How to Make a Colorful Candy Necklace


Who says you’re too old for candy? For these edible works of art, all you need are three things: a sturdy long needle, monofilament for stringing (dental floss and waxed twine are also both great for this), and gumballs in any size and color you like. Cut enough monofilament so that the piece of jewelry can drape comfortably: necklaces are typically 16 to 18 inches long, and (if you’re making a matching set) bracelets are 6 to 8 inches long. Mix and match gumball colors, or string gumballs in gradient shades of the same color for a cool ombre effect.


The rest is up to you! Gather all of your best girlfriends over for a jewelry-making crafternoon, or make them at your niece’s birthday party. These gumballs will make any candy-themed party pop!


  • A needle
  • Monofilament
  • Gumballs (in assorted colors) 


1. Thread the needle with monofilament.

2. String gumballs onto the monofilament by poking a hole through the center and pulling through to make a full necklace. 

3. Tie a knot, snipping off any excess monofilament.


Erin Furey, host of “DIY Style,” shows how to make these chic-and-sweet necklaces from start to finish.