Giant Gumdrop Ornaments

November 30, 2014Allison Murray
Make these sweet gumdrop ornaments with tutorial.

Make these sweet gumdrop ornaments with tutorial.

First off, Happy Thanksgiving! Now, back to work!

Today I’m going to share with you a super crafty Christmas ornaments you can make to sweeten up your holiday decor! These giant gumdrop ornaments are the bees knees if you ask me and they’re super easy to prepare. I’d suggest working through one, getting it down and then assembly lining all of the others after to save yourself some big time! Heck, you can even get the kids involved so they can see what life is like for an elf in the employ of one Mr. Claus. (p.s. you might have seen this project last year at Lines Across!)

How about if I stop gabbing and we get on with this tutorial? For this project you will need:

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  • paper mache eggs
  • gold string
  • X-acto knife
  • cardboard or cardstock
  • hot glue
  • decoupage
  • gumdrop colors of paint (red, purple, green, yellow, orange)
  • chunky translucent glitter (not the fine stuff, doesn’t work)

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There are lots of different size paper mache eggs. I chose the ones that were most like a hen’s egg in size. The pointier end of the egg is going to be our gumdrop. Take and trim the bottom part off like seen in the picture above.

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Take a small drill bit and drill a hole in the top of the egg. Cut a piece of gold string that is about 4-5 inches long and push into the hole.

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Glob on some hot glue inside to keep the string ends in place.

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Run hot glue around the bottom edge of the egg and place on a piece of cardstock. Use your glue as a caulk of sorts to fill any gaps that might occur from a less than perfect cut line.

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Once the glue is dry trim the excess cardstock from the bottom. The glue will still be kind of tacky and will want to stick to your blade or scissors, so be careful so that you don’t accidentally cut yourself.

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Depending on the quality of your paint, you’ll need to apply anywhere between 1-4 coats to fully cover the brown of the paper mache. Honestly, I wish I would have bit the bullet and spent the extra 75 cents a bottle so that I would have been done lots and lots faster!

When the paint is dry and to your liking, brush on a thin coat of decoupage and sprinkle your chunky glitter on. Spray with acrylic sealer if you wish to help prevent glitter from taking over your home (because it’s the craft supply that stays). I figure it’s Christmas-time and everything is covered in glitter so I didn’t even bother!

Now, the one on the right above I first tried using the fine glitter and then the chunky. Then I sat here for a few days giving it the stink eye and trying to figure out what wasn’t jiving. In the end, I totally omitted the fine glitter because it’s just distracting. Definitely all chunky all the way!

Make these sweet gumdrop ornaments with tutorial.

And there are my cute sweeties on a tree! So what do you say? Will you be knocking some of these guys out?

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Comments (13)

  • Kathryn

    November 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    What a cute idea! This would be a great craft idea for a snow day to spruce up the tree. Thanks for sharing!

  • Regina

    November 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Thanks so much! This is exactly what I have been looking for!

  • Susan

    December 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    I’ve got lots of plastic easter eggs that I could totally use!

    1. Mary Jo

      November 9, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      I totally want to make these cute gumdrop ornaments. Did the plastic Easter eggs work for you?

      1. Allison Murray

        November 10, 2015 at 8:08 AM

        I never did try plastic eggs but having tried glitter on plastic before I think I’d suggest the paper mache like I used a bit more. It’s not so slick and the glitter sticks like a champ!

  • Kimberly Lane

    December 10, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    Love the gum drop ornaments!

  • Liz Queenlila

    December 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    OMG Allison these are turned out so cute! :)

  • Jane Walker

    July 28, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    I just love these adorable ornaments and your photos are particularly stunning. I’ve featured them on a post at TheHandcraftedChristmas.com as part of a Candy Land Christmas theme – Goodie Gumdrops

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  • Bonnie

    February 6, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Where did you find the glitter? I’ve looked and can’t find.

    1. Allison Murray

      February 7, 2016 at 8:25 AM

      I got mine at Hobby Lobby. It was some years ago but they should have something similar. Good luck!

  • Jane

    October 8, 2016 at 6:32 AM

    Precious craft . Think I’ll give them a try . But I’ll get the sealer . I hate glitter . My BFF teases me and says . When I pass away she is going to throw some in my coffin . Is she a sweetheart or what lol

    1. Allison Murray

      October 9, 2016 at 10:51 AM

      When I was irritated and feeling like a jerk I sent my dad a ton of glitter in an envelope and he was so, so mad at me :) Apparently it went into his keyboard and EVERYWHERE.

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