How to make Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments (and the winners!)

Who else pulls out the Christmas craft supplies when the family gathers for Thanksgiving? I’m in charge of our “Thanksgiving Craftermath” and it’s a lot of fun. If you’d like to plan a little Thanksgiving craft hour with your family, these DIY, Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments are just the thing. Making these Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments is easy, and they can be personalized in favorite colors. Plus, they sparkle! I’m announcing the winners from the Festival of Trees giveaway, too.

Cute - jumbo Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments. Easy DIY on

Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

Easy DIY -- how to make Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments on

These sparkling ornaments are easy enough for all ages. Plus, you can paint your gumdrop in your favorite color.

To make a Glittered Gumdrop Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” x 6” egg; block or scrap piece
  • Acrylic craft paint in your choice of color
  • Crystal glitter, coarse
  • Ribbon, 1/8” x 8”, coordinating color
  • Pearl head pins, two, coordinating color
  • Button, coordinating color
  • Mod Podge
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife or serrated knife*; bar of soap or old candle; wood skewer; stiff bristle paint brush; box or old newspapers

*Note: Only adults should use the serrated knife; children should always cut the foam using a plastic knife and under adult supervision.  

To make a Glittered Gumdrop Ornament:

  1. Cut the narrow end from the foam egg. If you’re using a serrated knife, wax the knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle first. Hint: If you’re crafting with children, consider cutting the eggs ahead of time. Or, be sure that kids use a plastic knife.
  2. Insert the wood skewer into the curved top of wide end of the egg; you’ll use the skewer as your handle.
  3. Paint gum drop in the color of your choice, and let dry. Insert the wood skewer into a foam block or other scrap to hold the gumdrop upright while the paint dries.
  4. Brush Mod Podge on the gumdrop and sprinkle thoroughly with coarse glitter. Work over a box or old newspapers for easier clean up.
  5. Remove the skewer, and place a dab of glue on top of the gumdrop. Knot together the ends of the ribbon, forming a hanger. Center the hanger over the glue. Insert the pearl head pins through the button holes, and pin the button over the ribbon ends. Let glue dry before hanging.

Thank you to all who followed along during the Festival of Trees. The winner of the $50 gift card and a box of craft magazines and books is D. Keels. Winners of the magazine Christmas Ideas are Angie, Angie F., Anne Haun, Jessica W. and Barb Macaskill. Congratulations, and please contact me to arrange for the shipping.

I’m planning a little more giveaway fun this holiday season, so stay tuned!

I’m thankful for all of you who follow along at Crafts ‘n Coffee. It’s fun to share ideas for crafting and decorating with all of the friends and family who gather here. I wish you all a warm and cozy Thanksgiving with those you love.

Is anyone else planning a Thanksgiving “Craftermath”?

Happy Thanksgiving, and happy crafting.


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16 Responses to How to make Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments (and the winners!)

  1. LisaM6 says:

    Those are so cute. I want one to eat. Great tut÷

  2. CraftyB says:

    What a fun idea!! Here’s hoping crafting burns lots of calories because I’m going to try it, too

  3. Angie says:

    Sweet! And no calories! This reminds me of a gingerbread house with gingerbread men and women.

  4. Debbie Kaste says:

    These ornaments are adorable! Congrats to the lucky winners of the give away:)

  5. annehaun says:

    Hi Sharon – Thank you so much – I know this will be a wonderful magazine.  

    • Sharon says:

      Congratulations, and thank you. I loved reading your comments throughout the Festival of Trees (and of course, throughout the year, too). Merry Christmas crafting! Sharon

  6. Angie F says:

    Wow thank you so much! I love all your great ideas and excited to see some more!

  7. These are cute!!! Can’t wait to read the Christmas Ideas magazine!!! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  8. Katiria says:

    First of all congratulations to the winners!!! I was going to make turkey cupcakes with my teenage nieces but they had to cancel their trip and I had prepared some turkey coloring pages for my preschool nieces and it turns out they’re spending the day at the in-laws…so I’ll have to save it for another time. The 4 of us are heading to my grandparents for dinner again this year. Sharon I’m thankful I found your site because it’s always filled with the crafts I want to make. You give me great ideas and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving day with your grandparents. I’m sorry you weren’t able to share the “craft love” with your nieces 😦 Maybe you can reschedule for Christmas . . . I’m so glad you found Crafts ‘n Coffee, too, and thank you so much for following and for your sweet comments. Happy holiday crafting! xo, Sharon

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