christmas gum tree

Christmas Gum Tree {#GiveExtraGum}

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I love taking traditional crafts and doing a new spin on them, especially during the holidays! I have made a bunch of cone trees over the years, as many bloggers have, and because they are an old faithful, it is fun to go completely outside of the box with materials. This Christmas or winter tree made out of gum, yes, like chewing gum, is so fun and something I have never done (or dare I say it, seen) before! Sure this has always been an amazing stocking stuffer, but now it can take a more prominent place- right on the mantle!

Plus- it smells amazing!!  #giveextragum #shop

I had so much making these trees and they were super easy. I grabbed 15 packs of Extra Gum when I was at Walmart, you know, because it was a day that ended in ‘y’, and some white cardstock (they have great prices on both!), I only used 8 packs for both trees but I see another gum craft in my future so stay tuned! I also chose the Polar Ice flavor, for two reasons; if there were extras it is my favorite flavor and the white and turquoise matches my holiday theme this year. I always try to decorate my mantle in a wintery theme that can easily be transformed from Hanukkah to Christmas and I am going all white with turquoise accents this year and these trees fit in great! Plus, it is such an adorable and affordable craft! If you used paper you had on hand, these trees would cost about $7 for both! We love a frugal and fun craft!!

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To start, I made the cone form, you could totally pick up a paper-mache or styrofoam one from the craft store but I have found that these paper ones work just as well and are just pennies to make. They are totally my go to these days. Then, I learned something important, you cannot hot glue one piece of glue to another piece of glue- if you like me on facebook, you heard this tip earlier this week. Because of this, it is important to glue the gum to the paper cone, because it won’t stick to itself or another piece.

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I started by doing the bottom row, naturally, and went all the way around. Then for the next row I went up about an inch and started gluing again. I got white paper so that any paper that may show through, would not be noticeable in the end. I probably used 4-5 packs on the bigger tree and 3-4 on the smaller tree. It smelled really good in the craft room while I was working on these and I can still catch a whiff when I am walking by the mantle- love it! I have cinnamon pine cones next to them so it is quite a fragrant display!

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Go all the way up until you get to the top and bend the gum a bit before gluing it on so it gets the right shape of the top of the cone. #GiveExtraGum #shop 4

Then place them on the mantle, shelf, candlesticks or wherever and admire your handy work!!

I love these, I can’t wait to do some more gum crafts!

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11 Responses to Christmas Gum Tree {#GiveExtraGum}

  1. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet November 24, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    How creative is this?! I would have never thought to create a wintry Christmas tree out of gum…way to think outside the box! Love it!

    • November 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Thanks so much! I think the best part is that it smells so good!!

  2. Britni November 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    I love this idea (actually considered doing it myself)! Such a fun and creative way to use the gum.

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

    • November 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      Thanks so much, I had a lot of fun doing it!!

  3. Melanie November 24, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    What a fun gum craft! Neat take on an old favorite!

    • November 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      Thanks so much!! I appreciate it!!

  4. katie November 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Ummm this is pretty darn genius! I love the gum tree!

    • November 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

      Thanks so much! I loved the challenge!

  5. Ashlee November 24, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    I bet it smelled great (although I think my husband and kids would totally sneak pieces off until it was bare, they’d probably thing that’s what it was FOR!!!) Very pretty!

    • November 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

      LOL, I am kind of surprised that hasn’t happened yet!

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