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how to: make gumdrop placeholders

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Ok, some of you longtime readers know that I like to craft as much as I like to cook. So thought I’d share a random idea I had for easy placeholders (or food labels!) for my annual Christmas party this past weekend!

Call me Martha, but I always love making little labels for the various dishes I make whenever I host anything buffet-style. Since I happened to have a few gumdrops leftover (from making a wreath similar to this cute one), I thought it would be fun to put them to use for some Christmas-themed placeholders!

So behold, my little creation was born. All in all they took about 10 minutes to make, used only two ingredients and a handful of common supplies, and were commented on again and again by all of my friends! So thought I’d at least offer a quick “how-to” on here for anyone else who might be looking for a fun and very inexpensive project for your holiday parties. Enjoy!

How To Make Gumdrop Placeholders


  • gumdrops
  • cardstock paper (either plain, or look in the scrapbook aisle for fun colors)
  • scissors or papercutter
  • pen/marker
  • a sharp, thin knife


Begin by cutting your paper to your preferred size/shape. (I used a papercutter to cut mine into 1″ x 2.5″ rectangles.)  Write your messages on the individual pieces of paper, leaving a little room for the gumdrop at the bottom.

To prepare the gumdrops, use a sharp knife to carefully cut about halfway through the gumdrop, beginning at the top. If you would like your papers to slant slightly back (for easier viewing from above), make the cuts at a slight angle towards you.

Then grip a piece of paper on both sides (with both hands) and carefully slide it into the gumdrop. Repeat for as many as you’d like to make.

Ali’s Tip:

Another simple step would be to use a punch of your desired shape on one side of the paper. Or to use a punch to cut the 4 corners of each paper into a cute border/shape.

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14 comments on “how to: make gumdrop placeholders”

  1. These have to be cutest placeholders in the entire world! Too cute!

  2. Hey Ali! Your blog just gets gooder and gooder! I’m spreading the word. Have a best Holiday!

  3. These are way too cute!! I would’ve never though of using gumdrops this way–you’re brilliant :-)

  4. What a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing it!

  5. great idea! love it! Way better than having to eat those nasty things. ;)

  6. What a cute idea! I am visiting from Lindsey’s blog!

  7. Hi Ali. We LOVE little makes like this. We set up a site to show them off. Would you mind if we featured this on Loving your blog, still working my way through it :-)

  8. Oh my gosh, this is such an adorable idea!!! I totally need to remember this for next year :)

  9. too cute! may use at my daughter’s candy themed sweet 16! inexpensive and clever!