DIY Gumdrop Tree


I knew it was coming.

As soon as I said, “I haven’t been sick in a long time.”

It started a couple days ago with just a tickle in my throat.

It’s progressed to a nasty dry hacking cough, w/ body aches, etc. that won’t let me sleep.

Rick had to sleep on the couch last night because I would have kept him up.

I heard it ‘s making the rounds, so keep washing those hands.

I’ll keep this short, but sweet 🙂

Do you like gumdrops?

I know my Mom does, she tried to steal mine on Thanksgiving.

This is not my first “Gumdrop Tree”.

You might say I’m an experienced Gumdrop Tree maker…hmmm?

5 years ago our girls and I made one and I thought it was such a cute project with the kiddos.

This year, I did most of it, but they did help a little.

You can see the fun Valerie is having…(not)

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Was it worth it Val?

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I’m not sure what happened to our first Gumdrop Tree, but I’m keeping this one.

The gumdrops do harden up, and I’ll spray it with a little poly to preserve it and keep ants away.

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I placed it in our foyer, and there it will stay through Christmas & New Years.

Although it could go lots of places.

It’s so colorful, and would make a sweet hostess gift.

She even looks good on our “Stump End Table“.

How to make your own Gumdrop Tree!

If you would like to make one, you will need a Styrofoam tree cone.

You can find those at the dollar store, or Michaels.

Then load up on spice gels.

Spice gels?

That’s what they were called at K-mart.

I ran out of Meijer brand and we had to stop for more.

We bolted into K-mart one day and found them.

Spice gels…they’re gumdrops people!

We had a bit of a laughing attack in K-mart that day.

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We snapped our tooth picks in thirds, and started at the top.

It’s really quite easy to make.

Perfect fun for young children or grandchildren.

(remember they are a choking hazard)

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If you like it, please pin it so others can try it 🙂

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You will see me in the upper right hand corner of every photo when you hover over it.


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21 Responses

  1. debbiedoos says:

    Yummy umy yum! I’m afraid I would eat it, although it is way too cute!

  2. Debra Matovic says:

    My mother has made these for years. If you plan on being able to eat the gumdrops after the holiday (they’ll be a little hard), do not use the toothpicks. They will splinter when trying to take them out. Instead use straight pins and then you can easily pull them out with a pair of needle nose pliers.

  3. kristin says:

    This is adorable, wouldn’t last long in my house 🙂

  4. Dee says:

    That is one sweet and yummy tree!

  5. Your gumball tree turned out great – how fun is that??

  6. Gumdrops – the word makes me smile!

  7. Julie! This is a really cute idea. If that sat in front of me it wouldn’t have gumdrops on it long. lol


  8. Sharon says:

    I am now craving gum drops! And the tree is so colorful and festive..perfect for the holidays.

  9. I forgot how much I love gum drops {or spice drops I think they are called at Walgreens}. Yum. I haven’t seen one of these in ages!! Love it and pinning!

  10. Super cute! Adding to my craft list to keep the kiddos occupied during Christmas break.

  11. This gumdrop tree is aDORable, Julie! I just included it in my roundup of 15 New Year Crafts & DIYs on my blog! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  12. What a fun project to make with my grandkids. I’m visiting from Creative Cain Cabin and the link up she has there.

  13. Pam says:

    Thanks again. Might do this one too. !!

  14. Carol S. says:

    Looks easy and cute! Thanks.

  15. Ivory says:

    I love this idea. The gumdrops are hard to find, at least for me. I will look for some tomorrow.
    Sorry I’ve not been responding much, it’s not because I don’t enjoy your site, because I love your site. A lots going on.

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