Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gumball Necklace Tutorial

I am loving all these gumball necklaces I keep seeing all over the place! I made one a few weeks ago for a friend's little girl, and now I've gotten a little obsessed with them! My dear friend Melissa has a birthday party this week, so we spent today making 18 gumball necklaces for party favors! Oh so cute! I can't wait to show you the rest of the party, but for now, here's a sneak peak at the fun colors and a little gumball necklace how-to!

First, you'll need a bunch of big gumballs--in this case we needed pink, green, yellow and orange, to match the party of course! Also, because we had so many to do, we went with the faster route--the drill. You can poke these by hand using a big needle, but a drill is much cleaner and faster.
I don't know the exact size of the bit we used, but just make sure it's big enough for a big yarn needle to get through. Drill holes through one side and out the other...

We used a scrap of wood to drill on so we could just do it in the kitchen. Please don't drill through your counter top.
Then we lined them up in patterns on a towel so they wouldn't run away.
Next you'll need some ribbon. Thread the ribbon through a big yarn needle. We cut the ribbon about a yard and a half and that seemed to work perfectly for 7 gumballs on each necklace.
Then start threading your gumballs, tying a knot on the side and between each gumball.
Keep going until your pattern is complete and finish it off with a bow. Make sure it's big enough to go over a little one's head.
What a fun and inexpensive party favor! These turned out so cute. Those little girls are going to love them I'm sure! I'll be back later with more party pics!



  1. What a cute ideas, these would be great for my daughter's birthday.

  2. These are so cute! Great idea just in time for Christmas gifts.

  3. I haven't seen these before! I love it! I would love it if you wanted to link up to my party at It is running from Tues.-Tues.
    Hope to see you there!

  4. Do the colors stain their clothes?

  5. Do the colors stain their clothes?