In this tutorial, I'll show you how to easily create an oversized "bead" necklace from a length of ribbon and a handful of colorful gumballs. This is a great gift idea, or a fun activity for a kids' birthday party or a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Step 1: Gather Gumballs & Ribbon
Round up a bunch of gumballs and lengths of ribbon in coordinating colors. For each necklace, you’ll need around 6-10 gumballs and around two yards of ribbon (for double-knotting and a big, loopy bow). The color scheme is up to you. You can alternate between two or three colors of gumballs, or add one contrasting gumball for a pop of color.
Step 2: Drill and Thread the Gumballs
Poke two holes on each gumball, one on each side. I used a metal skewer from the kitchen for this. Make each hole separately--if you drill straight through the gumball, it's likely to crack.
Thread your ribbon through the holes of each gumball. I used a thick wire to push it through, but a large-eye needle or a bit of string wire tied around the ribbon will do. Position the gumball near the center of your length of ribbon and tie knots on either side.
Keep going until you’ve got all 6 or 10 (or however many) gumballs on the ribbon.
Step 3: Tie It Together
Wrap the gumball-threaded ribbon around your neck (or a kid's neck, if the necklace is for a munchkin), to measure the right length and tie a bow.
Step 4: Seal & Finish (Optional)
You're all done, and now you have a colorful necklace made of gumballs to wear or give as a gift!
As a warning, the colors from some store-bought gumballs might rub off a little on clothes or skin if it's wet or extra humid, or if you're sweating. To prevent this, you can spray it with some kind of sealant from a craft store, but you render your gumball necklace inedible .
Either way, it's still a creative gift idea!
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