Candy Necklaces w/ Gumballs!


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Today I’m going to show you how to make these super cute gumball necklaces for under a buck… in case you missed the guest post at Make and Takes.  Big chunky necklaces seem to be all the rage these days… but when I spotted one similar it cost $30. Definitely not in my price range for a piece of jewelry my 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 absolutely love how it turned out and got tons of compliments when I wore it. No one could believe they were gumballs!


Supplies needed:

  • 6 large gumballs (can be found at the dollar store or party city)
  • 40 in. of ribbon (1/4 -1 in. size)
  • needle and thread
  • scrap fabric
  • doll needle
  • knitting needle

1. Pierce gumball with needle. Then pierce another hole on the opposite side of the gumball. This is basically just making your mark.

2. You will use your knitting needle to push through the hole (only half  way or it will crack). Then flip the gumball and push the needle through the other side. Make the hole large enough for the ribbon to fit through.

3. Thread your ribbon through a doll needle and push the needle through the hole in the gumball. Repeat with 5 of your gumballs.

4. Use fray check on the ends of the ribbon to stop the edges from fraying.

If you’d like to add a flower on your necklace follow these simple steps.

5. Cut (6) 2 in circles. Then you will fold the circles in half.

6. Fold your circle in half again, creating a pie shape.

7. Tie a knot on the end of your strings and thread the needle through the corner of the “pie”. Let’s call it a pumpkin pie. ;)

8. Thread all the circles on the string using step 7. You may need to turn the “pies” to create a full flower.

9. Stitch the bottom of the flower to the ribbon (or you could use hot glue… which, let’s be honest, is sometimes easier, and faster). lol

10. Tie a knot in the ribbon so your last gumball won’t be hidden under the flower.

11. Add another gumball and your done! Yay!!

If you’d like to make one without the flower, just simply tie a knot in between each gumball. Simple as that!

Now enjoy your new gumball necklace! I promise these are super easy to make and take less than ten minutes once you have it down.

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. landeelu posted on September 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm (#

    I DID miss these on Make & Takes and I love this! Super cute and stylish! Love. I will be making some of these ASAP. Thanks for the idea!

  2. shana posted on September 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm (#

    does the color from the gumballs bleed off onto your clothes? super cute, great work!

  3. sally posted on September 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm (#

    What a fun idea! my girls love those cheap candy necklaces, but they hate the candy so it just gets thrown away after a few hours. Giant gumballs though, they love!!

  4. Jayna Rae posted on September 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm (#

    Way, way too cute. I think that I am going to make these for the shower that I am throwing at the end of the month. They would be the perfect favor.

    • Jayna Rae posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm (#

      I actually got to make these today in preparation for my friends shower on Saturday; they are going to be the favors. I love the way they turned out. We used blue, yellow, and white gumballs. On one necklace we put a pink gumball. Whoever gets that necklace wins a prize. I will have photos up in a week or two when I do a post of the shower. I will be sure to link back to you.

  5. Madison Cook posted on September 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm (#

    That is so stinkin cute! And your baby is absolutely adorable:) Love the rolls!

  6. Ashley @ Mama of All Trades posted on September 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm (#

    This looks so cute! I think I might spray the gumballs first with a sealant, just so they don’t bleed onto my clothes!

  7. Alison posted on September 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm (#

    What a great project!! This would be a fun project to do with my students as well…love it!! Thanks for sharing!!


  8. Lindsay posted on September 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm (#

    I LOVE this! What an adorable necklace! And your daughter is beautiful–just like her mama! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Shona posted on September 8, 2011 at 6:55 am (#

    It’s such a great project! How do you keep her from putting them in her mouth?!! They look super cute…love those pics of you guys ;)

  10. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on September 8, 2011 at 9:14 am (#

    These are so fun and too cute! I just emailed you to ask you a craft question :)

  11. Vicki Bensinger posted on September 8, 2011 at 11:05 am (#

    Oh my goodness Jamielyn, this necklace is darling and you and your baby are beautiful models for it. I love beading and in fact, use to work as a consultant doing beading parties. This is just too cute. When I’m not cooking or teaching culinary classes I still bead. Although my kids are grown, there is a little girl in the lane that I just may have to make this for. What a fun idea!

  12. Tam @ Sew Dang Cute posted on September 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm (#

    Saw this on Make and Takes and loved it!! So simple and elegant. Going on my to-do list for sure and of course in YELLOW!!!

  13. Yadsia@ShopCookMake posted on September 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm (#

    How cute, I love this.

  14. lisa posted on September 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm (#

    This is AWESOME!!! I am going to make some for not only my two year old but for my 16 year old niece!!! What a great idea!!!

  15. Carmella posted on September 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm (#

    Oh my goodness what a great idea! And I don’t think it could get any sweeter than that cutie pie of yours wearing her necklace!

  16. Stephanie posted on September 12, 2011 at 8:00 am (#

    so. so. SO freaking cute! I love this. I have been eyeing this style necklace forever now- and finally one I can afford! Thanks for posting!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm (#

      Thanks Stephanie! These were so fun to make! :)

  17. Jen posted on September 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm (#

    I absolutely love this necklace! So cute (and delicious). And I know I’ve said it before, but could that baby be any cuter?! She is precious!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm (#

      Thanks so much Jen! This necklace may only have the flower on it now. lol! ;)

  18. Michelle posted on September 15, 2011 at 8:48 am (#

    I made gumball necklaces for my daughters Tea Party themed birthday. They were a huge hit and I was surprised how easy they were to make. I used an awl to make the hole in the gumbals. It was nice to have the handle to hold and it pushed right through the gumballs with ease. I love your addition of the fabric flowers…I think I may be making them again for valentines day! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Natalie from posted on September 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm (#

    Love this! How cutie! And I would have NEVER guessed it was gumballs!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm (#

      Thanks Natalie! They make a great treat…eehhh beads! :)

  20. Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 posted on September 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm (#

    Absolutely adorable! I love how you added the fabric flower too!

    It looks like we may be going with a theme of “Candyland” for this year’s Father/Daughter dance. This would be a perfect craft and take-away!


    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:18 am (#

      Thanks for commenting Jen! xo

  21. Johnnie posted on September 21, 2011 at 1:45 am (#

    This is great! Thanks for sharing. Stumbled and pinned.

  22. Holly L posted on September 24, 2011 at 10:14 am (#

    Cute!Wish I could make those here…the gumballs get gooey and wet asap in our foggy climate…seriously I cannot even have a gumball machine – gooey and wet in seconds. Maybe I will make some for the trip to L.A….the girls would love them.

  23. charlie posted on November 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm (#

    LOVE this! I’m featuring it as part of my “Gifts for Girls” post. :)