutorial! And it's colorful...so much white everywhere...it's nice to see something cheery and bright:)

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  5. Yummy! Thanks for all the tips and tricks.
    Very colorful.
    Great pictures, also!

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  6. That is so cool! I can't wait to try it with the girls! They are gonna love it... if they don't eat the gumdrops first! Thanks for the tutorial, I would have given up on the toothpicks too, but not thought of the glue!

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  7. I LOVE this! We'll be making one of our own, for sure! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

    ~Karla @ It's The Little Things...

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  8. Great tutorial! Thank you! I'm totally making this in the spring!

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  9. I love this concept! So cute! I have a question about the hot glue gun, though. I bought a cheapie "low-temp" glue gun to glue some dried flowers on a grapevine wreath and the buggers wouldn't stick. Is this because it is "low-temp" or is it something I am doing wrong? I am totally new with the glue gun, so any advice would be appreciated! Thanks.

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  10. I am honestly in LOVE with this! I'm so excited I want to get the stuff and do it tomorrow, lol. I can't believe how super cute it turned out! Wow. Thank you SO much for the excellent tutorial.

    I'm a new follower too! :)

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  11. Beautiful. The toughest part would be getting the gum drops on the wreath ... not in your stomach!!!
    Thanks for the tutorial.

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  12. Lovely, what a wonderful and yummy idea!

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  13. I. LOVE. THIS. Thanks for the fab idea!

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  14. Oh my I love this! Can I post about it on my blog?!

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  15. Could you make one with horizontal stripes? It would be right up my alley.

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  16. Love this wreath. Thanks for sharing how you put it together!

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  17. Did you use craft glue or hot glue gun?

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  18. Loving this YUMMY idea! Thanks for sharing! I would love to feature this on my blog! Just wanted to ask first :) Let me know what ya think!
    Thanks again
    ~Stacie
    The Creative Crate
    stacie4@q.com

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  19. I love it...I was looking for easy items I could make with my 4 children, this is PERFECT!!

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  20. Wow that is seriously cool! I can't imagine how many glue sticks you must have gone through though! :)

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  21. This would look so cool in a kitchen!!! May just have to make one...

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  22. Wow! it looks great and you had some great tips in there! I love the idea of using this for a polkadot party :)
    Bookmarking this one!

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  23. I strung gumdrops into garlands two years ago. I just keep them in the freezer and reuse them the next year. I am going to have to add two wreaths this year! They will go perfect with the candy theme I have in my kitchen. I am sute those will be so much easier to make that stringing sticky drops onto string, I had blisters for days!!

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  24. totally love the gumdrop wreath - gorgeous, hope it lasts through to next christmas and beyond :D

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  25. so cute! thanks for all the great tips! I love to learn from someone else's mistakes! lol
    gail
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  26. Wow, thanks so much for sharing your mistakes and tips. I love posts like this! I'll be linking.

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  27. I love this! Thanks for the tutorial! Reminds me of the years gone by when we made gum drop trees using branches from sticker bushes.
    Thanksgiving Blessings,
    Jayne at mysongwithin

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  28. I.love.it! Would be so cool at Easter too!! I hope I don't forget to make this project!

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  29. This is absolutely AMAZING! I would love to make one of these...and I'm sure my daughter would love to help. ha ha.

    Anne

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  30. Very cute! I appreciate you sharing what didn't work so we don't have to suffer! I love the finished result and I like that it's an exercise in allowing randomness happen... I may need that kind of therapy as well. You're COOL!

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  31. WoW...so cute! I might have to try this. Thanks for sharing.
    Daisy~

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  32. This is amazing, I've never seen anything like it. I'm totally in love and awe!

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  33. Thanks for the tutorial for this adorable wreath. I put a link to it on one of my blogs, and I thought you'd like to know. Please let me know if it's a problem, and I can remove it. (...off to make her own gumdrop wreath...)

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  34. lol...wish I saw this before I went ahead and used toothpicks for my foam christmas trees! It actually wasn't so bad...splinter wise...and I cut the toothpicks with my rockin scissors! I didn't think about preserving it...will try your method and lets see how next December goes!

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  35. I love this wreath!! So adorable in a kids room!!! Of course they would try to eat it!!
    Mama Holli

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  36. I totally made one of these tonight and LOVE it!! Thanks for such a great idea!

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  37. I want to eat it!!! Adorable! I put this on my FB page!

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  38. What a great idea!! I want to make one! I'm like you though - I'd have trouble not making everything even and symmetrical!

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  39. I absolutely love this! I will be making this soon... thanks!

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  40. question...where did you find such great gumdrops? I cant find any that are that cute

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  41. Hi - I just discovered your blog and have it marked now. I loved the look of your gumdrop wreath and might just copy it for the coming season. I'm thinking it might be possible to make an attempt at making a gumdrop "ball" (like those mistletoe balls you see hanging). And heck, if it doesn't hang, it would sure look pretty putting multiple-sized gumdrop "balls" in a bowl dontcha think? Anyway, thanks for all the inspiring crafty ideas!

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  42. I would LOVE to know is this kept for you! I want to make one sooo bad!

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  43. So how did it keep for you? I'm thinking about making one of these for my front door, and would love to know if it handled storage well. How did the sealer hold up?

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  44. This is great! I featured you today on Today's Top 20!! I'd love if you stopped by!

    Amanda
    todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  45. That is so cute! I'm going to make one!!!

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  46. i spotted your wreath!
    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/news/before-after-a-life-size-gingerbread-house-shelter-pop-134630

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  47. We're all dying to know how it lasted. :)

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  48. Hi there Cheryl, we LOVE this at things{we}make so I hope it's ok that we featured it in our Foody section.

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  49. YES! Definately would like to know how it held up over the past year!!!! Please let us know! :)

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  50. Come on...fess up! Inquiring minds want to know if this survived your attic! :)

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  51. I know this was a Christmastime project, but I love it for Easter, too! I posted about it here: http://www.chickabug.com/blog/2011/04/diy-easter-candy-decorations.html

    Heather : )

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  52. I loved creating this years ago and it was very pretty and unique. I just happened to pick the year that our Christmas was near 80 and it melted all down our door. LOL That was definitely a project and Christmas I will never forget. Next time, I will be keeping it in a more controlled environment.

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  53. I love this idea, though I think I would prefer to stick out the task of doing it with tooth picks so that the kids could enjoy eating it on Christmas day!

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  54. This is so totally awesome! I love it!! Hopefully my daughter and I will attempt this over the break!

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  55. I just saw this on July 3rd, but I'll remember this for Christmas!! I plan on making one, but going as lightly on the hot glue as possible. No spray sealant. I'll just put it outside, and let the birds and squirrels have at it!

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  56. This is fabulous and I'd love to give it a go. Have you left the back 'un-gum-dropped' if that makes sense? In the photo where you are showing the ribbon being stuck on, it looks that the back of the wreath is plain, presumably so the wreath hangs flat against the door/wall etc. Is this right?
    Thanks for your fab tutorials :)
    Claire x
    claire@jibbsy.co.uk

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  57. I completed a wreath, after ordering 20lbs of gumdrops so that I could make xmas gifts...they only had 12" foam wreaths available...but I didn't realize you only did the front half of your wreath. How do I do the ribbon? You only show the bottom portion of your ribbon and don't show if you tied a bow??? Can you share please as it is quite heavy!

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  58. I just made a similar wreath with unwrapped peppermint candy....I sprayed it with acrylic to preserve it. I wonder if that would work with the gumdrops.

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  59. Hi Cheryl,

    I'd love to pin this to The Home Depot Wreaths For Any Occassion pinboard if you don't mind!

    Thanks,
    Caroline
    Senior Editor, The Home Depot

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  60. Hey,
    Did this last or have you had to throw it out?

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