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A Homemade Valentine

This year I decided to try my hand at some homemade Valentine's for the grandkids.  I wanted to make and decorate cookies for the boys, and make gumball necklaces for the girls. 

The cookies turned out great!  The icing of them wasn't so great.  You see, I wanted to use royal icing because I have to ship the cookies, but I just don't think the kids will like the taste of the royal icing.  Don't get me wrong, royal icing is beautiful but it doesn't have that sweetness that you except a sugar cookie to have.  All I needed was them thinking that Grandma can't make good cookies.  So, after several batches of icing I decided this might not be the year for all homemade gifts.

I finally found a way to ice the cookies where they taste great, and they would harden enough for me to ship them without damaging them.  But I found this way a little too late.  There was no way I could get them to the kids in time for Valentine's Day.   Thank goodness for Southern Season, they had my back.

But, we do have a granddaughter that lives closer and we hope to see her this weekend.  Hope is the keyword.  So, I made her one of the gumball necklaces.

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First of all, you need some gumballs. 

All I could find were Double Bubble gumballs.  At first I was a little annoyed that they were all stamped with the DB logo, but after piercing several of them the little crown like logo was growing on me. 

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Next, you need some ribbon.

Keep in mind, you will also need a metal skewer to pierce the gumballs, and a needle to thread the gumballs on the ribbon.

My issues were with the needles.  Oh. My. Word.  I found some needles in one of my crafty stashes, but the eyes were so weak they broke right away.  Finally, I found a needle packed away in McD's mother's sewing kit that she had used so many years ago.  (Thanks MJ!)

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After getting several gumballs on the ribbon things started going a little more smoothly.

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See, the little logos?  They are kind of fun, I think.

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Ta-Da!!

It doesn't look to terribly bad.  I did sample a gumball, and it was pretty darn good. 🙂

I found this crafty gumball necklace idea over at One Charming Party

This was a pretty simple craft to do.  I thought it would be a fun one to do with kids, but please be sure to have an adult pierce the gumballs. 

All in all, I broke a couple of needles, poked myself with the needle that I was piercing the gumballs with, and came away with a super cute gumball necklace.

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5 Comments

  • Reply leslie (crookedstamper) February 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    CUTE!

  • Reply Katie February 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Ah, you have way more patience than I do.
    Probably tougher skin, too!
    Your granddaughter will love it.

  • Reply Jenni in KS February 13, 2011 at 6:18 am

    What a cute idea! I’m sure she will love it.
    I’d like to know what you found that worked for the icing. I think I would have gone with a sweeter or more flavorful cookie. Royal icing is pretty blah, but on the right cookie it can be the perfect finishing touch.
    We have a lot going on this morning, but I hope to have time this afternoon to make something for all of the 2nd graders at the school and a little something extra for the student I mainly work with. I just am not sure what yet! They are such a wonderful group of kids. I want it to be something special!

  • Reply Joanie February 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I love it!!

  • Reply Niki February 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I love this so much, I’m going to make these for my daughters 7th birthday favors! Can’t wait! I love your pictures!

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