Gumball Chandelier

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I needed the perfect chandelier for a budget conscience preteen room inspired by gumballs. Everything I loved was over our budget, so we decided to make our own. What was a sad ($29) thrift store find is now an adorable chandelier over a vintage desk!

Bubblegum-inspired Chandelier
(makes 1)

What you need:
1 inexpensive newly wired chandelier to fit the size of your room (I used an 18″ diameter)
Painter’s tape
Spray paint (I used orange)
Gumballs of varying sizes and colors
Hot Glue
Round colored light bulbs

What to do:
Cheap Chandelier
1. Make sure your chandelier is wired well. If not, buy an inexpensive wiring kit from your hardware store and follow the directions. It’s super easy to do.
2. Remove anything dangling (like crystals) and save them for another craft project.
3. Use the painters tape to tape off each of the light sockets (I shove the tape down in the socket).
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4. Spray paint the chandelier doing many light coats until completely covered.
5. Remove painters tape.
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6. Now is the fun part!!! Glue your gumballs onto the chandelier in fun patterns. There is no right or wrong answer here! Just have fun!!
7. Add round colored light bulbs.
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Watch how this room came together!

Gumball Picture Frames

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

The first time I covered a picture frame with edibles was in college. The second time was last week with these gumballs. I’m OBSESSED!!! I love how the different colors all work so well together, how they make what’s in the frame POP and that I got to chew so much gum while I was doing it.

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Gumball Picture Frame
makes 1

What you need: 
1 flat surfaced front picture frame
Gumballs (I used small gumballs)
Hot Glue
Cheeky picture or something else to frame

What to do: 
Decide on your pattern. I REALLY love the multi-colored one.

Remove the backing and glass from the frame and set aside. Working back and forth from each corner of the frame, hot glue gumballs along the edge until you reach the center of the row. You may need to figure out spacing as you go. I alternated colors…but in no particular pattern. Work your way around the frame gluing the gumballs on. Then do a second row. Replace the glass, add your cheeky picture and backing. Hang out of direct sunlight. So stinkin’ cute

Gumball Centerpiece

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

The easiest centerpiece that can also serve as dessert if your dinner guests are of the “carny” kind!

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Gumball Centerpiece
makes 1

What you need: 
1 jar
Gumballs (enough to fill jar)
Midway tickets (enough to wrap around the mouth of the jar)
10 small pom pom (learn how to make them HERE)
Hot glue
10 straws

What to do: 
1. Fill jar with gumballs
2. Wrap tickets around the mouth of the jar and secure with tape.
3. Hot glue pom poms to the tops of the straws.
4. Stick straws down into gumballs for a fun carnival inspired centerpiece.
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Other Pom Pom Crafts To Do:
Watermelon Pom Poms
Pom Pom Pool Party
Pom Pom Easter Basket

Gumballs! An Ordinary to Extraordinary Video

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I had THE BEST time doing this video! Like all things in my food-inspired life, I  take an ordinary object…like a colorful gumball and try to make it extraordinary by doing a few simple things that everyone can do! I’ll share all the crafts this week. Until then, enjoy the carnival of fun.

Polished in a Pinch: Homework Flowers

By Libbie Summers for Terra’s Kitchen
Assisted by David Dempsey

Welcome to “Polished in a Pinch,” a new weekly lifestyle series in collaboration with Terra’s Kitchen. Each week, I’ll share a new hack, tip, or recipe to take things to the next level in a short amount of time!

When my son was young, I couldn’t bare to discard anything his little hands had created – a sentiment that ended when he started growing facial hair and an attitude. You can imagine how many containers of coloring book pages and turkeys made out of construction paper hands started to pile up. Something had to be done.  Like Terra’s Kitchen, I’m a big fan of upcycling before recycling. It’s easy to toss something in the recycling bin. But, it’s a little harder (and a lot more fun) to figure out how to transform it into something beautiful and useful. These Homework Flowers are the perfect example. With the help of little hands, what was once math worksheets and coloring book pages are now the homespun chic centerpiece of the dinner table.
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Homework Flowers
Makes 5 flowers

What you need:
5 sheets of homework, coloring book pages, old mail, old maps
1 spatula
1 piece of paper card stock
1 pencil
1 pair of scissors
5 paper cup cake liners (colorful is best)
1 glue stick
5 paper straws
1 mason jar/vase/glass/whatever
What to do:
1. Make flower template: Place the head of the spatula on the card stock and draw aro
und it (moving it in a circle) to make the petals of a flower. Cut out.
2. Make flower base: Place the template on each sheet of homework paper and draw around. Cut out.
3. Make flower center: Fold the cupcake liner in half and make small cuts 1-inch from the edge to the center.
4. Assemble the flowers: Use the glue stick to glue the center of the flower onto the
homework flower. Fold the flower petals up to create a flat area at the base of the flower. Pinch the end of your paper straw to create a flat area (your straw will be your flower stem). Glue the flat part of the flower to the flat part of the straw. Set aside to dry. Continue with the remaining flowers and straws.
5. Make the arrangement: Scrunch the petals of your flowers a little with your hands so they are not so flat. Bunch the flowers together and drop in the glass jar. Place in the center of your table. Unlike other flowers, this arrangement will last for weeks! Remember to recycle when done using.
Pro Tip: For big drama, place multiple jars filled with the paper flowers all over the table.
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