A Gumball-inspired Preteen Reading Nook

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

When I was 12 years old, I dreamed of having a reading nook like this –colorful, whimsical and sweet. I was lucky enough to make the dream come true for someone else. I found it hard to leave…until they asked me to.

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Gumball-Inspired Preteen Reading Nook

What you need:
White Walls
Vintage white desk (Found at Habersham Antiques Market)
White plastic hand chair with painted fingernails (Found at Habersham Antiques Market)
Gumball framed artwork/photos (Get the DIY HERE), I framed carnival tickets, a photograph and colorful snow cone cups!
Gumball centerpiece (Get the DIY HERE)
Gumball chandelier (Get the DIY HERE)
Pom pom covered canvas basket, available HERE
Colorful BOOKS, wigs and pigs

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Watch the space come together!

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)
Tape
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.