Gumdrop Christmas Ornament

how to make gumdrop ornaments

Our original gumdrop ornaments are so quick and simple to make, you will want to make a whole tree full.

Make gumdrop Christmas tree ornaments in a variety of colors.Materials:

  • 2" Styrofoam ball
  • Acrylic paint - red, orange, green, purple, yellow
  • Paint brush
  • Crystal glitter *
  • Serrated knife (such as a steak knife)
  • 2 1/2" Piece of thin wire (approximately 30 gauge)
  • White glue (such as Elmer's or tacky glue)
  • Toothpick

*In the container, crystal glitter looks much like white glitter but is more translucent

  1. Squeeze the top of a Styrofoam ball into a gumdrop shape and paint with acrylic paint.Using a serrated knife, cut a piece off of the Styrofoam ball to make a flat spot.  The flat spot will be the bottom of the gumdrop.
  2. Using your fingers, squeeze the ball into a gumdrop shape.
  3. Paint the bottom of the gumdrop with acrylic paint and while still wet, sprinkle with glitter.  See out Hints and Tips section for hints on working with glitter.
  4. Stick a toothpick into the bottom of the gumdrop.  Hold your gumdrop by the toothpick and finish painting it.  Again, while the paint is still wet, sprinkle with glitter.  Stick the other end of the toothpick into a Styrofoam block, a Styrofoam plate or poke a hole into a cardboard box and stick the end of the toothpick in while your gumdrop dries.
  5. Twist wire into a loop to make a hanger for your gumdrop Christmas ornaments. Take a piece of wire approximately 2 1/2" long and fold it in half.  Twist the ends together forming a loop as pictured.  Dip the twisted end of the wire into white glue and stick it into the top of your gumdrop as a hanger.

Once your gumdrop is dry, attach an ornament hook to your hanger and it is ready for the tree.


Use different size Styrofoam balls to make Gumdrop Ornaments in a variety of sizes.  Also, make Gumdrop Ornaments in a variety of colors! 

For a beautiful gift, cover a piece of cardboard with foil, place several gumdrop ornaments on top and wrap with cellophane.  Finish off with a bow.

Package your gumdrops for gift giving

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