Wednesday, February 15, 2012

GUMDROP PEOPLE and game printable!

This is what I shared on Studio 5 today. Aren't they SO CUTE!

I have to say, it was so fun to be there today! I love going on Studio 5 for lots of reasons, but I really love meeting the super talented guests they have on their show. I met a couple darling bloggers, and a super talented organizer. I will post more about that later. For now, here is what I shared.

These little cuties are as fun to make as they are sweet.

Weather you make them for a family game night, or a party activity/favor, or even a rainy day craft, these gumdrop people are guaranteed to please!


What you will need:

Gumdrops, large and small (Any grocery store.)

Wooden Ball Knobs 3/4" with a 3/16" hole (Hobby Lobby, $1.47 for 6)

Wooden round 3/8" balls (Hobby Lobby, $1.47 for 27)

Wooden 1/4" dowel caps (Hobby Lobby, $1.47 for 20)

Tooth picks - I prefer round.

Craft Glue - any kind you want. I like E600.


Wooden dowels (optional)

Craft paint and paint brushes.

Glue the balls or dowel caps on the knobs to make the hair.
Let them dry on dowels. Do you remember my kokeshi doll tutorial? These are the same idea.

You can see I glued the balls in different places for the different hair styles on the girls.
Paint the hair in whatever style you choose.
I painted the eyes using a toothpick, and dabbing paint on.

I didn't do anything fancy for the pink haired girl, and I like the simplicity of the bob.

These heads will balance on top of a toothpick. You can see here how it looks without the head. That way, if you and your kids make them for family night, and want to do it again in the future, you can reuse the head and make a new body. You can even swap heads for different outfits. The possibilities are endless!

Now for the fun part!

You can make the clothes however you want. A basic outfit is a large gumdrop for the body, and a small one cut in half long way for the shoes.

You will need 2 1/2 toothpicks for every doll - 1/2 toothpick for each arm, each leg, and the neck.
I cut the toothpick with the scissors.
I like the blunt end to be visible, and the pointy end slides into the gumdrop more easily.

You can get really creative with this. You won't need anything other than the gumdrops. When they are cut, the insides are sticky enough to cling to whatever they are stuck to.

The bottom of this yellow dress is just the tops of purple gumdrops that have been cut off and stuck on. The purple collar is the bottom of a purple gumdrop.

The red sleeves are made from a gumdrop cut in half.
The red buckles on the shoes are made from the top of a red gumdrop cut in half.

We can't forget the boys. All the instructions are the same, except that you may want your leg toothpicks to only have about 1/4 cut off (so, you will need an extra toothpick).

If you plan to top a cake with the people, you will need two extra toothpicks, to stick up into the shoes, and down into the cake to insure they won't fall over.

Now for the game...

If you want to make this gumdrop art into a family game night, or even a friend game night, you are in luck! I created this family and friend game board just for you!

You will need to print the game board at Costco, or somewhere that will print an 11x14, because it needs to be large enough to accommodate the size of the gumdrop folks.

You can download the file HERE. Just click the green download button.

You can print the playing cards on your computer.
You can download the file HERE. Just click the green download button.

You can download HERE. Just click the green download button.

You can make more of your own questions here.
Again... the download is HERE. Don't forget to click the green button.

Game Board
Playing Cards

Cut the cards out, and stack in a pile face down.
The first player rolls a single dice, and moves as many spaces as the roll indicates.
Follow the directions on the spot in which you land. The first one to the finish line wins!

This game is short and sweet, but will bring warm feelings to everyone who plays, with funny get to know you questions, and compliment encouraging spots on the game board.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!


linking: sun scholars, tt&j


  1. Thank you for commenting on my blog. You are an icon to me so I was excited to see a comment from you. :) I love your blog and your amazing ideas. My sister and I are obsessed with it. Thanks!

  2. Soo creative and fun! :)

  3. How creative!!! I would love if you'd link this up to my new linky party!!

    Happy Crafting, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  4. just came across these on Pinterest...they are so cute! thanks for sharing!

  5. LOVE this idea for cake toppers!!.. Birthday cakes, Christmas cakes, etc., etc.! Thanks for sharing such a CUTE and fun idea, and Happy Holidays!! ~tina

  6. These are awesome!!! Made me smile really wide :D

  7. Hello! I am a teen librarian in California. I love this craft and will be using it this summer as part of an activity day for our Summer Reading Program (the theme is Reading is So Delicious, so this ties in perfectly!) I will be presenting to a group of my colleagues in mid-January and am preparing a brief handout, which will be available to download on our website. I have included the materials necessary for the craft and very simple instructions and then pointed them to this page for full instructions and to download the game components. I was hoping that I could have your permission to use one of the photos from this page on the handout, so that people can see how cute the craft turns out. (I won't have time to make gumdrop people and take pictures of my own before the handouts are due next week.)

    Here is a link to our blog: . The handouts that we are creating will not be a blog post, but will most likely be in the Resources or SRP section.

    Thank you,

  8. Hi Juliene, I don't know how to get a hold of you directly. Thank you for asking, and if you create handouts (rather than a blog post with a direct link), I prefer to send you a picture with my blog address on the picture itself, so no one copies it without my permission in the future. If you provide me an email address, I would be happy to send you whatever photo you like. Thanks again, and I hope people love it!

  9. Hi, I was just trying to download your cute gumdrop game, but when I click on the links, small thumbnails just come up...I can't see any way to download the files. Was hoping to do this with some girls this weekend. Any chance I could get the file from you? Thanks so much!