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.
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.
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!)
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.