Edible necklace ideas

Claire Gallam

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Growing up, candy necklaces were the hot accessory at almost every birthday party I went to. Boy, girl, it didn't matter. Handfuls of these necklaces were handed out as party favors. Despite this happening over 20 years ago, bead necklaces are still quite popular at birthday parties today. Instead of buying the overly processed ones at the store, make your own edible candy necklaces with these two simple and fun ideas!

Edible necklace

These favors will instantly keep the kids at any birthday party occupied for hours and will be a hit for the adults alike!

Ring candy string necklace

Yields 6 necklaces

This necklace is great because it doesn't require any prep work and can be made by anyone, even small kids!


  • 4 - 5 packages of flavored ring candy
  • 1 - 2 boxes of circle cereal (like Apple Jacks or Cheerios)
  • 6 strings of multi-colored string or floss
  • Assortment of other stringable candy


  1. Lay out string, candies and cereal. Let guests create their own necklaces by stringing a variety of candy, cereal and other bite size morsels on their necklaces! Tightly tie the ends of the string or floss and enjoy!

Gumball bead necklace

Yields 5 small necklaces

Because gumballs don't naturally have holes, this will require a bit of prep work by an adult before it can be assembled. See the step by step tutorial on 1 Fine Cookie.


  • About 50 gumballs in different colors and sizes
  • Multi-colored string
  • Thumb tack
  • Drill
  • 7/64 drill bit (or drill needle)
  • Small sewing needle


  1. Using the thumbtacks, poke a hole into the center of the gumballs. Using the drill with a 7/64 drill bit, drill a hole through the center of the gumball (starting at the hole you poked with the thumbtack).
  2. Tie the string or ribbon around a small sewing needle and thread the string through the hole in the gumball. Repeat until you're happy with the number of gumballs on your necklace!

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.