Halloween Gumball Crafts
Today I’ve got two Halloween food crafts that are a bundle of laughs. This simple gumball bracelet and hedgehog craft both make fantastic Halloween giveaways.
Walking down the candy aisle in the grocery store last week, I spotted black and orange gumballs for Halloween. Although I didn’t know what glorious end they would come to, I did know whatever we used them for, would be a big heaping spoonful of fun!
Making edible gifts is a big part of our holiday season. Although receiving any gift is nice, when you put thought, effort and time into what you are giving, the recipient knows just how special they are to you.
Although I prefer cooking, my kids love to craft-it-up any chance they get. Today’s food crafts offered hours of family time and enormous smiles around our kitchen island.
We used our Halloween gumballs to make two adorable edible gifts:
1. Gumball Bracelets. Simply drill small holes through the gumballs with a Dremel Tool (or other small drill) and a clean bit.
Then use large needles, plastic craft needles for the little ones, and elastic cord to string the gumballs into bracelets. Make sure to tie a tight knot when the kids are finished.
2. Gumball Hedgehog Craft. This one is for older kids with a bit of patience.
Make one batch of thick royal icing. Divide it in half and add food coloring to make orange and black. You can also set a tiny portion of white aside for eyes, if you want.
I really like vibrant McCormick Food Colorings for royal icing. I used black, and then red and yellow to make orange.
Place the royal icing in piping bags with small #3-5 tips. I like to place each piping bag, tip-down, in a glass with a moist paper towel at the bottom, so they don’t dry out.
Place the gumballs on a cooling rack so they don’t roll away. Pipe a bead of royal icing on the top of each gumball. Allow it to set, then pipe a smaller bead of royal icing on top of the first, to create a snout. Once the snout is set, pipe tiny eyes and noses.
Give the faces plenty of time to harden, Then start gluing the candy corns on each gumball. The royal icing needs to be somewhat firm for this, so they don’t slide off. We squeezed a little into a cup to let it air out a bit and thicken.
Place one candy corn at a time on each gumball, and allow them to set as you work through all the gumballs. Then shift the gumballs a little and repeat. This will take some time…
In fact, it may be something your kids work on off-and-on all day. Don’t you just love long-winded crafts on a rainy day?
Let the hedgehogs dry overnight before moving or wrapping.
It took between 12-16 candy corns per hedgehog craft.
40 gumballs + 640 candy corns + 1 recipe royal icing = One Big Ol’ Time!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
2 Tb. Meringue Powder
4 cups Powdered Sugar
4-5 Tb. Warm Water
McCormick Food Colorings (black, red and yellow)
Place the meringue powder and powdered sugar in a bowl. Add 4 tablespoons of warm water and whisk until smooth.
The royal icing should be slightly thicker than school glue. Add another tablespoon of water if needed.
Add food coloring if desired.
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