Gumdrop Wreath

gumdrop wreath

I originally made this gumdrop wreath  for a polka dot birthday party I threw last fall, but then I loved it so much I kept it out for Christmas…now I’ve taken it out again because I think it is just perfect for Easter too!

Materials Needed:

  • 10 inch foam wreath forms
  • packing tape
  • floral wire
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • gumdrop candies: For a 10 inch wreath, I used almost 3 pounds (minus the, uh, “defective” ones that found their way into my own and my 2 year old’s tummy.)
  • spray matte sealer
  • clear glitter
  • ribbon


gumdrop wreath 11. To start, wrap a piece of packing tape around the top of the wreath form to protect the foam from the weight of the wreath while hanging.

2. Take a piece of floral wire, wrap it around, and loop it to form a hanger.  Don’t scrimp- the finished wreath is seriously heavy!

gumdrop wreath 23. Go to town gluing the gumdrops on.  I just randomly plucked them out of the bowl and glued each one on.  This was also was a good test of my perfectionist, symmetry loving self.  It was very difficult for me to stick to random colors and not make an “even” mix!

4. After you finish gluing, spray the wreath with matte sealer to help preserve it.

gumdrop wreath 35. While the sealer is wet, sprinkle a tiny bit of clear glitter on it.  It looks a lot like the sugar that covers the gumdrops, so it’s just the right amount of sparkle.

6. Loop a satin ribbon around the top of the wreath to cover up the wire hanger and glue it to the back of the foam wreath form.  That way, you can secretly hang the wreath securely on a hook, but get all the prettiness of it hanging by the ribbon.

And you’re done!

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It probably goes without saying, but….

  • Tthis is an indoor (or on a sheltered door) decoration.  Those pretty little gumdrops need to be protected from the elements!
  • Although these look good enough to eat, they shouldn’t be.  Glue and sealer will make for big tummy aches.  Make sure to keep your wreaths out of reach of little ones or anyone else who might not understand it’s for looking, not eating!


About the Author: Cheryl is a stay at home mom that just can’t get enough sewing and crafting. She shares her creative endeavors on her blog A Pretty Cool Life and in her etsy shop.

This post originally featured as a guest post in March of 2010.

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  1. Lafe's Hidden Treasures says:

    So festive! Nice share. Have a good weekend!

  2. Love Being a Nonny says:

    I love a gum drop wreath. It so reminds me of when I was little!

  3. That is super fun!

  4. This is so super cute! I am going to share a link to your post over at Dixie Pieces!

  5. a little bit of everything says:

    Makes me want to go out and buy a bag of gum drops…to eat! So cute!

  6. How cute is that!!! And thank you for showing me the 'not' way to do it also!! I always wonder if I am the ONLY one that makes mistakes!!!!

    Great idea!!

  7. I love it! So smart and cheap! Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. PeaceLoveApplesauce says:

    Never in a million years would I have thought of this.. Love it!

  9. Shel at Dreamy Nest says:

    That is stinkin' cute! Now I need a sugar fix.

  10. so cute! thank you for sharing =)

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  12. I love it! Just wondering though- how long does it keep? If I store it away for the season will it last until next year? It just seems like a lot of work to only have it one season 😉

  13. I am so glad you figured it out using glue. It turned out lovely. Thanks for sharing this project.

  14. Love that wreath…I am sure my family would eat all the candy before I got it glued on. It is so fun and festive!

  15. When I was young, we made gumdrop Christmas trees and I loved them. This wreath is gorgeous and the gumdrops bring back good memories.

  16. Amanda E says:

    Umm… this may be a dumb question, but what about ants and other bugs? I like this idea, but we live in FL & I’m afraid I’ll come home to a trail of ants on my door. :)

  17. I can’t handle how ADORABLE this is!!!! Such a cute idea…and love your blog! I just found it and cant stop looking around.