Here’s a sweet and easy idea for DIY party decor, courtesy of Joyful Scribblings: gumball monogram topiaries! Made of just a few simple materials, they come together in a snap, and the candy makes them perfect for a birthday party.

DIY gumball monogram topiary - so cute for a birthday party!

To make a topiary, you need:

– A white wood letter (available at craft stores such as Hobby Lobby)
– A dowel rod
– Ribbon
– A styrofoam cube
– Wrapping paper
– Hot glue gun

Instructions: Hot glue gumballs onto the wood letter. Make a bow and hot glue it in place on the letter. Wrap a length of ribbon around the dowel rod and glue the ends down to secure. Hot glue the dowel rod to the back of the letter. Wrapped a styrofoam cube with wrapping paper and stick the dowel rod into the cube.

Alternate idea: You could also put the finished letter and (unwrapped) styrofoam cube into a small flowerpot or a vase filled with candy!

DIY gumball monogram topiary - so cute for a birthday party!

Thanks to Dawn at Joyful Scribblings for sharing! : )

For more ideas on decorating with candy, check out Paige’s candy party or this round-up of ideas. Or for lots more DIY party decor ideas, click here!

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Or, check out more Sweet Shoppe party ideas on Pinterest or here on my blog!


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  1. 1
    Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 5:33 pm
    Creative Printables says:
    This is so cute! Thanks for sharing the idea!
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      Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 5:34 pm
      Heather says:
      You're welcome! Thanks for reading! : )
  2. 2
    Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 at 1:22 am
    Kari - the Sweetest Memory says:
    These are the cutest ever! I am pinning for future kids birthday parties. Thanks for sharing!
    • 2.1
      Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 at 12:40 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Kari! So cute and very easy to make! The kids will love them! : )
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    Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 4:17 pm
    Marian (Sweetopia) says:
    So cute!
    • 3.1
      Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 5:01 pm
      Heather says:
      Thanks Marian! : )
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    Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 5:30 pm
    Michelle says:
    What a fun and colorful idea! Love it!
    • 4.1
      Friday, July 12th, 2013 at 10:20 am
      Heather says:
      Yay! Thanks Michelle! : )
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    Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 9:32 pm
    Sims says:
    Hi, such a cute idea. This is going to be my first DIY, if at all :) I was wondering how many days on advance I can make this. I dont want to do this last minute since I have to make 7-8 of them.
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      Sunday, December 14th, 2014 at 7:22 am
      Heather says:
      I would guess they last fairly indefinitely. : )
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    Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at 2:31 pm
    Tiera says:
    Hello, what size dowel rod did you use?
    • 6.1
      Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 at 3:08 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Tiera! I'm not sure what size was used, sorry!